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The tedium of "Titanic" sets in when so much elaborate work is accomplished to tell us that it is going to sink anyway. So why not enjoy the love story as such? A young steerage passenger thin Leonardo DiCaprio and a Rubenesque Kate Winslet as an upper class voyager, a zany Billy Zane as her fiancée. It would be enjoyable if it weren't for the part that this star-crossed lovers never really connect, so that we really don't care of the outcome.

Kathy Bates as the unsinkable Molly Brown is at sea in this one and Gloria Stuart much hyped as the elderly Rose (Kate Winslet) is just that , much hype. The ship itself is a wonder to behold. Yes it is awesome. Yes it is spectacular. The visual effects and computer animation are a wonder to behold. But why does it not move us? It has been sabotaged by James Cameron who really believes that he can be all things to everyone in this movie and the first thing he should have done with a 200 million dollar budget is get himself a good screenwriter. His egomaniacal control leads him in so many directions and consequently the vignettes from the man servant David Warner's snitch to Bernard Hill's captain , to Victor Garber, the ship's designer are all a bit incomplete or not well rounded.

If the picture deserves any credit for being afloat it belongs to Digital Domain, Special visual effects. And guess who owns the company? Of course Mr. Cameron. A David Lean he is not. The reason for this time going into the deep blue sea is the search for the blue diamond, named appropriately "The Heart of the Ocean" which was of course a gift to Kate Winslet from Billy Zane and which ties the whole movie together.

The whole three hours and fourteen minutes, from the briefing the audience gets of why it took so long for the ship to go down. That the Titanic sinks so flawlessly, so spectacularly, so thrillingly awesome, that you can't wonder why it wasn't more fulfilling. That it is awash in Golden Globe nominations, does a discredit to the Foreign Film Press that they were not more discerning or maybe the foreign film press doesn't see as many movies as it should. I certainly hope that the Academy Awards show more substance and are not so politically motivated. The two ships that I had such high hopes, "Amistad" and "Titanic", have left me on empty.

Lightstorm Entertainment
20th Century Fox
Produced by: James cameron, Jon Landau
Written and directed by: James Cameron
With: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Bernard Hill, Jonathan Hyde, Danny Nucci, David Warner, Bill Paxton
Executive producer: Rae Sanchini
Co-producers: Al Giddings, Grant Hill, Sharon Mann
Music by: James Horner
Costume designer: Deborah L. Scott
Music Supervisor: Randy Gerston
Film editors: Conrad Buff, James Cameron, Richard A. Harris
Production designer: Peter Lamont
Director of photography: Russell Carpenter
Special visual effects by: Digital Domain
Rated: PG-13
Wide Release 19 December 1997

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Original Date Sunday 21 December 1997
Updated Tuesday 6 January 1998