December 29, 1997 [Titanic]
But what to do with the other hour and a half? Is it only stock characters and contrivances, its narrative shorthand sketching with far less art than Jack's his love for Rose, and her surrender to him? I can't tell from here--I stayed for the second movie, the one with the sinking ship, and all I can remember is that I stopped worrying too much about everybody else on board and stared at those young lovers scurrying and trying to hang on. The moment when Rose allows Jack to draw her--Kate Winslet soft and glowing, showing us how Rose loves Jack, Kid Leo stopped in his tracks to get it on paper before things move on--that short scene hung in front of me while the big bucks were spent on the second movie where the ship rises to land on everybody and make decisions for them, something they never suspected but we knew all along, even before they met--even before the movie was made. Their romance has no real depth--and neither did Ripley's mother-love for Newt in Aliens; but Cameron sounds fathoms in what seem the shallows.