Sunday, December 21, 2003

On the box
Titanic
(1997)
This was one instance in my life when I was glad to be wrong. I loved this movie when I first saw it six years ago but was almost sure nobody else would - thought the snide hipster critics would rubbish it and the public would follow them, laughing it out of the cinema! No, they took it even further than me and went on a six-month binge of sentiment about the film. Great story, great effects and yes, Kate Winslet is beautiful. Knew from seeing her in another historical costumer that she's English; you can barely tell in this as she does a perfect American accent. Leo DiCaprio seemed to be his likeable self - it was fun back in ’98 to call him 'Lenny' just to tease cute 20ish girls ('It's Leeeeeeo!').

The movie distorted a few facts about the Titanic; I can only think of two right now: I don't think anybody pressured the captain to go too fast in order to get good publicity and (an old myth about the disaster) the band's last song was the hymn 'Autumn', not 'Nearer My God to Thee'.