Titanic 3D (12)
Directed by: James Cameron
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Billy Zane
Running time: 194mins
A boy and a girl from differing social backgrounds meet during the ill-fated maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic.
On April 10th 1912, RMS Titanic, the greatest ship that has ever been built, left England for New York on her maiden voyage. On board are 2,200 passengers and crew, with dreams in their hearts and hopes for their futures.
On board are Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose Dewitt Bukater (Kate Winslet). Two people from very different backgrounds who meet by a chance encounter but find love and romance in each other’s arms and who are about to witness the greatest tragedy man, and the sea, have ever known…..
It’s been 15 years since James Cameron’s Titanic first graced the silver screen and blazoned a trail across the box office, carrying with it Oscars, Golden Globes, BAFTAs and not to mention the hearts and emotions of both critics and the viewing public alike to make it the highest grossing cinema experience ever.
To coincide with the 100 years since the real ship’s launch, Titanic has been completely remastered from its original source to be presented onto the silver screen once more. I won’t go into the performances or narrative of this film as already much has been said by critics and historians alike. Suffice to say though that Titanic 3D is very much the same version that has been seen in the cinemas and DVD. Except for that one difference, the third dimension.
Right from the start the viewer is taken in by the majesty and beauty of the ship herself. From her watery grave at the ocean floor where she sadly rests to the CGI rendering that she once was.
Indeed there are times that the viewer can almost smell the fresh paint and sea air as she strolls across the ocean, the noise of the giant pistons in the engine room (at times you can even see the heavy oil that has been used to lubricate) now leap out at the audience with every frame. It is also in amazing clarity that the viewer witnesses the carnage and destruction in the later part of the movie, which require no words to explain or express.
That said, there are only a handful of scenes that truly benefit from the 3D rendering; however these scenes are so powerful that it makes the 3-hour plus running time worth it. James Cameron stunned the world with Avatar and he will stun it again, albeit in a clever marketing ploy, bringing to the screen once more a chance for those who have only grown up with the legend, both in historical and cinematic terms. For this reason alone, the price of admission is well worth it.