Posted by Marcia on January 16, 1998 at 07:42:18:
In Reply to: Opinions on Titanic? posted by Tom Kilbane on January 15, 1998 at 23:21:59:
I am compelled to respond to your well-thought out post on Titanic, and say that I absolutely love this film. I've been twice, and am heading back tonight for a 3rd viewing. For anyone fascinated with the story of the disaster, it's a must-see. And for anyone interested in history at all. Sorry, Carol, I disagree with your assessment about disaster being a proper subject for films. Disasters of various sorts, including the massacre at Fort William Henry, have been subjects for film & books since the art of story telling began. It's one way we pay our respects to the victims of such sad events, by refusing to forget them. Of course, there are disaster films, and there are "disaster" films.
Anyway, Leonardo di Caprio is a very strong, compelling actor and even won my husband over by his portrayal in Titanic. (I have admired him since his performance in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, wherein he played a retarded boy so completely that I didn't know he was an actor. I thought they had actually cast someone with the same medical condition as the story's character.) The cinematography is beautiful, the soundtrack haunting, and the scope of the disaster incredibly depicted. I thought it was an enormously powerful movie. My husband is a history buff, and his father is collects information on the Titanic, and I have it on good authority that this film is a very accurate version of the disaster. And while it is, indeed, very powerful stuff & brings tears to the eyes of most viewers, it is not a depressing movie. There is hope & redemption & a theme that deals with "making it count." (Life, that is.) I recommend posters go see it and decide for themselves. (This is not to say I will be watching it as many times as I have watched LOM, of course. My Mohican Mania will remain unscathed.)
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