I am watching Titanic right now because it is on Netflix and because my shoulder is fractured so I spend about 15 hours a day (give or take) watching Netflix. I am about 45 minutes in and already getting annoyed with what I think everyone, deep down, already knew all along; Cal is an infinitely better choice for Rose than Jack.
We are supposed to dislike poor old Billy Zane because he is rich and controlling, but my oh my, he seems to really like this suicidal Rose while she just isn’t feeling it. He buys her shit tons of diamonds, he is concerned about her unhealthy smoking habit, and he gets on so great with her anal mother. Plus, I bet his dates are far better than “learning to spit”.
I just passed the point in the film where Rose tries to jump off the boat and heroic Jack saves her. People come running on account of her screams and, uh oh, poor Leo is looking like he’s about to assault Miss Winslet. All of a sudden we are supposed to think that Cal is the bad guy because he immediately starts yelling at and shoving Jack, a reaction which is fairly reasonable for a man thinking his fiancee was being attacked
Then! Cal invites Jack to dinner with their rich crew. That’s right, he invited Leonardo DiCaprio, who just saved his fiancee’s life, to have dinner with them. There’s some confidence. I wouldn’t invite Leo around any sort of fiancee he could (scratch that would, inevitably) steal. He’s LEONARDO DICAPRIO and he OWNS EVERYONE’S HEART. All because Rose pushed the idea. Man, he really loves this Rose chick.
Jack on the other hand, doesn’t have a job, doesn’t have table manners, and jumps around the world without a care in the world. That is not a marrying man. That man will be gone on some bender in South America in a month tops. Thank God the iceburg hit so Rose could keep up her delusion (Rose Dawson? Seriously?).
Finally, the very end staircase/death scene. Rose has spent five days of her life with Jack and yet at the end of the movie, when she ascends into what we can only presume is a Heaven of sorts, she is off to spend eterity with him rather than the husband she spend (probably) a good 50 years with. Seems a bit skewd to me. Just saying.