Head to Head – Titanic

Welcome to the latest installment of Head to Head, in which our Quickflix critics enter into a relentlessly bloody battle to the death based on the merits of a particular film. This week, our critics fight over the floating door with James Cameron’s Titanic.

Simon Miraudo will argue FOR the film and DVDman will argue AGAINST it. Let us know in the comments who you agree with. Let the bloodshed begin!

James Cameron doesn’t do things in half-measures, and his Titanic is no exception. The film is an electrifying account of one of history’s greatest tragedies – and somehow manages to be a kick-a** action film at the same time. In fact, the entire final hour of the flick is one of the most heart-pounding and thrilling sequences ever put to film. Sure, it gets a bit sappy in parts, and don’t even talk to me about “My Heart Will…” (insert retching sound). Sorry, I couldn’t even finish that sentence. But an achievement of this magnitude surely overcomes any minor flaws. Come on Billy Zane fans! Make your voice heard!

DVDman – 2/5

I couldn’t agree more with Simon; James Cameron really doesn’t do things by half measures. So when he makes a stinking pile of crap, he makes a gigantic stinking pile of crap. Titanic is one of those especially long movies that you sit through solely to appease your other half, trying to pretend you don’t want to punch Leo’s face in and just let Kate drown (hopefully before the ship even sinks). It has numerous moments that leave you yelling “Don’t go there…” or “Why would you do that…?” at the screen; not out of suspense, but pure frustration. Leo’s hapless Jack is a sappy wimp who succumbs to a freezing death (uh-oh spoiler alert) without putting up even the meekest of fights, while surrounded by a multitude of potentially helpful lifejackets, instead choosing to cling on to a lump of wood until the cold takes hold and he slips peacefully to his long overdue watery grave. And Simon, don’t try and suggest “My Heart Will Go On” isn’t part and parcel of the grotesque marketing monster that was this Oscar gobbling beast, you’re either in or out. And you my friend, are sadly in too deep.

Now it’s over to you! Who do you agree with? Do you think like Simon, and believe that Titanic is an epic classic? Or do you side with DVDman, and think Leo needs a good slap in the face. Let us know! Choose your side! There can only be one winner!

Previous Head to Head’s

Seven Pounds – Tie
The Village – Winner: Simon
Alien 3 – Winner: Simon
Natural Born Killers – Tie
Signs – Winner: DVDman
Family Guy – Winner: DVDman
Shakespeare in Love – Winner: Simon
American Gangster – Winner: Simon
Crash – Winner: Simon
No Country for Old Men – Winner: DVDman

2 Responses to “Head to Head – Titanic”

  1. It's been a while since I have seen Titanic and you have promted me to go and dig it out again. Bottom line is that this movie deeply moved me like very few do.Seeing the Titanic recreated in it's glory was quite awe inspiring, which made it even more tragic when it met it's inevitible icy fate.But more imprtantly, I quite literally fell in LOVE with Kate Winslet's Rose during the course of the movie (and that was before the nude scene). So consequently I emphasised with Leo's Jack, the smug faced yankee expectorant. I would have done the same for Kate, er Rose, and saved her at the cost of my own life.Needless to say I was a blubbering mess at the end, much to my embarrasment. I can count the number of times that I have been moved to tears in the cinema on one hand (not including the thumb, either).Titanic – one of the all time classics, up there with Gone With the Wind IMHO.

  2. I wouldn't compare this movie with "Gone with the Wind", I'd rather compare it to a gross steaming pile of doggy doo doo. In fact, the dog did something more meaningful for us to look at if you ask me.The fact that it did so well at the box office is a sad tribute to the lack of brain matter in the audiences heads. In fact, I felt slightly ashamed to be a member of the movie going human race when it became so popular.One for the brainless masses.DVDman, you have my vote.

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