Back in 1997, James Cameron released his big-budget romance/action movie Titanic, which was one of the most expensive movies ever made. Delays and budget overruns couldn’t sink this ship, which went on to become the biggest grossing movie of all time (well, until Cameron released Avatar in 2010) and won the Oscar for Best Picture. So after 15 years, Cameron has re-released his epic disaster flick, but has given it the 3D treatment. Now was it worth going back to Titanic? Read on!
The good: Well, the 3D actually lives up to the hype. Cameron’s treatment of the original source material makes the film pop, and it gives the entire movie depth. It’s so good that it feels like you’re watching the movie for the very first time. Now, I was expecting things to fly at my face, but since Cameron stuck to keeping the source material intact (except for changing the night sky to comply with some astronomer’s gripe about the stars not reflecting the actual star configuration in 1912) there weren’t any cheap 3D special effects to ruin the mood. Plus, the movie has held up over time; it’s still as gorgeous as it was when it came out in 1997, and the only dated reference present was one about Geraldo Rivera’s career.
The gay: The glamour! The dresses! Rose’s hat! The necklace! Celine Dion! Oh, and Leo DiCaprio looking all youthful and swoonworthy. Now does anyone notice how Leo is pressed right up against his Italian buddy after he shouts “I’m the king of the world”? Maybe not the king, Jack Dawson, but you’re definitely on top right there.
The bad: Over the years, Titanic has become somewhat synonymous with pop culture cheese (or, as I like to call it, “fromage”). Well, the cheesy, eye roll-inducing dialogue is still there. Plus, some of the dramatic action sequences come directly from the James Cameron formula for successful action movie, which is cheesy in itself. Not to mention Billy Zane’s overacting…
The fugly: Well, this movie has a lot of pretty scenes, so there isn’t too much that falls into the fugly category. Did I mention Billy Zane’s bad acting?
Should you go back to Titanic?: Yes! The 3D refresh of this monolith of a movie is worth taking that trip down Titanic memory lane. My heart definitely goes on for Titanic, so whip out the cash, strap those 3D glasses to your face and enjoy the ride!