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There's nothing I can say about this movie...
February 17, 2019
... that will change anyone's minds. It's a part of the fabric of our culture.
Having established that, I will only add this: I find both Jack and Rose to both be immensely unlikable characters. Jack is a thief, a liar, and doesn't care a whit about Rose's future in America, or - for that matter - her past. He is an opportunist. And, as such, he lacks any and all scruples. His only desire is to subvert, upend, and cause a stir. He lives for the moment, and that moment must revolve around him. Nothing else beyond that matters. His death is utterly trivialized by how little his life mattered - and that is one hundred percent due to him.
Rose is, arguably, far worse. This is a woman for whom 'everything' was not enough - a member of the aristocracy at a time when the poor were little better than indentured servants. She mopes, she attempts suicide, she screws around with Jack (and then lets him freeze [because that whole door? It's damn well her's]). These massive personality flaws might be written off as the product of youth, except that Rose spends the next 80 years utterly detached from reality, pining for her Titanic fling. Her husband? Her children? Her grandchildren? They don't matter - they haven't developed a place in her cold heart that could even rival that brief, post-adolescent screw with Jack.
And then she tosses the diamond into the sea. Don't donate it to charity; don't leave it as an heirloom for your family - nope! Into the ocean! Because, you know, that's *meaningful,* or some garbage.
The rest of the movie is just fine - the acting is excellent; the special effects were (for their time) astounding. But I feel like the central story is undermined by the two remarkably hollow and, frankly, downright bad people at its core.