Although dubious Captain Smith and his crew, let Rose Bukater (Gloria Stuart) tell the tale of the ships ultimate demise. She begins the tale as a spoiled rich girl who takes life for granted. Kate Winslet is Rose in the past, and she is on the verge of being married to a wealthy industrialist Cal (Billy Zane). She does not love him, but is under the social pressures to make the marriage work and secure her and her mother's financial future. These pressures put her on the verge of suicide, until she comes across a young man Jack Dawson (Leonardo Dicaprio) who talks her out of it. The two begin courting each other despite her being an aristocrat, and he being a third-class passenger. Cameron attempts to encapsulate every aspect of what would be happening on the ship at the time. This includes the classes, the luxury, and social status of everyone on board. The attention to detail is astounding as it's hard not believe it was 1912. The hubris of the crew, first class passengers, and captain led to the ship's demise. Nearly attempts you to fall in love with the characters and the ship, so you become all the more remorseful when the ship befalls its tragic end.
The focal point of the film really is a budding romance between Jack and Rose. Cameron tries to demonstrate that true love can happen regardless of circumstances, class, or wealth. The decision to cast the once then heart-throb DiCaprio had countless teenage girls gushing over this film. Although this may one of the weaker aspects of the film, this gave Titanic a bad reputation that is not particularly deserving. The allure in the film is the attention to detail with the costumes, setting, and sets and it cost a whopping 200 million which was an enormous budget for 1997. The film has an excellent supporting cast, as Rose's mother and her fiancÚ are both detestable. Kathy Bates does a good job providing comic relief in the stuff first class scene. The last half of the film or so is the ship's collision with the iceberg and its eventual sinking. The way this was done was simply breathtaking, and is a complete opposite of the calm and cool first half. The special effects done to wreck the Titanic were top notch, and believable. Its these aspects of the film that warrant the film winning 11 Oscars including best picture, director, editing, costumes, and effects. Titanic truly is a great film for taking the audience on a journey to 1912 and to witness and feel like a part of one of the most tragic events in ship history.
The first half of the film focuses on a made up forbidden love affair between a rich first class passenger Rose (Kate Winslet) and a poor third class ticket holder Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio).
The second half of the film focuses on the actual events of the ship hitting the iceberg and sinking.
The production design which included intricate details of the decks and replicas of the ship are excellent and rightfully won an Academy Award for long time James Bond movie veteran Peter Lamont.
These epics just are better films I find. The extended running time allows more detail and better examples of the directors work. In this film James Cameron is the director (The Terminator, Aliens).
A film I won't have the time or inclination to watch again but one I would strongly advise everyone to watch at some stage.