(Pssst! Sarah, er, this is the forum for discussing Cameron's Titanic and all aspects thereof. There's always the rest of the board for the rivet counters, the Titanic-people people and discussion of those bits of bound paper I'm so fond of.
Perhaps we could start this conversation again?
Hi Rachel (if you're still about?),
I'm not particularly a Jack & Rose fan, but have heaps of friends who are and not just for the often ridiculed reason of being a Leo or Kate fan (of which I am most definitely the latter). There are a lot of threads here slagging them from the 'J'n'R take the Leaky Loveboat' perspective and there's certainly room for some counter discussion.
While I may not particularly like the Jack and Rose characters at times, I think they play an important role in drawing the viewer into Cameron's film: Rose's emerging commitment to herself as a person rather than as a chattel, Jack's sense of adventure questioning the status quo (something a modern audience connects with, given the rigid protocols of the upper class of the time), and that they provide us with an 'excuse' to tour Titanic and see the ship and history through their eyes. The whole point to me was that Cameron's film is their story, or rather Rose's story, it's not a documentary on the sinking of Titanic despite some of the period detail and look-alike casting etc. Jack and Rose are a reinvention of the 'everyman' archetype, perhaps, assisting the audience in 'owning' and understanding history.
What is it about them that you particularly appreciate?
And while you're here, have you seen another thread in this films forum started by Parks: it's the one asking what the film makers got *right*. Just thought you might be interested in another thread looking for the good in films or at least what people particularly enjoyed for a change.