At this point, I don't suppose there's anything I could possibly say that would
sway your decision whether to rent or buy the highly anticipated video release of
Titanic, but because I'm a glutton for punishment and possibly an egomaniac
as well, I'll offer up my opinion anyway. Personally, I can't think of many better
ways to spend 31/2 hours than watching some of Titanic's best scenes.
To wit: 1,500 ice-covered dead bodies bobbing up and down in Cameron's faux-Atlantic.
Those little rats scurrying to get off the ship before it goes down. The impressive
bit where the sinking ship splits in half (hope I didn't spoil the plot for you).
Kate Winslet naked. Billy Zane's acting. And of course, Leonardo DiCaprio's now-famous
line, shouted from the bow of the ship in defiance, "I'm the king of the world!
Woo hoo!" This remark became a bit of a mantra for everyone involved with the
movie, a right-place-at-the-right-time affair that will hold most of cinema's records
for the next 20 years. Is Titanic any good? It doesn't really matter any more,
and I'm not sure that anyone even knows. Like it or not, Titanic is a piece
of Americana now, and if you didn't see it on the big screen, you need to see it
on video (but be warned that the visual effects are essentially worthless on TV).
Titanic is simply going to cause waves in the American cinema and the American psyche for decades, so it's a must-see. Hey, maybe I'm the king of the world.
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