Titanic first arrived in theaters on December 19th, 1997. By March 1998, it was the first film to earn more than $1 billion worldwide. It took home eleven Oscars and 81 other awards and is named one of the epic romances of the film era. And now it’s being rereleased in 2D, 3D, and 3D IMAX, to touch another generation in a way that only an ‘epic romance’ could.
The film chronicles the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic, the largest ship of its time which was built to be ‘unsinkable’. The focus of the movie, however, is on a young, carefree Jack Dawson and debutante Rose is who feels trapped in her first class life. The two meet, develop a friendship and then fall in love while having to combat the issues of class, prior engagements and perhaps even death. James Cameron wrote and directed the film as well as assistant edited it, and I would have to say that it’s the masterpiece of his career. (That’s right, not Avatar.)
It’s been 14 years since the Titanic premiered, but its still a shining role for both Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Both play the innocence, excitement and angst of late adolescence perfectly despite both being in their early 20’s at the time. This role was instrumental to DiCaprio’s career as it boosted him until into heartthrob status and Winslet became the youngest actress to ever receive two Academy nods. Individually and as a couple they brighten the screen, working very naturally together as they create a love that is extremely believable.
Now, what makes this movie so different from the first time it was shown is that now the audience has the choice of going to see it in 3D or in 3D IMAX. 3D movies have always been a touchy subject for me. I’m not a fan of them. I think at times the 3D aspects of a film, such as in Alice in Wonderland, can prove pointless where only a scene or two really benefits from it and you’re just sitting there the whole time anyway in those stupid glasses because you can’t take them off if you actually want to watch the entire film. Or other times when the 3D is so over the top, as in Shark Night 3D, that the experience isn’t enjoyable and you find yourself jumping back more than watching. So, I don’t like 3D. It’s quite the turn off for me, but let me just say now that Titanic was a movie made for 3D.
The 3D in Titanic was so natural and fluid that it just seemed right for it to be that way. Whether it was a close up of the characters, the 3rd class dance scene or even the scene where the ship goes under, snaps in half and sinks, everything was perfectly edited and executed so that the audience became more and more involved with the film rather than made to feel that something was over the top or useless. The 3D especially made it seem as though you were no longer watching a movie, but really sitting there inches away from Jack and Rose, watching as they faller deeper and deeper in love. The effect was more of an accent than a theme and makes the impression that 3D may not be so bad after all.
So when Titanic is rereleased on April 4th, go see it in 3D or in 3D IMAX. Go with your boyfriend, girlfriend, friends or your mom. It really doesn’t matter. All you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy and you’ll see that this is truly a movie that will always go on.
Review By Kassandra Porcaro