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Titanic Movie Review
Transcript of Titanic Movie Review
Written and Directed by James Cameron
Type of Movie:
Melodrama (a dramatic piece with exaggerated characters & exciting events intended to appeal to the emotions.)
Tragedy (dealing with tragic events and having an unhappy ending, esp. one concerning the downfall of the main character.)
Romance, history, action.
Leonardo DiCaprio (Jack Dawson)
Kate Winslet (Rose DeWitt Bukater)
Billy Zane (Caledon 'Cal' Hockley)
Kathy Bates (Molly Brown)
Frances Fisher (Ruth DeWitt Bukater)
Gloria Stuart (Old Rose)
Bill Paxton (Brock Lovett)
Premise of Movie (Plot)
Rose, a rich English woman, & Jack, a poor American, meet on the Titanic & fall in love while Rose is still engaged with another man named Cal. Despite what society allows, they are so attached that nothing can break them apart. Finally the Titanic sinks and tears them apart by death but their love still remains.
Literary Elements and/or Technology
Low lighting glorifies Rose's complexion even more.
Lights flicker as the boat fills with water, this impacts the effect of the water and also creates fear.
Red in the engine room represents the heat and the hard work being involved.
Darker colors, in particular, the color blue is used a lot in the movie to show sadness throughout the story for a specific mood.
Flashbacks of the Titanic represent the development of the theme of love and romance, also shows how true love can't die.
Older Rose telling the story (point of view) develops characterization of love and her unforgotten past. Conflict of her and her emotions.
Irony - "unsinkable ship"
Foreshadowing - camera showing the crew in the nest & absence of bell tolls.
Symbols - beautiful blue diamond necklace "the heart of the ocean" symbolizes Cal's ownership of her. Also may symbolize Jack & Rose's love, loses Jack at "heart of the sea" (more literal interpretation). Always in her heart. The Titanic itself symbolizes society and class and how those who are richer are more privileged.
Close up camera angle of Rose & Jack spinning around at a party shows the mood of happiness and how Rose's love for Jack is developing.
Camera view of Jack holding Rose on the ledge while the ocean is in the back sets the mood of romance.
Slow motion of Jack and Rose running away.
"My Heart Will Go On" by Céline Dion, (non-diagetic sound) plays when Rose meets Jack at the tip of the boat with a sunset creates a dreamy romantic mood/feeling.
Song plays again while Jack is drawing Rose.
Irish dancing music plays when Jack and Rose are at a lower class party. Also when they run away from the cop around the ship; this music creates excitement. Signifies Rose's feelings of falling in love.
Violin music (diagetic sound) to calm the passengers as the boat sinks.
String quartet plays sad song; signifies the realization of inevitable death.
Finally the theme song ("MHWGO") at the end sets a sad mood and pulls at the heartstrings.
By: Ali Hammer and Sarah Couch
5th Hour College Prep Class.
Sarah Couch & Ali Hammer