Titanic Continued

It’s not that I’m just a guy who has to have explosions and karate fights and high speed chases.  I’m not.  In the eighties I saw ET at the theater six times.  Every time ET tapped on Elliot’s chest and said “I’ll be right here’ I cried.  Every time.  (I’m crying right now.  No not really.)  Casablanca.  When Rick lets the Polish couple win at roulette I tear up.  Every time. So this problem with Titanic is not just a guy thing.

I saw an episode of Seinfeld recently where people kept raving to Elaine about The English Patient, kept dragging her to see it.   Finally she couldn’t take it anymore.  She stood up and screamed at the screen, “Just die already.”  That’s how I felt about Titanic.  Okay here’s a spoiler alert (as if you didn’t already know what happens).  When Jack’s cold lifeless body slipped below the waves…  Well maybe I did tear up a bit.  That was a long time ago.  But I like to think that instead of crying I just rolled my eyes as if to say ‘Oh please.’

Because here’s the thing.  James Cameron movies are more about spectacle than narrative.  They’re more about technology than character, more grand epic than storytelling.  When it comes down to it I think they are supposed to be about James Cameron.  You find yourself more marveling at the effects than following the story.  And you never connect with the characters.

And that’s what has to happen if the movie is going to get you.  You have to connect.  It has to be personal.

Now I’m willing to admit that Titanic is a pretty good movie.  It’s just not THAT good.

More tomorrow.


About Angus Lewis

My wife and I lived our whole lives in Arkansas until ten years ago. We moved to the Kansas City area in 2011 (a job change). That was the reason for the 'From a Far Country' title. Our children and grandchildren were in Arkansas. Six months ago we sold our house and bought one in Sherwood, Arkansas and my wife moved back down here. Two weeks ago I retired and moved back too. (I'm probably going to try to find something part time to keep me out of trouble.) So maybe the 'From a Far Country' title is not so much of a fit anymore. But I think I'll stick with it. I'm still not home. Not yet. The Bible says we are all strangers and pilgrims here. Our real home is with God and some day we'll be there. We'll be home.
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2 Responses to Titanic Continued

  1. (Titanic viewers: swim away – swim away now!) I think you’ve hit why some movies – while amaze and are the subject of conversations – don’t just quite “feel” as great as others with less techno magic. Nice post

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