Guest Post from the Mormon Movie Guy. He writes a great blog similar to ours reviewing movies from a Latter-day Saint Perspective. The review was written by him, but the star ratings were applied based on my interpretation of his review.
Like Avatar, director James Cameron’s other box-office giant,Titanic was a pop-culture phenomenon that mixed technical precision with oversimplified characterizations, artistic grandeur with merely average storytelling. It’s a very good film towards which excessive backlash was directed because it was heralded as an exceptional one. Though the supporting characters are broadly written caricatures (with Billy Zane’s evil fiancé the worst offender) and the central rich/poor romance is derivative of Lady and the Tramp, Cinderella, and any number of Jane Austen stories, Kate Winslet (Finding Neverland, Sense and Sensibility) and Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception, Catch Me if You Can) have an undeniable chemistry. She gives a nicely conflicted performance and he is more youthful and carefree here than we’ve seen him since.
Titanic 3D is rated PG-13. It contains plenty of peril and disaster, with people drowing and freezing to death, falling off and down a ship, and being crushed (not graphic) by debris. It is unecessarily crass, with some language (including one f-word) and a raised middle finger. It also carries the implication of sex between its unmarried romantic leads as well as an extended scene of exposed female breasts during a sketching session. Parents should be warned.
MESSAGES TO DISCUSS: The love of riches can lead to arrogance and entitlement, while God would have us remember that we are all beggars before Him and should help one another (Mosiah 4:16-25). True love is cherishing someone for who they are or want to be, not trying to change them into who you’d like them to be (Gordon B. Hinckley- “The Women in Our Lives”). Death may arrive at any time; we must always be prepared to meet God (Romans 5:12; Alma 34:32). While those without the Gospel may believe sex with someone they’ve recently met can be romantic, and while Hollywood screenplays portray it as such, in real life it usually leads to disappointment and heartache (Jeffrey R. Holland, “Of Souls, Symbols, and Sacraments”).