Titanic was released when I was in elementary school. I didn't see it until high school, when my sister and I finally decided we needed to see what all the fuss was about. Yeah sure, Leonardo DiCaprio was an attractive guy, but surely it couldn't be that great. Well, it was pretty great.
So I'd never seen it on the big screen, and I'd never seen it as an adult. When I watched Titanic in high school, that was before having had any romantic relationships. I think maybe that's why it struck me much harder this weekend. I just identified with Kate Winslet's character so much more.
I'd thought it was a love story, and I guess it sort of is. But as I told my sister recently, it sort of sucks as a romance. In a romance, the couple ends up together in the end, happily ever after...or at least with the possibility of happily ever after.
But the real star of the story is Kate Winslet as Rose. It's really Rose's story. It's Rose looking back at her first love, the man who inspired her to break free of the trappings of the upper class. It's Rose who grows throughout the story. I don't know how I missed that before.
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Do you agree that Kate Winslet is the main star of Titanic?