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Sylvia Fraser Film Review Coursework - Media Assignment How has James Cameron presented and adapted the true story of the Titanic for the cinema? Directed by James Cameron, 'Titanic' is a popular recreation of the famous nautical disaster. Captivating its audience with its authentic setting, its powerful romantic storyline, and the fabulous acting of the rising young stars Leonardo DiCaprio (Jack Dawson) and Kate Winslet (Rose DeWitt Bukater), the blockbuster movie picked up awards in eleven categories at the Academy Awards Ceremony 1998. The film quickly replaced 'Gone with the Wind' as the largest box-office blockbuster of all time. While searching for the Coeur de la Mer diamond, a huge necklace lost in the tragic disaster of the 'Titanic', Brock Lovett (Bill Paxton) and his crew meet Rose Dawson (Gloria Stuart), a 100-year-old woman, who was the model for a nude drawing in a sketchbook found aboard the corpse of the 'Titanic'. As memories come flooding back, after having a glimpse of the fated ship, Rose tells her story to Brock and his crew. Once again, she becomes the fianc�e of rich Cal Hockley (Billy Zane) and daughter of Ruth DeWitt Bukater (Frances Fisher). Joining the rich, Molly Brown (Kathy Bates), and the poor, Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio), as they sail in the trust of the ship's designer, J. ...read more.


The music, by James Horner, set the tone of the entire film, with Celine Dion's 'My Heart Will Go On' becoming the theme tune, the song used during the memorable 'flying' scene. Rose calls the Titanic, "the Ship of Dreams", and yet to her it was a slave ship taking her home to America. Her clothes, make-up, and characteristics all reflect the control her mother and fianc�e have over her. On the surface, the world (her mother) has shaped her; silently, she is screaming, not wanting to be married a man she will never love (Cal). These two (her mother and Cal) walk arm in arm throughout the movie trying to keep Rose from running away. Rose is unmoved by the 'Titanic'; this forces Cal to make the comment that God himself could not sink the ship. Jack's boarding of 'Titanic' is altogether different from Rose's. The sharp contrast between the two worlds they inhabit begins right here. He wins a ticket, which means he is going home. Unlike her slow walk up the gangplank, he leaps onboard at the last moment. While she unpacks cases of luggage in her staterooms, he throws his single bag on a bunk bed. He is freedom personified. Filled with life, he runs leaps, shouts, and waves as he boards the ship. ...read more.


Although DiCaprio's talent seems to make Jack came to life, Jack seems to have only charming flaws, however for the rules, a little too perfect for a young artisan. Both DiCaprio and Winslet are excellent choices, conveying all the emotions expected in a romance, both actors playing to their individual strengths. However, to this familiar 'Romeo and Juliet' story between Jack and Rose, Cameron forgets the truth of the 'Titanic', and the tragic sinking and loss of life seems to be an afterthought, an approach that seems wrong for a three-hour film. The disaster only seems to take centre stage when the ship sinks. Nevertheless, the other passengers and crew are all but ignored, causing the audience to miss out and not appreciate the scale of the sinking. The film pleases the viewer with an all-star cast, glorious cinematography, a wonderful wardrobe, held together by the attention to detail and Cameron's broad control of the film. Unfortunately, like most films, 'Titanic' has its flaws. With much opportunity to integrate both the love story and the disastrousness of the sinking, Cameron's treatment of the event is awkward and disappointing. By weakening the true story in favour of a fictional romance, the film becomes one-sided, unreal. Irrevocably 'Titanic' entertains, giving its viewer a visually exceptional recreation of the sinking, along with a captivating love story, unquestionably a motion picture to be witnessed at least once. ...read more.

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