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1997: Titanic

Cover of "Titanic : Music from the Motion...

Cover of Titanic : Music from the Motion Picture

Titanic, once the highest-grossing movie of all time (until it was taken over by Avatar), is considered by many, to be the most successful movie ever to be made. At a whopping 194 minutes long, this movie epic depicts the unfortunate story of the greatest ship ever built, the RMS Titanic, which, during its voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City, hit a huge iceberg and sank, ending in the death of over 1500 passengers (1517 passengers, to be precise). Directed by the discernibly distinguished director, James Cameron, this movie classic stars one of the most brilliant and respected actors to appear in the movie industry, Leonardo DiCaprio, along with also highly renowned actress, Kate Winslet.

The story focuses around two passengers in particular, who meet on board the Titanic: Jack (DiCaprio) and Rose (Winslet) – two people from entirely different social backgrounds who fall in love during the journey to New York. As the movie goes on, their relationship develops further, starting from not knowing each other at all, to eventually being completely in love, wanting to spend the rest of their lives with each other. Unfortunately for them, though, the disastrous fate of the Titanic cuts this relationship short, with Jack and Rose eventually, being in each others arms in the ocean in the middle of the wreck, with nothing left to do, but hope to be rescued.

The movie then ends, with Jack dying, and Rose living a full, yet reminiscent life, telling back her story of how she met and fell in love with Jack, all whilst the most impressive ship ever built reaches its sad demise. The movie then ends with a scene showing Rose, being reunited with Jack once again, 84 long years later, in a somewhat dream-like sequence; possibly some sort of afterlife, being happy once again back in 1912, as Jack kisses her once again, like he did all those years ago..

Although this movie is quite accurate, it isn’t completely accurate in terms of matching the actual events at which the Titanic occurred, as it has been tailored to be more Hollywood-esque. But, of course, the added dramatic storylines, especially the relationship between Jack and Rose, make this movie an even more dramatically emotional rollercoaster, and this only drastically improves the quality and enjoyment of the movie, combined of course, with the primary storyline of the sinking of the Titanic. A brilliantly crafted movie, by a brilliant director; this movie is a great piece of work. It shows the lives of two young strangers, who become one through love, whilst going through a massive and historical, yet hugely unfortunate event, which cuts their destinies short. A compelling and emotional watch, this is one movie that everyone will enjoy.

By Manpreet Singh

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