Analysis of Titanic

Characters in the screenplay, and their arcs:

Character Arc Critique Suggestions
Brock Lovett Brock Lovett begins the movie as a brash and careless treasure hunter, obsessed with finding riches and willing to do whatever it takes to uncover valuable artifacts. As he becomes more invested in Rose's story and learns about her experiences on the Titanic, he begins to question his single-minded pursuit of material wealth and discovers the true value of life. He ultimately learns to prioritize relationships and experiences over material possessions. While Brock Lovett's arc is compelling, it is a fairly common theme in adventure movies: the protagonist learns that there are more important things than riches. It would have been more interesting if there were more conflict in Brock's character arc - perhaps he initially dismisses Rose's story as a ploy to protect the Heart of the Ocean, but then slowly opens up to the possibility that there is more to life than money. Additionally, Brock's character is fairly one-dimensional, and some more backstory or personal details could have fleshed out his personality and made him more relatable to the viewer.
To improve Brock Lovett's character arc, consider adding more conflict to his journey and fleshing out his personality with more backstory or personal details.
Lewis Bodine Lewis Bodine starts as a reserved Titanic expert but becomes more skeptical and analytical as the movie progresses. He eventually finds a balance between his passion for the ship's history and his analytical thinking, and becomes more open-minded to the emotional aspect of the Titanic's story. The arc is somewhat underdeveloped and lacks a clear turning point for Lewis. Additionally, the character's development is somewhat overshadowed by the main romance story.
Give Lewis more clear moments of character development and a clearer turning point for his skepticism. Allow his character arc to have more impact on the overall plot, and give him more scenes where he can grow and develop on his own.
Rose Rose is a young woman trapped by her privileged upbringing and societal expectations, but who rebels against them and finds love and freedom with Jack on the Titanic. She matures and grows throughout the film, becoming brave, resourceful, and determined to survive. Eventually, as an older woman, she reflects on her experiences and finds peace with the memory of Jack. The character arc of Rose is well-done and engaging, but some of the transitions between her emotional states could be smoother. Additionally, her relationship with Jack feels rushed and could benefit from more development in the first half of the movie.
To improve Rose's character arc, the film could spend more time exploring her feelings of isolation and suffocation in her privileged life before she meets Jack. This would make her rebellion and desire for freedom feel more earned and impactful. Additionally, their romance could benefit from more scenes that show them bonding and connecting on a deeper level, so their feelings for each other feel more realistic and compelling. Finally, in the later stages of the film, more emphasis could be placed on Rose's inner conflict and struggle to come to terms with the tragedy of the sinking, so her eventual acceptance and peace feel like a natural conclusion to her character arc.
Cal Cal goes from being an arrogant and entitled young man who views Rose as a possession to a desperate and manipulative coward who is willing to sacrifice others for his own survival. He ultimately fails to secure a spot on a lifeboat and meets a tragic end. While Cal's arc shows the negative consequences of his arrogance and entitlement, it is not very nuanced. His character becomes increasingly one-dimensional as the story progresses, and his ultimate downfall feels predictable.
To improve Cal's character arc, the movie could explore more deeply the root causes of his abusive and possessive behavior towards Rose. It could also show moments of vulnerability or regret, which would make his desperation in the final scenes more impactful. Additionally, the movie could show the psychological toll that being wealthy and powerful can take on a person, in order to add complexity to Cal's character.
Ruth Ruth starts out as a cold and controlling woman who is solely focused on maintaining her high societal standing and securing her daughter's future through marriage to a wealthy man. However, as the movie progresses and the Titanic sinks, Ruth begins to realize the true importance of love and family, and begins to shed her snobbish and self-centered demeanor. She is ultimately left humbled and remorseful by the tragedy. While Ruth does undergo a character arc throughout the movie, it feels rushed and somewhat forced. Her transformation from a cold and snobbish woman to a more empathetic and caring individual happens too quickly and without enough build-up or explanation.
To improve Ruth's character arc, the movie could have included more scenes that showcase her gradual change of heart and her growing realization that there are more important things in life than social status and wealth. Additionally, giving her some backstory or context for her behavior (such as a difficult upbringing or societal pressure) could have made her transformation more believable and relatable to the audience.
Jack Jack starts as an adventurous and optimistic free spirit with a passion for artistic expression and a desire for a better life. He falls in love with Rose and becomes protective of her, ultimately saving her life. Throughout the movie, he is resourceful, brave, and selfless, willing to risk his own life to save Rose and others. He fights to survive and protect Rose during the sinking of the Titanic, ultimately meeting his tragic end. His legacy lives on through his impact on Rose's life. The character arc for Jack is well-developed and engaging, but may feel somewhat predictable or cliche to some viewers. Jack's heroic sacrifice feels almost predestined, and his character may feel somewhat one-dimensional as a result.
To improve the character arc, the writers could consider exploring more nuance in Jack's character. Perhaps he struggles with his own flaws or fears, but ultimately rises to the occasion in a moment of crisis. Alternatively, they could subvert expectations and have Jack survive, exploring the aftermath of the disaster and the challenges he and Rose face as a result.