Is Titanic Really A Great Love Story?

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Titanic premiered in the UK 20 years ago today, which potentially will make you feel old. Very old. But it's as good a time as any to ask: "Is it actually any good?"
The Best Picture winner has a lot of numbers on its side. It won 11 Oscars. It made over $2 billion (£1.5 billion). And in an unofficial study, it has caused at least 50 billion wistful sighs worldwide. It does have its fair share of critics, however, who point to Rose's lack of self-awareness, the sheer speed with which the lovers fall for each other, and the size of that damn piece of wood. Still, die-hard defenders continue to hold on and, more importantly, somehow work "I'll never let go" into everyday conversations.
I asked Hunter Harris, a colleague on the entertainment team, to join me for a civil disagreement. Hunter provided the con arguments, pointing out all the reasons why Titanic is a terrible movie, and I stood up for the film. Read through our thoughts in this slideshow, and decide for yourself if James Cameron's great love story was worthy of your teen devotion, or if you were blinded by the swelling music and Leo's dapper grin.