Titanic – persuasive essay
The 1997 film Titanic became the highest grossing film in history and remained so for 12 years, the film generated an international gross of $1, 843, 201, 268 worldwide. Throughout James Cameron’s film career Titanic was his best movie ever made. This is factual because James Cameron included actual history to recreate the experience of living history, his years of hard work dedicated to the film, and due to his amazing critic reviews and money made world wide.
To begin, James Cameron used actual history to create an emotional truth to the film. James Cameron already had a huge fascination with shipwrecks, specifically the RMS Titanic; Cameron insisted the crew shoot at the real wreck in the Atlantic Ocean. In 1995 they went on eleven dives; they spent more time with the ship at the bottom of the Ocean than with the passengers. Even though the dives were high risk, and through adverse conditions Cameron never gave up to get the perfect footage of the ship. Once he began writing the screenplay he spent 6 long months researching all of the Titanic’s crew and the passengers because he wanted to honour the memory of the people who died during the sinking. Cameron wanted to recreate the event as accurately as possible based on facts.
A few of the main historical characters in the remake of Titanic: Kathy Bates portrayed as Molly Brown; known as “the unsinkable Molly Brown”, and Victor Garber portrayed as Thomas Andrews; the ships builder a very kind pleasant man who is modest of his achievement. When the screenplay was finished Cameron had historical experts to analyze what he wrote, and he’d adjusted the screen play to perfection. For the reconstruction of the RMS Titanic, blue prints were provided by the original ship’s builder and Cameron tried his hardest to make the ship just as detailed and accurate as possible. The sets interior rooms were reconstructed exactly like the original along with the costumes and furniture, Cameron became known as the, “uncompromising hard-charging perfectionist”. Due to the historical accuracy, Titanic is James Cameron’s best work in his whole film career.
To continue, James Cameron’s years of hard work shows his full dedication to the film. James Cameron already had a huge fascination with shipwrecks, and for him the RMS Titanic was the “Mount Everest” of shipwrecks. Cameron spent two years organizing several dives to the Titanic wreck itself for actual footage. In 1995 alone eleven dives were shot of the wreck. The dives were extreme high risk, but he did not give up even through the adverse conditions he kept going to get the perfect picture. James Cameron even stated, “Not many filmmakers would go to the actual wreck”. He spent 6 months alone ensuring he had all the historical characters of the crew and passengers; he wanted to honour the people who experienced the tragedy. He spent months getting historical experts to analyze his work till it was perfect.
Cameron had 150 extras and 100 stuntmen and he spent months getting a 350,000 US gallon tank to recreate the scene of the sinking. Cameron even had the song “My Heart Will Go On” specifically made for the film and it became “the films signature song” written by James Horner and Will Jennings it became a world wide smash hit. Cameron began production on the film in 1995, and the film’s release date was to be July 2, 1997 but it got delayed to December 19, 1997, two years of hard work towards the film. James Cameron was the director, co-producer, and the co-editor he had to do it almost all himself. Due to James Cameron’s years of hard work and his dedication and passion to recreate the disaster film Titanic, this shows it is his best film ever made in his whole film career.
In conclusion, the overall gross of the film, awards won and the positive reviews from critics proves the this was James Cameron`s best film ever made. At the time Titanic was the most expensive film ever produced with an estimated budget of $200 Million US. The film earned $8,658,814 on its opening day and $28,638,131 over the opening weekend reaching a grand total gross of $1,843,201,268 worldwide. Titanic ranked number one at the box office and stayed at number one for fifteen consecutive weeks in the United States and Canada, which remains a record for any film. It became the highest-grossing film in history, and remained so for twelve years. Reviews from critics were positive, with an 82% approval and an average 7.4 out of 10. Entertainment weekly said, “ It is flawlessly crafted, intelligently constructed, strongly acted, and spellbinding… Movies like this are not merely difficult to make at all, but almost impossible to make well”. The New York Times said, “Titanic is the kind of epic motion picture event that has become a rarity.
You don’t just watch Titanic, you experience it”. James Cameron’s hard work is shown as it won multiple awards, at the Golden Globes, winning four, Best Motion Picture, Best Director, Best Original Score, and Best Song. It won the ACE “Eddie” Award, ASC Award, Art Directors Guild Award, Cinema Audio Society Awards, Screen Actors Guild Award, Directors Guild of America Award, and Broadcast Film Critics Association Award ,Producer Guild of America Award. The film garnered fourteen Academy Awards. It also picked up the awards for Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Original Score, Best Film Editing, Best Original Song, and Best Art Direction. Eleven nominations. Titanic won the 1997 Academy Award for Best Original Song, as well as three Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television.
It is evident that the film Titanic directed, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron is his best film ever made in his whole film career. This is evident due to actual history interpreted into the film to have the experience of living history, his years of hard work dedicated to the film, and his amazing critic reviews and overall gross made world wide.