No doubt you have already heard that today marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, and I commemorated the event by watching A Night To Remember, the very stiff upper lip, historically accurate (except when it's not) 1958 film, and last week took in a 3-D screening of James Cameron's blockbuster, Titanic.
I know, I know, it isn't fashionable to love Cameron's Titanic. It obviously made much too much money to be actually good. The dialog is bad, it plays fast and loose with the facts, it dares to focus on (gasp!) fictional characters, it's too long, there is that awful framing device, and of course... the song. I know. I get it. I'm not going to argue with you.
It isn't cool to say this, but when have I ever suggested that I am cool? I unapologetically love Titanic. I think it is a pop masterpiece. Over-ripe, over-long, silly, manipulative as hell, but tell you what, if you want to see your Auntie Vera cry like a baby, sit down and watch Titanic with her. The waterworks will start at about the 15 minute mark. Every time I watch this movie I immediately want to watch it again. And I'll tell you something else. Leonardo DiCaprio's face circa 1997 is a true miracle. I could gaze upon it forever.
|King of the world!|
More of young Leo after the jump.