Posted by Marcia on April 22, 1998 at 10:11:12:
In Reply to: DDL vs. Leonardo posted by Kiki on April 22, 1998 at 01:23:24:
Hi, Kiki! Leonardo vs DDL? Titanic vs LOTM? OK, here goes my opinion, for what it's worth. Leo and Dan...there is no greater DDL fan to be found on this site, and probably not on this planet. I think he's the best actor I've ever seen. Having said that, I have to say I believe Leonardo DiCaprio is the best young actor to come along in many years. I base that on several of his performances, and not just on Titanic, which isn't his personal best role, by any means. Don't underestimate this young man, just because the press has gone overboard in covering his every move. He is very talented, and very appealing, and I expect he will only improve with the years, if he doesn't let this experience throw him off track. If you don't believe he is a great young actor, check out What's Eating Gilbert Grape, among other films, and be ready for a surprising performance.
Titanic vs LOTM. No comparison there in artistic merit, perhaps, and I will never watch Titanic over 100 times, I'm sure, as I have LOTM. But, I HAVE seen it 4 times, and do plan to see it again. And I'm NOT under 18...I'm over 50. The movie is not what I would call a "great" film, in many ways. But it IS a very engrossing story. If you are a Titanic buff, as many history fans are, this is the best representation of what that beautiful ship was really like. It is so powerful to feel you are actually on board on that fateful night. For me, the story of Jack & Rose is just a sweet little romance (not comparable to Hawkeye & Cora) to add some personal interest to the movie. The real story is the SHIP, and James Cameron has done a wonderful job of capturing that astounding achievement...the largest moving object ever built by man. Every detail has been carefully duplicated, from the china, to the grand staircase, and shows you exactly what living the good life would have been like in that era. But the real accomplishment is in the historical representation of the sinking, which is excellent...as close as anyone has ever come to what probably happened, Jack & Rose aside. And I cannot imagine anyone watching this on the big screen and not being on the edge of their seats during the last 30 minutes of the film. I come out of the theater every time feeling like I've actually been a witness to the events of that Night to Remember.
So, again, DDL wins, and in most regards, LOTM wins...but watch out for young Mr. DiCaprio, and go see Titanic. It is worth it, if only to watch the stern of that great behemoth come rising out of the water with all those people hanging on as it plunges straight down to the bottom. You won't forget the image for a long time.
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