James Cameron’s Titanic first debuted in theaters on December 19, 1997. Beating all the other films, it held the No. 1 spot for months. In fact, James Cameron’s Titanic became the second highest grossing film worldwide at $2.19 billion. Avatar, Cameron’s film, made the most money ever at $2.78 billion surpassing Titanic. James Cameron’s Titanic also garnered plenty of acclaim, for it won 11 Oscars including Best Picture Oscar.
Why did James Cameron’s Titanic draw so many crowds to movie theaters? I believe it was a combination of many factors, but I think what made this film stand above the rest was that it merged cinematography and science better than any other movies about the ill fated Titanic.
Just as if had risen from it’s graveyard in the Atlantic Ocean, we see Titanic as a grand ship once again at the beginning of the film. Throughout the film we see the shipwrecked Titanic and the glory that it had during it’s maiden voyage. In the second part of the film, we see what happened inside the ship after it hit an iceberg. We see water inundating the ship from the bottom to the top and the chaos as people tried to escape. Only a great director like James Cameron, with a scientific mind and an adventurous spirit, could have achieved such a feat. As for movie goers worldwide, they were so amazed that they kept coming to see James Cameron’s Titanic again and again.
Cameron certainly went an extra mile to achieve a level of cinematographic perfection. He took numerous dives to shot the shipwrecked Titanic, and he put that remarkable footage into the film. Those images of the shipwrecked Titanic helped us mourn the deaths of the 1,500 passengers who lost their lives on April 15, 1912. The science of this film depicted the human tragedy that occurred during this maritime disaster. When James Cameron received the Best Picture Oscar Award, with Jon Landau, he asked for a moment of silence to remember the 1,500 passengers that lost their lives on Titanic.
Unlike James Cameron’s Titanic, whose budget was $200 million, his first film Xenogenesis (1978) was a low budget science-fiction film. However, this modest movie made Cameron well known in the film industry. Later on, he would become famous for the Terminator sequels, Alien sequels and Avatar among many other films.
Cameron’s struggles, on his way to stardom, are truly inspiring. He dropped out of Fullerton College, in the fall of 1974, but he continued to study the art of filmmaking during his free time. In order to make a living, he was a truck driver who also had other jobs. After he saw Star Wars in 1977, he quit his job as a truck driver and decided to seriously pursue a career as a filmmaker. The force had certainly awakened him!
Outside of filmaking, among many other interests, Cameron is an explorer. Cameron’s love of exploration and underwater filming has helped make many of his movies like Titanic, and many other of his films, unforgettable. Since he has an daring character, Cameron reached the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean, in the Deepsea Challenger submersible. He made history by becoming the first person to take this underwater expedition by himself. He is the third person to go to the Mariana Trench.
Showing another generation Cameron’s love of deep sea exploration, James Cameron’s Titanic was released again in 3D in April of 2012 to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Since James Cameron’s Titanic was in 3D, the special effects were better than in the first film. Once again, this movie astonished movie goers of all ages.
This April 15th will mark the 107th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. James Cameron’s Titanic is one of the best Titanic films, so far, for it illustrates how the Titanic sank with scientific precision, and it uses movie magic to restore Titanic to it’s former beauty. Adding a human touch, James Cameron’s Titanic preserves the memories of the 1,500 souls that perished on that fateful day.