09 February 2013

Family Movie Night: Titanic


Movie Nights are back for the new year! Every Saturday we share our ideas for family movie nights, with Movie reviews, fun theme night ideas and a month of FREE DVDs courtesy of our sponsor, Fatso (see below for details).

Our Super-Cool-Fab Review Team...



Our crack team of expert Movie Reviewers begged their mama to watch Titanic. AGAIN.
Hold on, you might be thinking. Isn't that an (M) rated movie? Don't Jack and Rose do the nasty in the back of a car? Doesn't he sketch her NAKED?

Er, yes. All that may be true. But with a bit of cunning editing, and a quick-as-lightning hand on the remote we cut out all the dodgey bits and turn this amazing movie into a (PG).  We fast forward when Rose is trying to recue Jack while he's handcuffed to the pipe and the water is rising... We hit *mute* if the music gets too foreboding and it all gets too much for a moment.
We know how it's going to end, we know the boat will sink, but somehow we are drawn back and back to this amazing epic movie which still holds its own 15 years on.

My kids are mad about this movie. They are intrigued with everything to do with the story. Last year on the 100th anniversary of the sinking we had a full-on Titanic Theme night. We got books out from the library; we googled stats and intersting little-known facts. Dash even write a blog post and shared it with his class.

This is one of those movie nights that's not just about entertainent. It's one of my all-time favourites as well, one of a select group of movies which I went to the Cinema and saw on the Big Screen THREE TIMES. Incredibly well done and a moving story, this movie has it all: Action, romance, drama...

So many great conversations we've had about this movie... or should I say the EVENTS behind the movie. The binoculars that went missing... which might just have made the difference. The way there weren't enough lifeboats because the ships owners thought "God Himself couldn't sink this ship".
The tragedy. The class snobbery. The heroes and the miracles.

If you're handy enough with the *fast forward* button and you think your kids are old enough to cope with a disaster movie, you might want to give this one a whirl. Remote poised and ready... and a fascinating slice of history will be introduced in living colour.

[Get ready to Fast Forward... not long after this bit]

Turning Titanic from (M) to (PG): WHERE TO HIT FAST FORWARD
When Rose and Jack go into her stateroom and she unlocks the safe and brings out the diamond necklace, hit *skip*. Keep skipping until they burst out the door onto the deck, just before Titanic hits the iceberg. You will have missed all the naughty bits. the rest is pretty safe apart from a couple of curse words near the beginning; the rest will depend on your judgement of how your kids are handling it.


Here's what our experts have to say about Titanic...


Dash. B. Cool: "Its a really sad movie. Titanic was the biggest ship in the world but it sank on its first trip. I think if they had the binoculars they might have still hit the iceberg but they wouldn't have sank. I think it was sad how so many people in third class died. It's a very sad story but very cool too."

Dash scores this movie's "coolness" as: ♥


Foxy Fab: "I LOVE  this movie. It's so amazing but also really sad. I think it's sad how the people in the lifeboats wouldn't go back for the people in the water. They were too scared of getting tipped out. Only one boat went back. That's sad. Those people didn't all have to die. I loved the story of Jack and Rose; I thought Jack was a hero. She would rather be with Jack and be poor than be with Cal and be rich, because Cal was mean and selfish."

Foxy rates this movie's "fabness" as: 


Super Scrag: "I like it. I get sad watching the people but its interesting too. I didn't like the bit where they were inside the boat when the water was flooding. I would be scared if I was them. But I like the movie. Its INTERESTING for me!"

SuperScrag scores this movie's "super-ness" as:
 

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Titanic Theme Dinner (to Make Your Movie Night even more Super-Cool-Fab)

It's a lot of fun (and very easy) to have a Titanic Theme Night.
  • First Class or Third? Dress up in 1912 Style!
  • decorate the dinner table with the Best of Everything
  • talk with an accent
  • First Class, look down your noses at Third Class (don't forget to point your pinky)
  • look up more facts about Titanic using Google
  • It's a long movie so start early
  • Check out our complete Titanic Theme Night story for more ideas



What are your best Movie Night Ideas? Send me an email with your ideas (include a picture or link to a blog post if you can) so I can feature it here on Saturday Night at the Movies.


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