“Titanic” was re-released in theaters this week in 3D, close to the 100th anniversary of the titular ship sinking. After much anticipation for one of my favorite films to come back on the big screen, I eagerly took my seat and awaited James Cameron’s masterpiece.
How can anyone dislike “Titanic?” The characters, the love story, the glorious shots and that memorable song by Celine Dion are just a few reasons why the film is a modern classic.
What makes “Titanic” so epic is the fact that we are seeing this film 15 years later and not one shot appears outdated. Seriously, this movie looks like it could have been made in 2011. The CGI and Cameron’s direction are way ahead of its time.
How is it that audiences can still emotionally connect to Jack and Rose or even Cameron’s “The Terminator” to this day? Because Cameron is just that darn good of a writer and director. (Let’s just forget “Avatar” even happened, O.K.?)
Cameron, who has always had a fascination with ship wrecks, considered the story of Titanic the be-all-end-alll of ship wrecks. After watching a documentary of divers going down to revisit Titanic, Cameron decided to call on Hollywood for the funding and make this true, devastating story into a feature film. Although he wanted to make the movie, he also hoped to dive down to look at the shipwreck.
After filming the underwater scenes, Cameron then went on to write the screenplay. It was important to him to honor the crew and passengers who had died during the sinking and, of course, it was equally important to him to have a love story.
Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) are without question one of the most epic movie couples we have ever seen. Yes, the two only knew each other for two days, but we believe in their love and root for their relationship until the very end, which makes me come to the conclusion: I fully trust in Leonardo DiCaprio. He is one of the greatest actors of our time. He’s diverse, timeless and completely believable in every role I’ve seen him in. Throughout the film, Jack asks Rose, “Do you trust me?” and I want to answer for her, shouting from the top of my lungs, “I trust you!”
Cameron and his team spent 60 weeks and $18 million to convert the film into 3D. Although the 3D effects aren’t eye-opening, that third dimension definitely adds to certain scenes, especially those surrounding the actual sinking of the ship. So if you are looking for amazing 3D, you aren’t going to get it with this film.
Cameron didn’t re-shoot any scenes for the re-release, but being the perfectionist that he is, he did change one small detail. The scene where Rose is lying on a broken door in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, glancing up at the stars shows the wrong star field from that fateful day. So after researching the star fields that would have been above the Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912, Cameron went back in and changed the shot.
The real treat of “Titanic 3D” is experiencing the Academy-Award winning classic all over again and hoping Jack and Rose will go on and on.