To celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary, it’s time to face the obvious: Titanic is the most important disaster film ever made. The disaster film genre is unique, with a delightful propensity for the absurd. While many of the best disaster movies have entertained, few have thrilled, moved and inspired audiences like Titanic.
From a commercial and critical point of view, it stands out from all other films of its genre. He received fourteen Oscar nominations and won eleven. Of the big-budget Oscar winners, only The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King competed for success. It was the first film to gross $1 billion at the box office and still ranks as the 5th highest-grossing film of all time, adjusted for inflation. But beyond the perhaps more superficial success markers, Titanic endured as a watershed moment in pop culture. Highlighting the film’s impact on the music industry, Hollywood, and our culture in general, we’ll see why Titanicdespite all its shortcomings, sank all the other disaster films.
‘Titanic’ made Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet stars
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate WinsleThey’re arguably two of America’s greatest actors working today, with a slew of modern classics and fourteen Oscar nominations (and 2 wins) between them. Titanic catapulted them both to global stardom and they used their popularity to help make ambitious films, collaborating with some of the greatest living filmmakers. This defines Titanic with the exception of most other disaster films, which use big-name stars as part of their marketing appeal. james cameron instead, they cast two promising and remarkably talented actors and made them legends. It’s hard to imagine what the third act of Martin ScorseseDiCaprio’s career would look like if it weren’t for DiCaprio’s bankability and that in itself is reason enough to Titanic to be famous.
“My Heart Will Go On” is a beautiful song
Celine DionThe ballad of topped the charts and currently ranks as the 11th best-selling single of all time, with sales of over 18 million copies. Just about anyone living in the 1990s can immediately identify this song after literally a second, thanks to its iconic opening whistle. The art of a major movie soundtrack hit has been largely lost to time (like so many sunken treasures), with perhaps only Lady Gagais recent Top Gun: Maverick single “Hold My Hand” attempting to recapture such magic. Although a few other disaster films have inspired gloriously over-the-top ballads, such as Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” and Trisha Yearwood’s rendition of “How Do I Live”, none have even been close to touch Canadian icon Celine Dion’s signature song.
“Titanic” featured the “I’m flying” pose
It’s an impossible thing to verify but it’s likely that no existing cruise ship has ever had someone standing at the front of the ship with their arms outstretched in the classic Titanic laid. It’s a silly little piece of movie history that nonetheless lived on for decades. Not only is it a memorable pose, but it’s the most famous pose in movie history.
‘Titanic’ inspired eternal debate
In the history of cinema, there have been only a few debates that have been going on for years, such as the star wars Debacle “Han shot first” or if the spinning top fell at the end of Creation. Whether or not Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) could have stood on the floating door alongside Rose (Kate Winslet) and therefore not froze to death still inspires discussion to this day. MythBusters attempted to recreate the script and determined that in fact Jack might have survived, to which James Cameron replied, “The script says Jack dies, he must die.” Perhaps Cameron is suggesting here that it’s not buoyancy and hypothermia that determine whether Jack dies, it’s fate.
‘Titanic’ is populist cinema at its finest
Film snobs tend to turn their backs on commercially successful films, preferring the esoteric and the independent. There’s nothing wrong, of course, with seeking out or rewarding thought-provoking and unique films. But there’s also nothing wrong with making a film with the aim of delighting the general public. James Cameron gave the world a romantic and tragic film that inspired them to flock to theaters. The film used advanced technology to revisit and recreate a forgotten era. It touched the hearts of teenagers falling in love for the first time and reminded older audiences of what that feeling was like. He did all of this by creating a fictional narrative within the framework of a historical event that spoke of the pride and greed of mankind. TitanicThe love story of transcends socio-economic boundaries and suggests that love can overcome all obstacles. Sure, it’s all a little hokey, but so what? Cameron and company brought a bit of unforgettable joy and sentimentality to people’s lives that are still fondly (if sometimes ironically) remembered 25 years later.
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