Revisiting James Cameron’s “Titanic”

Revisiting James Cameron’s “Titanic”
For all the critical and technical acclaim that was heaped on director James Cameron’s Titanic upon its release in 1997, there were still quite a few people that really weren’t all that impressed. Still, it went on to become the highest grossing film of the year and one of the most popular films of all time. Now, twenty-five years later, the film still rests in third place on the list of worldwide lifetime grosses – just ahead of the director’s recent Avatar: The Way of Water (2022) and behind 2009’s Avatar at number one. It remains remarkable how captivated audiences still are by this tragic tale of love told amidst the most famous shipwreck in history.

That James Cameron would make Titanic was inevitable, since the director of such blockbusters as Aliens (1986), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), and True Lies (1994) once likened filmmaking to creating “spectacles,” and what spectacle (at the
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