A few months ago, on Valentines night, Cineworld treated their Unlimited customers to a free preview of Titanic 3D. Here’s what I thought:
James Cameron has timed the release of Titanic 3D perfectly to coincide with the 100 year anniversary of the actual event. At the time of its original release, fifteen years ago, Titanic was the most expensive movie ever made, with a budget of $200 million. And it quickly became a phenomenon, with its box office records being broken only by James Cameron’s very own Avatar. But James Cameron is not the only star to emerge from the Titanic limelight. Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio are now both critically acclaimed in their own right with an array of Academy Award nominations to speak of. But how does Titanic fare fifteen years on?
In this new 3D release, Cameron claims that the 3D conversion technology offers moviegoers ‘the most visceral and dynamic screen experience of Titanic yet imagined’. But, for me, whilst the 3D does not revolutionise the Titanic experience, the digital enhancement does provide crisp and crystal clear visuals that revitalise the film for today’s big screen. The majestic beauty of the ship at the beginning of its hopeful maiden voyage is even more glorious in this enhanced version, where the opulence of the first class cabins glitters and sparkles as if brand new.
But what is most impressive about Titanic is its staying power. Seeing it again on the big screen, it doesn’t feel or look in the slightest bit dated – and this certainly says something about the quality of the technology Cameron used at the time it was made. Of course, Titanic does have its somewhat corny moments, but these are easily forgiven in light of its emotional power and lasting story. Titanic’s 194 minutes still go by in a flash, gripping the audience from its very first moments to its last.
James Cameron’s storytelling ability is incredible and the emotional investment in Titanic’s character’s is what makes it such as success. You might think that, with its roots in such saddening historical facts, any version of the Titanic story would induce emotion within its audience, but this simply isn’t the case. Compare Cameron’s Titanic to Julian Fellowes current television series and its a no brainer – James Cameron builds characters that the audience can’t help but root for. Of course, it also helps that these are brought to life by such charismatic and skilful performers as Winslet and DiCaprio.
Titanic really is at home on the big screen. The sinking is on a grand scale that demand a grand screen in order tobe fully appreciated. After years of watching the dvd, you will be amazed at how much more impressive Titanic is at the cinema with surround sound that brings you right into the action. I could live without the 3D, but to have this epic back on the cinema screen is wonderful. Don’t miss out on this chance to see Titanic where it belongs.
I’m now looking forward to seeing the IMAX version this weekend!
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