While watching the previews before The Iron Lady a few weeks ago, David Hoyt and I saw a trailer for Titanic, which came out in 1997. It took me a minute to realize that it would be re-released in 3D, but as soon as I did, David and I immediately looked at each other
and made out and decided that we would see it. The film, released last week, took over a year and $18 million to covert into glorious 3D. Having just seen it today, I can safely say that Titanic is a film worth seeing again in its enhanced form.
Titanic has been called the Twilight of the ’90s. Since the movie has been out since I was five, this review is less about the plot flaws (awkward slavery references, stereotypical portrayals of Italians and the Irish, etc.) and more about how watching it in 3D changed the experience.
Successful 3D movies are those that take advantage of the medium and draw the viewer in. I know exactly how the movie ends (with Rose hogging an oversized door), but I felt as if I were watching Titanic for the first time.
Titanic succeeds in the details. In the post-collision chaos, scenes of plates falling, wood splintering and passengers flailing could not have looked more real unless I had actually been there (thankfully, I was not). And Kate Winslet looks even better in 3D than she did before.
Titanic in 3D isn’t like Avatar (though both were directed by James Cameron and Avatar is like Pocahontas) in that objects don’t appear as if they’re flying at you. Rather, Titanic draws you into the film. The 3D rendering lends a better sense of depth than the original, which heightens the drama and subsequent tragedy. Don’t be fooled by the litany of recent 3D re-releases; Titanic in 3D is a movie worth seeing.