How do I write about Titanic? Very few movies and books have a significant impact on my life (I’m looking at you, Ender’s Game, and LOTR).
Remember when Avatar came out the other year? I was reading an article in Entertainment Weekly, an interview with James Cameron, and he was asked, what if Avatar passed Titanic to become the highest grossing film of all time? He said, well, I’ll just rerelease Titanic. My heart stopped briefly.
And then last year. I was driving, and I heard on the radio that it was happening. They were rereleasing Titanic. In 3D. Which, honestly, I didn’t care about at all. Up until the other day, I hadn’t seen a 3D movie, nor did I have a real desire to see one.
And if you are a follower of mine on twitter you’ll know that I rarely tweet in all caps. Rarely.
Let me back up. Titanic came out in 1997, in December. This would have been my junior year in college. I lived in a lovely apartment with 4 other people near my school. I didn’t see Titanic until after Christmas break. And then over a period of several months, I saw it 11 times. I don’t remember specific details, for instance, did I ever see it twice in one day? More than once in a weekend? I remember I went with my friend Scott most of the times, but not every time. Not only did we see Titanic, we became experts at the history of the Titanic disaster. We even went to the library and looked at microfilm of the newspapers around the time of the disaster. We read books. I listened to the soundtrack at night to fall asleep to. I lived, breathed, and slept Titanic. I don’t know how I managed to do anything else! That movie is LONG. And then I got a bootleg copy on video, so then it was game over. I basically have the entire movie memorized (please don’t judge me.)
11 times in the theater, and then who knows how many on video, DVD, and on Television? Dozens more? Hundreds?
And how am I no longer in touch with some of my friends from this time? It’s a real shame facebook didn’t exist back in my college days. Can you believe people used to lose touch, before email, cell phones, facebook, and twitter?
My sister Leslie has seen Titanic a couple or three times as well. In fact, we quote Titanic more often than one might even realize—many of the words and phrases in our vernacular are indeed, from Titanic. Either actual quotes, or quotes we made up. (many Airplane quotes fit into Titanic.)
So. Last week as you know I was visiting my family and playing a concert in South Carolina. And I stayed a day longer just to hang out. A day, that just happened to be the day that Titanic came out in theaters.
I hate crowds. I was worried there’d be crowds. So we went to the 11:30 am show. My father pointed out that some people do actually work during the day (no one in our house at that time) so it shouldn’t be busy. We bought tickets in advance, just in case (it was an hour drive to the movie theater, and I figured I’d be too stressed out otherwise)…and that’s when I started getting, shall we say…
Like, I don’t get excited about stuff that often. I am a bitter, cynical, jaded, optimist. How does that work? Well, basically it means I expect that stuff will work out and be fine in the end, but that getting there will be kind of a pain and not really go the way I want it to and nothing will be quite as fun or exciting as I thought it might be. You know, I’m a typical adult.
But I was ready to go back to Titanic.
And it did not disappoint. Oh, Kate and Leo. You are both so beautiful. And young. When did we stop being young?
From the moment the movie actually started (after those awful awful previews)…I was completely engrossed. I’ve seen the movie dozens (hundreds?) on times on my television since 1998…but really, nothing compares to the big screen. What a wonderful movie.
Who wants to go see it again?
And yes, you’re welcome James Cameron. I have helped you become a very wealthy man.