Since I liked the format so much of the State Fair blog in combining movies and mayhem, we'll do that again with movies set on cruise ships vs. my own experience on my recent cruise to the Mexican Riviera. Fortunately for me, there was a lot less chaos involved on my trip. So what cinematic cruises do we have to put up against mine? Unfortunately only disastrous ones. Titanic, The Poseidon Adventure and its mediocre remake Poseidon, and lastly (and certainly least) Speed 2: Cruise Control. I thought of a few other non-disaster boat films such as Overboard (but it's a yacht, and most of the movie doesn't take place on it..), An Affair to Remember (which I only have a foggy memory of...the only thing I recall is melodrama) , and Now Voyager (which I have sadly not seen.) And if we were talking t.v. and I'd seen it, I would include The Love Boat...but since we're not...........disaster boat films it is! Now let's get to the comparisons. But first... apparently all I needed to do was look up films made in 1997..
Speaking of stupid things put to film let's talk about Speed 2! The voyage here is equally as perilous as the Poseidon's but far more stupid and implausible. And the grand plot behind it all? A disgruntled cruise employee. You can't make this stuff up. This movie is so bad it's bad...but don't worry it's sprinkled with unintentional hilarity throughout mainly coming by way of the script. One of my favorite lines? When a pair of newlyweds exclaim "How could this happen to us!? We're on our honeymoon!" Another great would have to be "Can't somebody stop this boat!?" which I felt like was uttered a few times..
And finally there's Titanic. We all know the tragic real outcome (yes this was a real event unlike some uneducated fools would have you believe...) so I won't make any tasteless jokes even though it was 100 years ago. As for the movie, the first half of the voyage in the eyes of those on first class was quite the life! But not worth having to experience the second half.
MINE: Definitely not as entertaining as all the others...but probably in a good way! Our voyage was probably the definition of lazy. But we did some stuff! Saw some shows, went to the movies, visited the photo gallery, played games, played mini golf, laid out and subsequently got scorched, exercised a bit, etc. And then there was the ultimate entertainment: the fact that French Stewart was on the same cruise as us, and counting the times we would run into him. My favorite? When I stumbled upon French Stewart and his wife singing karaoke. Don't worry I have a video of it. Ask me sometime and I'll show you :)
WINNER: Mine. For relaxation alone!
The next two days were spent in Cabo San Lucas and they were amazing. On day one I went para-sailing and then explored the beach on my own. Day two was more beach time and more snorkeling. The arch and the beach was incredible and the water was the most beautiful shade of blue you can think of.
WINNER: Mine :)
WINNER: Well, I'll still pick mine since I was always allowed to have as much of it as I wanted. But second would go to Titanic.
And finally: Rose and her fiancé Cal. Oh wait I mean Jack and Rose. Haha! I've never really thought that this was the most well-written romance to hit the screen...but I will admit they sure have some iconic and sweet moments (uh minus the whole "draw me like one of your French girls" thing... haha) Compared to the others this one wins in a landslide.
Well that ought to do it. Hopefully you enjoyed my vacation recap with the movie comparison. Look out for a Tahiti/NZ one...maybe....