Today I decided to look for the heart of the ocean.
The film Titanic started with a group of men looking for the blue diamond necklace of Rose Dewitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) in the North Atlantic Ocean. They called the diamond Heart of the Ocean, which they claimed to have been searching for three years. To my surprise, I searched and found it in three hours and fourteen minutes. Titanic, a blockbuster movie in 1997 written and directed by James Cameron, is a movie that lets you find the real heart – love for feminism, a grab on the state of women in the late 1900s, and a huge realization on how things have gone far today. This Titanic movie review is a revelation on how a woman’s heart is a deep ocean of colors, vibrantly portrayed in the film.
“Titanic was called the Ship of Dreams and it was, it really was,” Rose was a hundred year-old by the time she retold her Titanic story to the people treasure-hunting for the diamond. The movie started the flashback on when Rose was a 17-year-old first-class woman riding the Titanic they called “unsinkable.” She was forced to marry Caledon Hockley (Billy Zane) and described the Titanic as a “slave ship taking me back to America in chains.” Caledon played as an antagonist in the story who tried to hinder the love of Rose for Jack Dawson (Leonardo Dicaprio), a third-class passenger she met in the ship. Although impeded by Cal and Rose’s mother, they fought for their love until the end of the movie. “I’ll never let go Jack.” She never did. The Titanic hit an iceberg 50-100 feet high and 200-400 feet wide, causing water to burst rapidly into the ship. This part of the movie showing the dilemma of people clamoring for their lives and ship marshalls having a hard time maintaining order, the rush inside the boat, people intentionally jumping off the ship, a mother singing goodbye to her children, an old couple enjoying their last moments together, the captain watching his deck be consumed by water, people chanting their prayers, children crying and people dying – everything just seemed so real and contagious I always have solid goosebumps all over the film and I still cry even if I had watched it a couple of times over now. Jack and Rose stayed together in the ocean after the ship sunk. After a couple of time waiting, one boat out of 20 life boats came back, but the people floating in the sea like dead fishes of a red tide, were all frozen to death in the water. Rose, trying to tell Jack the good news, found out that Jack too was frozen dead. It was letting go of Jack’s hand so she could call the rescue boat, but she never really did let go of her love. The old Rose, after finishing her story-telling, throws the diamond necklace into the sea.
This review focuses on feminism through the Titanic. It was revealed at the beginning of the story that Rose was taken care of a girl. Strong, independent women not depending on the presence of boys to live. In the flashback, Rose was the one who noticed that life boats present in the ship were not enough for saving passengers. These twenty boats could not even accommodate half of them. The owner of the ship, hearing this, just ignored the threat and bragged on the ship being unsinkable. Girls are more keen on safety, on the little things that truly matter, on being compassionate to people, than boys are. Men tend to be arrogant and focus more on business and politics, which was later on revealed when the gentlemen of the first-class left their fine maidens on dinner table to talk among themselves about these matters. This shows a great phenomenon on the late 1900s on how women are viewed as wives honoring their husbands and men doing the money. A scene on how men control women was portrayed when Cal mistreated Rose several times: for discriminating her taste in art, removing the cigar from Rose’s mouth at a meal with other people without asking for her consent, Cal turning over the table in front of Rose because he was outraged, slapping Rose so hard for asking Jack to draw a portrait of her, even just the fact that Rose was forced to marry him is an obvious portrayal of women degradation, gender inequality. “You will honor me as a wife is required to honor her husband.” This hurts me too much, but the part on where women and children are prioritized in the life boats are great compensation for the unfair treatment onto women. The fact that the story was retold by a woman, and that the main protagonist was a girl who survived the shipwreck without the help of her aristocrat family, was a great recognition of women’s power. But she did not take all credits to herself, “He saved me in every way a person can be saved,” pertaining to Jack. This was a solid representation of women owing people for the good they do, and the loyalty of Rose to Jack until her hundreths shows how girls really are loyal. Today, women, at least a lot, are respected and treated equally with men – some work for the family, standing as both father and mother, being the head of a company, even leading a whole nation. As Rose throws her blue diamond necklace, let us all throw in all the unfair judgement and treatment toward women. Women are meant to fire up the Earth and light up the sky.
To end with, the Titanic movie is truly worthy for being an all-time favorite. All graphics and sounds and how they truly touch the heart, everything was perfect. Considering the fact that the shipwreck really did happen in real life – retelling history has never been as entertaining and striking as this movie. Rose is a symbol of girl power. I decided to look for the heart of the ocean in watching the movie, I never thought I will find it in just three hours fourteen minutes. A woman’s heart is a deep ocean of colors – she is a diamond on her own that needs to be kept, taken care of, respected with so much worth having such great power. Haven’t men thought that the diamond they’ve been looking for was right in front of them? Watch the movie and find the heart yourself.