Okay, so as many of you know, Iím a huge Titanic fanatic. I love reading stories about the Titanic, fictional and nonfictional, and putting together the pieces of to me what is a timeless tragedy. And this year originally I was going to once again read a book related to the Titanic, and have a review written up for today but as per usual these days things got in the way. So, I got to thinking, how else could I commemorate the 102nd anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic?
And suddenly inspiration struck me. Or at actually the music I was listening on Spotify struck me. I could do a post about the 1997 movie Titanic. Because not only do I love reading stories about the Titanic, I also enjoy watching them. Especially if it has Kate Winslet and Leonardo Dicaprio in it.
Now I honestly canít tell you the number of times I have watched Titanic since it first came out in 1997. Or the number of times I have listened to the soundtrack from the movie. Do you realize how good the music from the movie is for studying? I donít know what it is about it but it totally works for me! Anyway, letís flash back a little, and I will tell you about the first time I ever saw Titanic, and what it was like for me.
In 1997, I was 10 years old, and I remember seeing the trailer for Titanic, and thinking that it looked like a good movie. I also remember really wanting to go see it in theaters but I wasnít able to for some reason. Add in the fact that my grandparents did get to see it in theaters when it came out and imagine the disappointment of a 10 year old girl. Luckily, my grandparents enjoyed the movie so much that they bought the two tape VHS of it when it came out, and let my mom borrow it so that she and I could watch it together. Flash forward to 2012 when the 3D version of Titanic came to theaters, my mom and I went and watch that together as well!
Back to 1997 and little 10 year old me was hooked albeit surprised from the beginning of the movie. I originally hadnít realized ďoldĒ Roseís role in the movie. I guess my young brain didnít capture that when I was watching the movie trailer on TV. But I didnít let that stop me from enjoying the movie, and enjoy it I did. I was captivated. I loved the characters. I loved actors. I loved the scenery. I loved the music. I loved how it felt like you were really there in the moment. And I felt for the people involved, I really did. There was something about the experience that really spoke to me and allowed me to start the journey to learn as much as I could about what occurred with the Titanic. I even wound up with a Titanic t-shirt that I wore until I could no longer wear it anymore.
Of course, I have watched Titanic several times since that initial viewing at 10 years old, and every time I watch it, I still enjoy it just as much. Yes, there may be historical inaccuracies. Yes, there focus is about Rose and Jack, and not always the tragedy itself. Yes, Leonardo Dicaprio is still gorgeous. Yes, some people hate this movie but as you can tell I am not one of them. There really was something about this movie that spoke to a young version of myself, and made me want to learn more about what really happened. This movie made me fall in love with the story of Titanic, and for that I will forever be grateful.