Netflix may be the king when it comes to featuring your favorite shows, but the streaming platform should totally go ahead and add "heartbreaker" to its résumé — because that's exactly what it is to Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet fans. As of Oct. 1, Titanic is leaving Netflix, and seeing the 1997 classic just arrived on the platform July 1, its departure feels way too soon.
However, this isn't the first time Netflix has played this seemingly cruel joke on those obsessed with Jack and Rose's epic love story. As it turns out, Titanic has made a few appearances on Netflix, only to leave a few months later. It happened in 2013, as well as 2015. Reasons why Titanic keeps playing "pop goes the weasel" with the streaming giant aren't publicly known, but a contractual agreement between Netflix and Twentieth Century Fox isn't necessarily a farfetched explanation, especially when you consider other Fox programs leaving the platform, like Bob's Burgers and Malcolm in the Middle.
Developing hypothetical reasons as to why Titanic doesn't live long on Netflix is a total waste of time, though. And instead, fans should spend the next week or so rewatching the box-office hit. Oh, and no need to shed a tear about its departure, either. Because when following Titanic's pattern with Netflix over the years, everyone can take solace knowing that the James Cameron classic will likely be making its way back to Netflix sooner or later.
Sure, Titanic isn't the most accurate when it comes to depicting real-life tragedy, but this $2.187 billion box-office smash still has the makings of a marathon-worthy flick. For starters, who can deny the handsomeness of DiCaprio's baby face? The legendary actor is enough of a reason to rewatch the film over and over. But in case someone needs more convincing, Winslet also delivers a performance that'll give any viewer chills.
Also, according to Winslet, her playing opposite the actor turned activist helped to prepare her for her role in the upcoming film The Mountain Between Us, according to an interview with Elle. And by the looks of the previews, the Hany Abu-Assad thriller is bound to pull at your heartstrings — as Winslet's performance in Titanic did, as well.
Also, one would totally be remiss not to mention the impact Céline Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" had on both fans of the film and the Billboard charts. Dion's 1997 chart-topper was so dynamic that the artist was invited to perform the track at the 2017 Billboard Awards in honor of Titanic's 20 year anniversary. The singer's performance brought many in the audience, as well as those watching from home, to tears. Talk about being able to retain cultural relevance.
That same cultural relevance is just why people are not happy about the decision to pull the classic film from the streaming service. Titanic should be a staple in the Netflix lineup, and not having it as such takes away from the watching-until-your-heart's-content experience.
Titanic is one of those films that you watch when you're in need of a good cry. It's one of those films hopeless romantics watch when they need another love story fix. And it can also serve as a form of comfort for those '90s babies who want to retain a piece of their childhood. Never underestimate the power of a good comfort-watch. Especially when world news is oh-so depressing.
Knowing that Titanic will probably make its way back to Netflix eventually doesn't make the blow of its departure sting any less. And though it'll be extremely hard to fill the void that Titanic is going leave, it looks like the only way for fans to cope with the news is to find another film to replace it.