If “Titanic” is the greatest movie ever made – and, arguably, it is, based upon box office (more than $2 billion worldwide) and Oscars tally (11, tying the record) – much of the credit is due to James Horner‘s transcendent music.
Yes, James Horner’s underscore is unabashedly sentimental, but that’s the genius of it. The music grabs film-goers by the throbbing heart and steers them emotionally throughout the watery ordeal of Rose and Jack on that doomed boat.
At movie’s end, as the credits roll, the melody is infused in our soul just as Celine Dion gives it added life and meaning with haunting lyrics as she sings – “Near, far, wherever you are … I believe that the heart does go on.”
Lots of people hate the song, of course, but those are people, I argue, who have a stone in their chest where their heart should be. Among cynics, it’s cool to trash the “Titanic” score, but that’s foolish because its really unsinkable. The movie and its passionate anthem about survival will go on and on … and on as classics. Do you agree?