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Movie Review: Titanic

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you must have come across the viral ‘water’ snapchat filter on Facebook, featuring a famous scene from the 1997 movie Titanic.

What scene? You know exactly what scene – the one where Rose repetitively calls Jack’s name to tell him about the boat, without knowing he passed away because neither of them thought to share that damn piece of debris and float off, both surviving together.

This is not the first time that social media has thrown it back, and revived a classic. Titanic tells the tale of a fictional love story of Jack and Rose, based on a true event – the sinking of Titanic, the ship. Jack first meets and saves Rose from an attempted suicide. Despite their disparate social classes, they fall in love. The ship soon hits an iceberg and sinks. Upon dying, he reassures her of the importance to live on and “die an old lady warm in her bed.”

Speaking of survival, it’s crazy that Rose survives afloat in water. It’s insane to say so, but what Titanic represents here is quite coincidentally its own position in the contemporary film industry. There is something essential sustaining Rose’s faith to ‘never let go’ despite being surrounded by 1,500 victims. Similarly, the movie has an essence that perpetuates its merit in the midst of this fast-paced film environment.

For Rose, her survival stems from her hope, courage, and love (for herself and obviously not Jack. Because we all know, if she really loved Jack, she probs would have shifted over a little and shared her floating piece of debris).

Titanic epically and romantically presents Rose’s tale of survival (albeit through selfishness), and aesthetically the glittering sediment remaining after the turbulent ebbs and tides, lives on. Rose survives and so does Titanic

I mean, we still remember, and even make fun of the movie, after a solid twenty years.

“It’s been 84 years, and I can still smell the fresh paint.”

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Stephanie is nowhere near an expert in anything she has an interest in, except daydreaming, which is not an interest so much as an unchangeable habit. Three main things that comprise her leisure time are photographing with friends, writing alone, and contemplating the meaning of life - something that she has so far realised will take her a lifetime to figure out.

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