Film Review: The Titanic

In order to beat James Cameron’s version out and capitalise on the hubbub this TV version released in 1996 is a sadly inferior version to most others in almost every way.

The Premise

Once again a cross section of passengers are followed throughout their voyage on Titanic.

The Disasters Faced

Aside from the ship itself, there’s Tim Curry as a whole whose role can only be described as pantomime evil villain, a mental nanny with no nanny skills whatsoever and the possibility of being swallowed by Catherine Zeta Jones mouth.

The Execution

One of the things I do appreciate sometimes with these three hour mini series’ is that you can get some good character depth. Here all we get is to see how as a whole, the majority of the cast are completely dislikeable. Zeta Jones is miserable and snotty, Tim Curry is just vile, as is the thief Mike Doyle. Why on Earth the Allison’s hired the quite clearly not all there Alice I’ve no idea. Infact, the more of a misfit they are, the more the film laps them up. The film decides it would rather spend time watching two romances. The first with Zeta Jones and Peter Gallagher left a bad taste in my mouth as she’s meant to be married and she has absolutely nothing bad to say about him at all. It’s as if she’s just decided to be a filthy moose. The second has such a vile lead in Mike Doyle’s character that I wanted poor Aase to tell him where to go. Worse still, if I drew a line across all the characters that were likeable of all the fictious ones, almost without fail they all perish.

The Effects

The effects are poor to say the least. Some mid 90’s fuzzy smoke, and bad compositing. The actual sinking is shown by some dissolves and although it should be noted it’s the first film to show the ship break in half, even that’s shown by a few pieces of snapping wood.

Why It’s Worth Watching

Tim Curry’s performance and character as a whole is so out-of-place it has to be seen to be believed. Do we really need a jewel stealing plotline? Have we not seen Beyond the Poseidon?! Aside from that, it feels like whomever wrote the script and directed it had seen some parts of next years blockbuster as some of it worryingly parallels the other version and it’s slightly morbid to watch and see how they’ve desperately tried to not rip it off whilst not actually changing much at all. It all reeks of no creativity and what changes are there are grossly out of tone.

Favourite Character

Gotta love the Jack family. Most underused people in the film yet the ones with the most heart and soul.

Best Death

Forgive the subtitle but one of the few areas where this film doesn’t toe the line is showing that children were also killed in the disaster, something skimmed over by a few others. The Jack’s and Allison’s don’t make the boats and that’s the saddest part of it all.

Weirdest Moment

Tim Curry aside, I thought Peter Gallagher was going to be swallowed by Catherine Zeta Jones whenever they kissed. There’s a whole lot of mouth going on. Oh – and enjoy our Theif’s and Nanny’s English skills. accurate maybe, but slightly oddball too!

Conclusion

An utter ripoff that brings very little to the subject as a whole. I’m quite shocked at the fact IMDB has it rated as a 6.0. Decent acting lifts the obviously ramshackle production values but it’s far more a dubious romance story than anything else and everything feels like an afterthought.

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