First Time Watching: Titanic

At some point in my life, I convinced myself that I can’t sit through movies that are three hours long. Maybe it was ten years ago when there was a Lord of the Rings marathon going on in the residence lounge on my floor at school. Only three of us showed up because everyone else had finished exams and gone home, or were studying.

Don’t ask me what the movie was about, I sat at the back and didn’t have my glasses with me. Nor did I even try to pay attention. Looking back, I think the three of us just wanted to hang out. I remember we were all sick, too.

Anyway, Titanic falls in the category of “Movie longer than 3 hours” so I’ve always put it on the back burner. But since I started this, “First Time Watching” series, I knew I’d have to watch it eventually.

This past Saturday night, around midnight, I decided to watch Titanic.

It was totally a spur of the moment thing. I hadn’t thought about it all day.

I think, subconsciously, I knew that if I started a three-hour movie around midnight, I’d give myself an excuse to stop watching after an hour and continue another day.

Nope! I watched the whole thing in one sitting. And you know what?

I loved it!

Now, I feel a bit uncomfortable saying that, just because it’s about an event where around 1,500 people died in real life. So, when I say I loved Titanic, just know I’m talking about the movie and the story it told.

I was worried the movie would be really slow. That wasn’t the case, at all. The first half hour flew by and no one had even boarded the ship, yet.

As you probably know, it’s a story about a first-class woman named, Rose, and a third-class man named, Jack, who fell in love faster than Clare and Dale on The Bachelor.

Rose was on the ship with her fiancé, Cal, who was a real Hickory Dickory the entire movie. I don’t know what that means, exactly, but it sounds right. Doesn’t it?

Rose never liked Cal, but was going along with the marriage because her mom was persistent. Rose’s father had left them with nothing and marrying Cal ensured they’re future wealth.

Clearly, Rose’s mom wasn’t there for the right reasons.

Rose snuck away one night with the intention of jumping off the boat. Jack saw her and said, “If you jump, I jump”. This talked her out of it. Hey, sometimes all you need is one person to care about you, or believe in you.

From then on, Cal always looked like he had sand in his socks, and a fly up his nose, whenever he saw Rose interacting with Jack. How dare she speak to a mere muggle? What did Jack have to offer her? Two for one coupons? Cal had the big bucks! Not to mention a rich-person haircut!

What Cal failed to realize was that love is not about money, but I guess the show, For Love or Money was still decades away from making its television debut.

The “I’m Flying, Jack” Scene

Let’s talk about it. Can we talk about it? Let’s talk about it.

This is the only scene in the movie that I knew about ahead of time. Before I started the movie, I had no idea what would fill the entire three hours. Tea at high noon? Or is it high tea at noon? Maybe it’s just high tea?

Regardless, that only takes up so much time.

This scene where Rose is on the edge of the boat and lifts her arms up like a bird, and Jack is behind her for balance – and to display physical affection – came out of nowhere for me.

For some reason, I thought it would be much later in the movie? Maybe as the Titanic is starting to flood and they sneak off to have a moment?

To be honest, the whole scene was overrated. I was expecting to hear the voice of Celine Dion come in and accentuate the moment, but she never did. The song was purely instrumental! I was let down.

I’ve seen so many recreations of it, and so many sporting moments set to “the Titanic song”, that I expected to be blown away as a viewer. I wasn’t.

No joke, when the scene ended, I went right to Google to find out if this scene appears twice in the movie because, surely, this one was just to whet our appetite, and the one later would be more emotional and have CELINE DION belting out, “My heart will go on.”

Nope! This was it. I felt ripped off just because I was expecting so much more.

It was cool that the song played in the background of many scenes later in the movie, though it did get to be a bit much.

Like when a hockey team scores ten goals in a game and the goal song goes off every time. By goal number eight, we get the point.

Also, was Rose really flying? It felt very, “It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Rose and Jack again” to me.

Without a doubt, the internet – and its memes – overhyped the scene. I mean, it was fine, but as I said earlier, I came away from it thinking they’d do the same thing later on, but more…what’s the word…magically.

Magically? Magically.

The “Draw me like one of your French girls” Scene

Are you kidding me?

I can’t tell you how flabbergasted I was to hear that line in this movie. I was beside myself and there wasn’t even a mirror next to me!

I don’t know how long this line, and accompanying photo, have been an internet trend, but it’s been a long time.

Until now, I just thought it was a line that someone on the internet made up. I had no idea it was from a movie, let alone this one.

I am still shocked. How do I go on? How does my heart go on? Someone get C. Dion on line one and ask. Thanks.

Was I the last person to know this? It feels like I was.

My innocence – gone! Just like that.

We now return to my general thoughts on the movie.

When trouble struck and the ship hit the iceberg, most of the men in charge of the operation showed they were completely unfit to lead. You had some men ensuring they got a spot on a lifeboat, while ignoring the “women and children, first” mandate.

You had a crew member shoot a passenger, before shooting himself.

It was just mayhem. I don’t know how it wouldn’t be mayhem in a situation that dire, but the leaders didn’t lead. As soon as things started to go bad, they wanted to get out before it really went bad.

The parallels to our current world are shocking, yet not really.

Back to Cal. He decides that this is a great time to chase Jack around the ship with a gun and try to kill him because Rose refused to leave the boat if Jack didn’t go with her.

It was almost as if Cal knew that his terrible personality would make it hard for him to find anyone else to marry.

If they remake the movie, they can have Adele sing, “Never mind, he won’t find someone like you.” I want royalties.

Because Cal has to get off the ship, he grabs a little girl, who is crying, and hops on the boat with her as if he’s the father. You’re expecting me to make a Maury reference right now, aren’t you? Well, I am!

Cal is NOT the father! Nor should he ever be a father. He’s as useful as the paper towels at every elementary school. What exactly were they supposed to soak up? The sun?

Cal doesn’t care about anyone, except himself and his money.

Classic villain, though. I respect the performance.

When the Titanic went under and over 1000 people were left to freeze in the water, I’m sitting here like, “Those others boats will turn back! They must turn back! Wait, why aren’t they turning back?”

Only one boat went back. I’m fairly certain that one boat went back in real life, too.

Look, I’m not going to sit here and Monday morning quarterback the sinking of the Titanic. If I were in the water, I would’ve wanted the boats to come back. Obviously.

If I were in one of the boats that escaped, I can see why going back and taking on more passengers would’ve been dangerous.

The whole thing is just devastating.

When Jack and Rose finally entered the water and Rose was able to sit on a piece of debris, while Jack had to remain in the water, I knew what was coming. I don’t think Rose did.

By the way, I don’t think they made enough of an effort to get both of them to balance on the same makeshift raft.

Not to get too sappy, but I really enjoyed their love story.

I was shocked to find out at the end of the movie that Rose never mentioned Jack to anyone, even her husband. How is that possible? You survive one of the most devastating ship wrecks in history, thanks in large part to a guy named Jack, and you don’t tell anyone about him?

I guess, in a lovey-dovey sort of way, her not telling anyone meant that she was still holding on to him. As soon as she told someone, it would be like she let go.

This would match up with when Rose said, “I’ll never let go, Jack. I’ll never let go.”

I impressed myself with that analysis.

Other Things

Jack’s friend, Fabrizio, had one of the worst Italian accents I’ve ever heard. Yet, as an Italian, I loved every syllable of it. It warmed the cannoli of my heart, or however that phrase goes.

When everyone was boarding the Titanic, it had very strong “last day at Hogwarts” vibes. For a moment, I found it strange that everyone on the ship was vigorously waving goodbye to everyone on land.

Even people they didn’t know.

Just “BYE!!! BYE!!!” at the top of their lungs.

And then I realized that this was an era when human interaction was everything. It’s not like the Titanic would end up at its destination and everyone could just call home, or send a text saying, “We arrived”. There’s no video call to make, there’s no email to send.

The screams of “Goodbye” as the ship pulls away is the last time those people would hear a voice, and see a face, for a while. They made the moment count.

We don’t do that in 2021.

When Jack and Fabrizio were trying to board, the officer asked if they had gone through the inspection queue. They lied and said they had, but assured the man they didn’t have lice.

Well, knock me down and roll me up like a carpet! That was too real.

I think I read on Wikipedia that this is a movie known for making men cry.

I didn’t cry at all. I never even had the urge. This isn’t me boasting; I’m just being honest. Yes, there were many sad moments. Even the ones that didn’t have dialogue. And yes, I felt bad that Jack and Rose would never get the chance to have a life together.

But tears never came.

At one point in the movie, it dawned on me just how big the catering budget must’ve been for the film. Never mind, the overall budget which was over $200 million. Just the catering budget.

When the band continued to play while the ship was sinking, I could’ve sworn they were playing the Christmas song, “Mary’s Boy Child”. It turns out, they weren’t.


I’m not someone who goes out of my way to rewatch movies, but I would definitely rewatch Titanic.

I am not the same Paul I was last Friday, that’s for sure.

It was just really well done. I went into it think I’d have to watch an hour at a time, just to get through it, and that wasn’t the case. It kept my interest the entire time.

There were so many layers to this movie and although the love connection between Jack and Rose was concocted for the purpose of the big screen, it does make you realize that there were real people on the Titanic and probably many new friendships and bonds being made.

It’s heartbreaking to know that the voyage ended tragically and everything just…ended.

I’ll definitely be looking up more about the Titanic and watching YouTube videos about it because I love learning about historical things like this.

If you made it this far, thank you!

And if, for some reason, you haven’t seen Titanic. Go watch it.

What are your thoughts on Titanic?

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33 Responses to First Time Watching: Titanic

  1. I first saw Titanic when I was maybe 7 and the dead people frozen in the water gave me nightmares ha!

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  2. Sabrina B says:

    First of all: THIS WAS A PERIOD PIECE AND YOU LOVED IT! There’s one for everyone I have been saying.

    Second: No tears even when the violinists kept playing? or the old people in the bed?? I know I cry at many movies but I’m amazed. It is very well done regardless though.

    The casting is just perfect for this movie, I think that’s part of what makes it. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are both fabulous actors and have such good chemistry, and that’s what the story hinges on! you believe their love story. It makes sense that this is one of the top grossing movies of all time (and funny that one of the other top, also by the same director, is such a different love story)

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    • Paul says:

      I DID IT! Honestly didn’t even make the mental note that it was a period piece lol

      Yeah, no tears. I’m not above crying during movies or shows, it just didn’t happen this time. The violinists was probably the saddest part for me. I created a whole backstory in my head for them and all the performances they’ve been apart of in their lives.

      I was reading the wikipedia page and found out that Kate Winslet basically had to beg her way into the role because they weren’t sure she was right for the part. As for Leonardo, apparently he wanted nothing to do with it because it was an emotional film, and then he auditioned.

      The one film is Avatar right? Another one I haven’t seen…

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      • Sabrina B says:

        I wouldn’t be surprised about Leonardo. He just starred in Romeo and Juliet the year before and had done a lot of emotional films and dramas in general in his career so far, so he may have worried about being typecast. Especially since he was already like handsome young heartthrob and it’s so easy to get typecast at that point. luckily worked out for him!

        Yeppp it’s Avatar! I saw it in theatres when it came out and I think we have it on DVD actually? My dad loves it. It’s worth a watch even if just for the curiosity and the universe of it. Plus there’s an Avatar themed section at Disney now if you ever plan on going. It’s a bit like if Pocahontas or Ferngully were adult and also significantly more blue.

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      • Paul says:

        That tidbit about not wanting to be typecast is exactly why you are the movie expert.

        I’ll admit, my curiosity for Avatar has been slowly growing lately. A few months ago I don’t think I would’ve ever uttered that sentence.

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    • She gets it.. old people spooning and violinists

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  3. peckapalooza says:

    I’m really glad you mentioned that Jack and Rose didn’t try hard enough to balance them both on the debris. I feel like that’s a decades-long argument about whether both could fit or not. I fall in the camp that they could have gotten up there.

    If you’re interested my full thoughts on Titanic, I actually did a recent podcast with a friend of mine since it’s part of the AFI Top 100. I won’t push it on you, but if you want to hear it, let me know and I’ll send you the link.

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  4. I’m so glad you liked this film Paul, it’s a classic. I’m with you, I think (still to this day) that Rose was selfish not to let Jack into the big door. It’s was a BIG DOOR! Five people could have fit on it, ugh so aggravating. But other than that, I loved the movie. Okay Rose’s mom got on my nerves, as did Cal and Bruce Imsay’ character. But all those characters made the film what it is.

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    • Paul says:

      It was a door?? I couldn’t tell what it was, but it did look big enough for two people to cram themselves on. She was just resting on it like a mattress. Yup those unlikable characters only made as root for Jack and Rose more. Very well written script.

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  5. I’m glad you liked this! I know so many people that liked it but I watched it when I was really young and had reoccurring nightmares for years about having to leave my dad behind because he wasn’t allowed in a lifeboat. I’ve watched it as an adult and was fine though.

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  6. Yyyyyyyaaaaaayyyyy I’m so glad you watched it!

    But seriously who are you that you start movies at midnight?! Let alone a three hour movie?! Its like 8:30 and I’m all “ooooo I can’t start this movie cos it’ll end after 10” person. I don’t understand this type of person….I DON’T UNDERSTAND YOU PAUL!

    I’m glad you finished it all at once and that you loved it! Yay!

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  7. Rebecca says:

    I have never watched Titanic, but I’ve seen enough of the memes to have practically watched the film! I also have a tough time staying entertained for a 3+ hour film (I can only remember one that has succeeded before), but considering you enjoyed Titanic, it looks like I’ll have to give it a try someday! Thanks for your review, and I can’t wait to read more of your films reviews!

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  8. Loved your review of one of my all time favourite films. It has a special place in my heart because it was the first film I watched at the cinema following the birth of my daughter. She was three weeks old and Grandma offered to babysit for a few hours. A mixture of new mum hormones and tiredness saw me crying from the beginning of the film. I remember sitting next to my husband and sobbing. The thought of children perishing in the sea was too much for me. I’ve watched it several times since and cry every time. Definitely on my list of favourites.

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    • Paul says:

      Thank you for sharing this. That’s a special memory to have.

      It’s an emotionally draining film. You now have me thinking about what it would’ve been like watching it in a theatre with a large group of people.


  9. Sarah Warsi says:

    So glad you loved the movie, Paul! As you said, better late than never! 😉 So for me, when Titanic first came out back in 1997, I actually had no interest in seeing it myself. It wasn’t until months later, in March of 1998, that I finally went to see it (yes, it was theatres for that long!) and I was like okay, what is all the hype about!? And lo and behold I was hooked! I remember coming out of the theatre bawling! haha and from that point on, I was totally smitten.

    Back in those days, video stores of course were still around so I legit secured a deposit on the VHS tape at the time because they were doing an early release on home video. I still have the VHS tape lying around somewhere! lol But of course, now that we have so many other means of watching it, I’ll probably seen it literally 20 times. One of my favourite movies of all time and one of the only movies whose 3-hour length I don’t feel at all because it’s that engaging throughout.

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    • Paul says:

      What a cool story of your first time seeing it in theatres. I imagine most people left the theatre without a dry eye. Do you remember what the overall mood was like in the theatre as it was playing?

      I completely agree with you – the 3-hour length wasn’t even noticeable. I almost didn’t want the movie to end. I’m disappointed it took this long for me to see it because it was so good. Keep those VHS tapes! The memories are worth it even if you don’t have a VCR lol

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  10. Yes yes yes and yessss!!! I’m so glad you love this movie.. Fabrizio though and his accent is for sure the worst… but oddly the best at the same time! I bawl my eyes out to this movie every time.. especially when the ship is going down, band is playing… and that old couple spooning on the bed.. I die a little inside. Welcome aboard Paul. Welcome aboard.

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    • Paul says:

      Loved Fabrizio! The accent was great unintentional comic relief. Hated the way he died though. I’ll have to watch it again and see if any tears come the second time around. I feel bad it took me this long to watch it. I was missing out!

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  12. Becky says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever watched the entire movie in one sitting; I’ve seen like the first half one time and the second half another time. One of my favorite hobbies is singing “My Heart Will Go On” very loudly.

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