Titanic goes 3-D for anniversary
“Titanic,” written and directed by James Cameron, won 11 Oscars in 1997 and was the romantic cry-fest of the year. 15 years later, it’s in theaters again, this time in 3-D.
The 3-D version of the film is breathtaking and the viewer feels as if they are on board the ship with Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet). The minute the opening scene plays and the Titanic researchers submerge, hoping to find the diamond known as the Heart of the Ocean, you feel like you are in the water with them. The 3-D allows the audience to experience what it must have been like to go down with the ship.
Cameron did a phenomenal job of merging fact with fiction. The characters Mr. Andrews (played by Victor Garber), Molly Brown (Kathy Bates), Captain Smith (Bernard Hill) and Mr. Ismay (Jonathan Hyde) are indeed real people. In the movie, the story line of Molly Brown being considered ‘new money’, and later being known to be ‘the unsinkable Molly Brown’ were accurate. Similar facts taken into consideration were the actions of Ismay prompting Smith to push the engines, Smith going down with his ship and Ismay getting on a lifeboat, which went on to hurt his reputation.
Winslow and DiCaprio both give flawless performances. They brought the audience to tears, even though most had no doubt seen the movie before and knew the outcome. During the scene where Jack teaches Rose how to “spit like a man,” the 3-D really brings it home and makes the audience feel like they are standing right next to them during this lesson. Some people desperately wished for a different ending, but changing the ending would change the feeling of the entire movie.
What makes this movie so special and legendary is the mix of historical fact along with romantic fiction. Granted, in a lot of romance films, there are tragic endings, but “Titanic” is a film that has become iconic over the years.
During a Titanic exhibit I once visited, they had a chunk of the iceberg that Titanic hit, and allowed the tourist to place their hands on the ice to see how long they can keep their hands on the ice. After making the attempt, I learned in a matter of milliseconds that my hand couldn’t take the coldness of it anymore. It really drove it home and helped me to fully understand what Jack was saying in the movie when he prevents Rose from committing suicide in the beginning; about how “water that cold, feels like a thousand knives stabbing you all over your body.” The exhibit also showed how the ship was set up in the film exactly as it had been in 1912.
James Cameron will always be known for his superb directing and writing skills, but “Titanic” brought all his talents to bare. Winslet and DiCaprio will always be known for their roles in this heart-breaking, tear-jerking and at times, comical film. Cameron’s dedication to showing the facts about the events of the R.M.S. Titanic weaved within a romance is what makes the audience become moved by the notion of seeing exactly what those people 100 years ago went through.