When I first heard that James Cameron‘s 1997 blockbuster Titanic was being re-released with a 3D conversion, I was shocked. I had missed the opportunity to catch ‘Titanic’ on the big screen (I was 4 when the movie came out) but I did catch it on VHS when I was in primary school. For a 3D converted film, Titanic 3D is definitely the best I’ve seen so far.
For those who have been living under a rock for the past 15 years, the film is a fictionalized account of a real life ship, the RWS Titanic, on it’s maiden voyage to New York as two star crossed lovers of different social classes named Rose and Jack (Kate Winslet & Leonardo DiCaprio) meet, fall in love and quickly find themselves fighting for survival after the ship hits an iceberg and begins to sink. You know what happens at the end.
With the 3D technology that Cameron implemented on ‘Avatar’ 3 years back, I was pretty sure that he could pull off the 3D conversion here well enough. Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed. A majority of the 3D shots are not very effective that you’ll eventually find yourself taking off your glasses to see if there is any difference in the image. But that said, once the story reaches “the most brilliantly staged disaster sequence in movie history”, you can literally see the rushing water coming to you in full force. It makes you feel as if you are a guest in the ship and when the ship sank, I had a sudden gush of how satisfied Cameron might have felt with the $200 million budget as it went to very good use.
‘Titanic’ won a total of 11 Academy Awards including ‘Best Picture’ & ‘Best Director’ and was, at that time, the highest grossing film until the Na’vis took over. Yes, the blue aliens.
Overall, the 3D works the way it was meant to – by enhancing and not distorting the viewing experience. Watch ‘Titanic 3D’ if you’re feeling nostalgic and want to relive the mere days of the 100th anniversary of the disaster or if you just want to catch Jack & Rose’s doomed affair on the big screen again.
“You jump, I jump.” Don’t forget to bring in your tissue papers guys and admit it, we are all just so emotionally attached to Jack & Rose. Oh, and not forgetting Celine Dion’s haunting track too. Till then, this is Chella signing off.