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Movie Review

Jerry Reynolds

The new movie "Titanic" runs 3 hours and 15 minutes but it will be time you will not regret spending if you decide to see this $200+ Million epic.

The most expensive movie ever made does glorious justice in depicting the most expensive ship ever built, the largest moving object to ever be created by the hand of man, for it's time.

You will marvel at the magnificent recreation of the Titanic. You will ask yourself over and over, "How did they make this so realistic?" A major expense to the movie makers was trying to duplicate the richness and warmth of First Class on the Titanic. It appears there was no compromise. The grandiose decor, the beautiful woods and the elegant details of the first class levels are something you will just have to see to believe.

It will also be hard for you to believe how well this movie captures what must have been the actual dress and moods on this ship as it sailed on it's maiden, and only, voyage. You are made painfully aware of the accentuation of the multiple class society that existed on ships of the time. You are made to realize the pressure put on ship builders and the ships themselves to attain loftier and loftier goals with each new launching and how this turned out to be the real downfall of the Titanic.

The attention to detail in this movie is truly amazing. You are taken into every nook and cranny of the ship. You see the engine room, the boilers, the bridge, various state rooms, the wonderful promenades, the magnificent grand stairway and on and on. You will marvel at the opulence of First Class and you will see a true depiction of Steerage.

Scenes of the sinking and break-up of the ship are like none you have ever seen in previous chronicles of the Titanic disaster. This movie is based upon the latest known facts and shows in detail how the ship sunk bow first, lifting the stern way out of the water, then the stern breaking over from the front part of the ship and settling back down toward the water before eventually being pulled under by the rest of the ship sinking.

One of the most dramatic scenes of the entire movie depicts what was happening to the passengers clinging for their lives as the stern of the ship rises high in the air and then disappears straight down into the sea.

Another subject that is touched on that I hadn't heard from any other source is that one of the major problems discovered with Titanic was that the rudder was too small for the length of the ship. Titanic was about 100 feet longer than any of it's predecessors. She was very slow to maneuver due to this design flaw and this contributed to the crew not being able to steer clear of the iceberg.

The screen writers have done a very good job of mixing fact and fiction. You are introduced to the likeness of many of the actual passengers on Titanic and these people are carefully interwoven with the story line and the actual facts so that they produce a very believable script.

Most of the reviews I heard before going to the movie made light of the fact that "Well at least we don't have to be afraid of giving away the ending to you." But in fact, the voyage of Titanic is only the backdrop for a moving and entertaining story of a 101 year old lady that was a survivor of the disaster. We see the voyage through the eyes of this lady who was 17 at the time and who was returning to the United States with her wealthy betrothed.

I encourage you to see this movie in a large theater. It would be impossible for you to appreciate the terrific cinematography of this movie on a TV screen. The sound is spectacular also, especially the breaking up of the ship.

Not everyone will enjoy this movie as much as Beth and I did. As all who read here regularly know, not one size fits all. Some will say the movie could have been shorter, some will not enjoy the plot as much as we did but those of you that visit here have a decided advantage to most of the people that will be in that theater. You carry with you a special appreciation for Cruise Liners. If for no other reason, you will leave the theater feeling richer for the experience of spending three hours on one of the most magnificent ships ever to set sail. Don't miss your chance to witness, and be a part of..... "Titanic."

Titanic gravesites, Fairview Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

There are many sources of information on the Titanic disaster on the Web. You will find dozens of sites and the detail is beyond what you would expect. There are sites with bio's of the passengers and crew as well as detailed floor plans of every part of the ship. Other sites have original pictures of almost every part of the ship.

For anyone interested I would start with a site mainly dedicated to Links to other sites. You can find it at: http://seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov/OCEAN_PLANET/HTML/titanic.html.

The best site for detailed floor plans and information on the passengers and crew is: http://www.rmplc.co.uk/eduweb/sites/phind/.

Jerry & Beth Reynolds were married aboard Carnival's Sensation in February of 1997. They can be reached for questions or comment at: 72700.2735@compuserve.com.

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