Saturday, August 21, 2010

Movie Meme: Day 21

"31 Day Movie Meme"

Day 21 | Favorite romantic couple

Jack: Where to, Miss?
Rose: To the stars.

They knew each other only a handful of days, but their love story is almost as epic as the ship where they first met. When Jack Dawson won tickets to Titanic, he saw a world of opportunity. For Rose Dewitt Bukater, the ship was a prison. It's no wonder that the first time they meet, she was ready to literally jump ship. He talked her out of it, of course, and thus began their love story.

Despite their differences (upper vs. lower class, she's engaged, etc.), they managed to fall in love. Even when faced with imminent death, they held on to one another. She came back for him even though she was already seated in one of the precious few lifeboats. He, on the other hand, froze to death making sure she was afloat and safe.

Rose: I love you, Jack.
Jack: Don't you do that, don't say your good-byes.
Rose: I'm so cold.
Jack: Listen, Rose. You're gonna get out of here, you're gonna go on and make lots of babies, and you're gonna watch them grow. You're gonna die an old... an old lady warm in her bed, but not here, not this night. Not like this, do you understand me?
Rose: I can't feel my body.
Jack: Winning that ticket, Rose, was the best thing that ever happened to me... it brought me to you. And I'm thankful for that, Rose. I'm thankful. You must do me this honor, Rose. Promise me you'll survive. That you won't give up, no matter what happens, no matter how hopeless. Promise me now, Rose, and never let go of that promise.
Rose: I promise.
Jack: Never let go.
Rose: I'll never let go. I'll never let go, Jack.

While you couldn't get more romantic and devoted than that, I realize I fast forwarded through a lot of their courtship which was chock full of super romantic moments i.e. kissing by the bow of the ship, Rose posing for Jack naked, dancing the night away, steamy car sex, etc. But it's what happened after all of that, after he tragically died in the end, that was really special. He remained in her heart and she even took his name. Rose then was able to escape her prison and lived a new life in America the way he would've wanted her to.

Older Rose: A woman's heart is a deep ocean of secrets. But now you know there was a man named Jack Dawson and that he saved me... in every way that a person can be saved. I don't even have a picture of him. He exists now... only in my memory.

It's a testament to both Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, that I was so into their characters' relationship in Titanic that I still think of both of them as Jack and Rose. Consequently, a little bit part of me still wish they would end up being a real life couple. I doubt I'm the only one as crazy as it sounds...

1 comment:

  1. A very worthy choice...though they're not on my list (not my favourite of the nineties). I'll always be PRO-Titanic, LOVE this movie.


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