Released in 1997, the James Cameron film Titanic captured the hearts of millions around the world, and helped to propel Leonardo DiCaprio into the public consciousness. Although it’s third-highest-grossing film of all time and undeniably a classic, I have a particular gripe with the movie that I’m sure is shared by many of its fans. I think you know what I’m talking about. It’s that scene toward the end.
Jack and Rose have fallen in love, the Titanic has met its demise at the hands of an iceberg, and with the two lovers hanging on for dear life to a door floating on the icy, choppy waters. Jack nobly sacrifices himself to ensure that Rose lives on, and around about that time, I always get some dust or something in my eye.
I’ve never bought, however, that there wasn’t enough room for two people to float to safety on that door. It’s a big door, and when faced with the threat of drowning, I’m pretty sure Rose could make some room for her lover on there. This insane theory about Titanic, however, might help to explain one of movie culture’s most pressing questions in a surprising way.