Posted by Rande Iaboni on April 3, 2012 at 11:01 pm
It was a difficult task to find a way to write the review for ‘Titanic 3D.’ It is a film I have seen in the past but haven’t revisited in quite a long time. I remember absolutely loving it when it first came out in theaters (of course that was about 15 years ago) and I was curious to see how I felt about it now. Surprisingly, the film holds up very well. Sure, there is some cheesy dialogue – it wouldn’t be a James Cameron movie without it – but overall the film was still as epic and breathtaking as I remembered it.
I’m sure most of you reading this review have already seen the film (unless you weren’t alive when it came out back in 1998, although you probably saw it on DVD at some point), so I won’t bore you too much with the logistics of the plot. And even though the majority of the people who will see this film in theaters now already know how it ends, that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable, at least not for me. The magic in this film is not only the extravagant set designs and costumes (although those are wonderful), but the undeniable chemistry of the two leads, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. The film rests entirely on their shoulders and would completely fail if we didn’t buy their relationship. Let’s be honest, these two meet on a boat and within 48 hours are madly in love with each other. It’s a pretty ridiculous concept, but it works.
So what didn’t work for me this time around? The 3-Dimension! I was extremely disappointed with the usage of 3D in this film, especially because it was from James Cameron, I expected a lot more from him. There were a few moments where it looked neat I suppose, but overall it just seemed like a cash grab by increasing the ticket prices. The action scenes are spectacularly shot and extremely suspenseful, but they don’t need 3D to work. Like I said before, the real spark here is the chemistry, and you certainly don’t need 3D for that.
I left the theater feeling pretty great – well, a little depressed given the ending – but in my opinion ‘Titanic’ is a modern cinematic masterpiece. I still remember seeing it for the first time, and I don’t think I will ever forget that moment. No matter how cliché that may sound. So I thank James Cameron and crew for allowing audiences to revisit this film on the big screen again.
SEE IT…but be warned, I am NOT recommending the 3D by any means, but seeing it on the big screen again is worth the inflated ticket price!