September 20, 2014
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Titanic
Don Fowler
5 stars
Reviewer's Rating:

(Classic film even better in 3D)

Rule No. 1: We seldom see a movie more than once.

Rule No. 2: We are not overly excited about 3D.

Rule No. 3: Forget Rules 1 and 2 when it comes to James Cameron's 3D remake of the 11 Oscars Titanic.

From the opening scenes of the 1912 ocean liner lying on the ocean floor to the closing scene of an aging Rose standing at the stern of a ship, "Titanic" lives up to its hype as the movie to see again. We were pleased to see a number of young people watching the movie for the first time, plus parents bringing their young children to show them that Hollywood does have the talent to produce quality films.

On this 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, it is well worth your time and money to sit in a dark theatre for three and a quarter hours and soak up a piece of history, while being treated to one of the best love stories ever seen on the big screen.

A young Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are Jack and Rose, the star-crossed lovers, she traveling with her wealthy family and fiancé in the royal suite, and he sleeping in a crowded room below deck.

An aging Rose, brilliantly portrayed by Gloria Stuart, tells the story, softening a hard-nosed exploration crew intent on recovering a priceless necklace.

And what a story it is. We see how the upper class and lower class live on the Titanic. We watch love bloom as two young people from different worlds come together in the midst of tragedy. We see how on one hand people can be so selfless, and on the other hand how they can be so selfish.

Titanic is both an intimate love story and also an epic drama, filled with frightening scenes as the ship hits an iceberg and slowly sinks. The big lesson in the story is to make every day count, and the big moral is that we are all human beings and should be treated with respect. The movies don't get any better than this.

Rated PG-13, with a touch of nudity, profanity and violence, but all handled with the utmost care and acceptable for mature young people.


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