May 29, 2024


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Titanic: A Women Empowerment Movie (A Feminist Film Review)

“What? You think a first-class girl can’t drink?” In the movie Titanic that was written and produced James Cameron in 1997, depicts the situation of women during 1912. The movie showcases a dynamic loves tory between a Caucasian – poor artist lad and a wealthy-independent lass. It also showcased the story of one of the most remembered disaster in the history.

The story started on present time year 1997 where treasure hunter Brock Lovett is in search for a necklace with a rare diamond, Heart of the Ocean, on the wreck of RMS Titanic. They happen to found a drawing of a young woman wearing the necklace naked. The woman appeared to be Rose DeWitt Bukater—- Rose Dawson Calvert. Then she showed up to Lovett and told her experiences about the titanic. The story goes on as a 17 year old, Rose DeWitt Bukater, first-class passenger on the year 1912 board the Titanic. She was forced to marry a rich man named Caledon Hockley, which gave her the conclusion of ending her life is the way to escape it. When she was about to Jump, a man stopped her and offered help but the authorities thought it was a rape and when they found his innocence Cal was force to invite Jack on a dinner with the other first class passenger. The story goes on, Rose and Jack fell in love with each other despite the warning of her mother Rose, Ruth DeWitt Bukater. Afterwards, Cal found out everything and locked Jack away from Rose. Then the Titanic hit an iceberg, and the ship starts to sink, and Rose made her way to save Jack. Leaving the both of them not save because all the lifeboats already departed. Because of the wooden panel where in Rose ride into, she was saved because one of the life boats came back. While Jack died because of hypothermia. After being saved Rose decided to change her name as Rose Dawson and follow her heart leaving all the wealth she have before. The story came back to the present time, Lovett and his company who heard the story got moved and just dismissed the thought of the Heart of the Ocean necklace. The movie ended with the old Rose holding the necklace and throwing it to the Ocean.

Rose is simply someone who is a representation of an independent woman, fell in-love with a poor artist, rejected her family and her fiancé, abandoned her past life, and live her life on her own. She proved so many things throughout the movie; women have knowledge about things too and they are not just beauties, she is a woman who has her own opinion and not afraid to share them because she believes she is just expressing her own, she is willing to try new stuff not minding what will other people think about her, she does not give a concern to how people define femininity, she gave off a new definition of strength, she is confident with her own body, she does not need Jack to save her but otherwise she risked her life only to save Jack. Rose proved that heroes do not just wear capes, they wear dresses as well.

Overall, the movie Titanic marked to me as it shows women empowerment. It may not be the main focus of the story but somehow it did give me a different perspective if you will look on that area. Titanic is worth a thousand tears. The actors and actresses portrayed their roles well which gave more flavor on the film. The production team and the other technical staffs did a great job in producing a blockbuster movie that until now touches the heart of its viewers. The music complimented the flow of the story well, which gave a good narration to the story. Hence, the movie suites my taste and I can say that it is a very dramatic yet meaningful movie to watch.