10 Responses to “Why Do People Hate Titanic?”

  1. Chris 13 August 2008 at 9:32 am #

    Titanic: Stupid ending, trying to make you like it by cheaply evoking an emotional reaction (I cried, so I must like it, right?), Unnecessary gratuitous nudity, no real story if you take out the ship wrecking and the guy dieing… What did the film teach us? What moral could we take away? 3/5

    POTC: Are we talking the first one? Or the second and third ones? The movie was highly entertaining, somewhat re-watchable, witty, nostalgic (instantly, because of the ride), funny, and absolutely stupid. 3/5

    It all depends on what you expect from a movie. If you expect it to entertain you, or if you expect it to be artsy, or if you expect it to educate/make you think, you are going to get completely different things out of it.

    Proper expectations are crucial to enjoying a movie. I thought the Matrix was a vampire film going into it, and because of that, was extremely pleasantly surprised/shocked by what it turned out to be, which actually made it better (it exceeded my expectations). Had I thought it was going to be about math proofs, I would have been very disappointed and not liked it as much…

  2. The Gimcracker 13 August 2008 at 9:52 am #

    What did you expect Titanic to be about?

    “Unnecessary gratuitous nudity” – Where was this? Did I get the made-for-TV version or something?

    So you thought Braveheart had a stupid ending too, I take it.

    And to address your question of what makes a good movie, I would direct you to this article and this article which I highly agree with. Also, take a look at AFI’s top 100 films of all time if you still aren’t clear.

    Yes, Austin Powers is a great movie, but I would never rate it above The Shawshank Redemption – even though I would rather watch Goldmember tonight than Shawshank if given a choice. It’s highly entertaining, as is Pirates, but not a better film than Shawshank or Titanic.

  3. Luke 13 August 2008 at 11:26 am #

    Ok – I’m gonna have to agree completely with the Gimcracker here. I loved Titanic. I saw it 3 times in the theater. Perhaps that makes me “one of those guys” but I don’t really care. It was a great film. I understand PAT for sure, and have probably given into it at different times (times of weakness) – but usually, as with everything else in life, you just have to fight it and decide that you’re going to like or dislike something based upon the actual merit of the thing itself, not what others think about it. It is because the Gimcracker is usually looking at the overall picture that I have a great amount of respect for him and his reviews. Titanic was an incredible film. Pirates was very entertaining but not nearly on the level of Titanic.

    Now – here’s the kicker – the PAT and the examples listed by the Cracker only prove the quote,

    Great people talk about ideas.
    Average people talk about things.
    Small people talk about other people.

    In the examples listed above for why folks either liked or did not like the movies, the PEOPLE in the film accounted for half of them. Modern men and women rarely care anymore about the essence of the film and even less about the message and ideas conveyed. The same goes with music and fashion. Modern idiocy dictates that we simply care about the entertainment value and the people in the film, the beat and grind of the music and the artist that sings/raps it rather than the lyrics, and the models and celebrities that wear the clothes, rather than the quality and beauty of them.

    Perfect example…Pirates vs. Titanic. Pirates – lots of swashbuckling and sexy stars, but thin story and no real ideals/ideas conveyed. It’s for entertainment.

    Titanic – sexy stars and some action, but a great story based on factual events, and the idea that there is real good and real evil in this world and ultimately we must choose one or the other, and finally, that in the end love conquers all.

    I’m not saying I thought nothing was wrong with Titanic, as I could definitely list some “Hollywood-izing” that I didn’t care for. (Although I don’t recall any gratuitous nudity…) But overall, the film itself, as well as films like the Matrix, LOTR, etc. and the ideas and ideals they convey touch on the truth inherent in all of us – that there is more to this life than just possessions and popularity, a higher calling than reveling in the basest of human desires, love and good worth fighting for, true justice for the oppressed, and that ideas and actions can change the world.

    My two cents worth.

  4. Chris 13 August 2008 at 12:55 pm #

    lol, there wasn’t “gratuitous” nudity in Titanic. I was kind of exaggerating/joking. There was just that one scene where he draws her nude (which was completely stupid/random).

    “and the idea that there is real good and real evil in this world and ultimately we must choose one or the other, and finally, that in the end love conquers all.”

    Wait, you’re talking about Star Wars right? Because I didn’t see any of that in Titanic…

    I didn’t read any of those articles on what makes a good movie. I don’t really have time right now, but I do want to comment that I don’t really care what someone else tries to tell me makes a great movie. A movie is art, and as with all art, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In my opinion, the Batman comic I read last week is better than the Mona Lisa. Why? Because I get absolutely nothing out of the Mona Lisa. Not even entertainment. Batman? Well, I get not only entertainment, but existential/theological/intellectual ideas/discussions. Good vs. Evil. Christ-like self sacrifice. Etc. So, is the art in Batman better semantically than the Mona Lisa? uh… I don’t know or care. I’m not even “qualified” to decide that, but I’m betting “no” is what some pointy headed elitist art-freak (expert) would say. Bah hum-bug.

    Titanic was a meaningless chick-flick out of which I got no lasting ideas or moralistic debates/values. Pirates was pure entertainment. They are both on equal footing in my opinion since neither of them really “meant” anything. Now, a film like Batman on the other hand, that’s different entirely…

    • Jessica 13 September 2010 at 8:49 pm #

      The moral I got out of Titanic was that love and humanity are more important than status and money. This is shown obviously in Rose’s relationship with Jack, but also in the fact that many lives were lost merely as a result of making the ship’s deck less cluttered with lifeboats, and going faster to show off its speed.

      And I’m a bit confused at how you give “it’s pure entertainment” as your reason for liking Pirates, and yet with Titanic you criticize it for being “meaningless”. Why is it that you can you enjoy Pirates purely on entertainment grounds, but not Titanic?

  5. The Gimcracker 13 August 2008 at 12:59 pm #

    Good comments, I see where you’re coming from.

    I do want to say, for the record, that I do not buy into the “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” when it comes to movies. I actually think there are good movies and bad movies, even though a handful of people will think bad movies are good and good movies are bad. That is the only way to explain the movie review industry. It wouldn’t exist if the beauty was purely in the eye of the beholder.

  6. Chris 13 August 2008 at 3:18 pm #

    I never said the eye of the beholder couldn’t be changed or refined…

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  8. Jessica 13 September 2010 at 8:46 pm #

    Excellent article. I totally agree with everything you’ve said. Though I’m not sure I follow your idea that film criticism wouldn’t exist if beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Aren’t critics beholders as well? Their opinions carry weight because they come from experienced people, but they aren’t the end-all-be-all. I’ve disagreed with plenty of reviews, as I'm sure many others have too.

  9. Ellie 30 September 2010 at 8:44 pm #

    I am one of those few people who loved Titanic. The acting was amazing and they portrayed everything really well. I actually sobbed like a baby at the ending.

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