Before I even start, rise your hands those who have seen Titanic as children/teenagers? Now, rise your hands those who cried at it? Those who had a Leonardo Dicaprio poster on the wall? I guess this one is just me, but apart from that, we all share this sentimental feeling towards Titanic, and 3D won’t ever change it.
I have already wrote about Titanic 3D in January when I attended a Q&A with the producer, John Landau. Although I liked the way he discussed the movie and even after seeing a few converted clips, I still wasn’t persuaded to this visible, yet hardly major change. But then, a couple of months later, I was invited to the screening of Titanic 3D. This time without the official introduction, without any help to understand the reason behind it and without the typical vibe. Nobody has yet review it and nobody had any opinion. It was served to us like it was served the first time- raw and open to all sort of critique. But this time it was served on the plate of sentiments.
The question this time wasn’t ‘if cry’, but rather ‘WHEN to cry’. The second it starts, Titanic 3D is just an exquisite sentimental journey. And it’s not the journey that we remember we loved. It is the journey we want to take again, that we re-discover and that we re-love. The tears of nostalgia mixed with completely new tears of amazement makes you realise that Titanic 3D is simply universal and it will never grow old.
When it was announced that no special effects have been touched while converting Titanic into 3D, I was more than surprised. It came out in 1997 and from my experience, films, especially the ones filled with dollars, tend to look silly after some time. If they are lucky enough though, they just look old, and we look at them just like we look at the old photographs of ourselves- we like the memory more than anything else. But something magical happened to Titanic. It didn’t age. Just like Rose’s memories, it remained vivid and full of flavour. It’s alive!
I won’t be writing about the story in Titanic, because those who have seen it, know it very well, and those who haven’t will have chance to go to the cinemas now. The only thing I want to say is that yes! Titanic is amazingly cheesy, the background characters are stereotypical and bland and the world in the film is divided into black and white. Rose’s fiance is probably one of the most evil villains in the history of cinema and I was just looking at his actions in awe. How much evilness can there be in one human being? How about making him a Batman villain? I’m not joking, this guy is so bad, he almost sacrifices his own life in order to destroy the relationship between Rose and Jack, but when his evil plan fails, he kidnaps a random child in order to have a priority in life boats. As for Jack and Rose, it is indeed an unimaginably romantic love, but a believable one. With the help of cheesy atmosphere and Celine Dion, the lovemaking in a car definitely becomes one of the most erotic scenes of the cinema and this:
this makes you put Leonardo Dicaprio’s poster on the wall.
And what about the 3D? I must say, I’m not a fan of 3D, but in Titanic it just works. I agree with John Landau, that this film was simply perfect to be converted into this new technique and it looks just breathtaking when being watched with the embarrassing 3D glasses on.The picture is clear and vivid, the sound is simply stunning; and because, like in Avatar, the 3D effects are mainly in the background and they are not pushy like normally in movies, and also because Titanic has proven to be a strong movie without it, the conversion made the film an experience.
Titanic is simply outstanding and the moment I left the cinema, I could not stop talking about it. Say whatever you want, but to me it is one of the most amazingly crafted blockbuster of all times. It has its flaws, but it never aimed to be an ambitious film. It aimed to be an unforgettable experience and it is indeed. Mr. Cameron, you are a magician.