By Kyle Woosley
For every generation, there is a movie that defines it. For the 70s, it was Star Wars. For the 80s, it was The Breakfast Club. And for the 90s, it was Titanic.
It has been 15 years since James Cameron’s Titanic was released in theaters. After winning countless Academy Awards and Golden Globes, the film reached a pinnacle with its original 1997 release. And to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of when the “Ship of Dreams” left for its maiden voyage, Cameron and Paramount Pictures decided to re-release the film for a new generation with an added effect: 3D.
And I’ll be the first to admit how nervous I was about the added 3D aspect. I have seen multiple movies in 3D since Cameron himself renovated the entire concept with Avatar. Some of which I thought were excellent and others where it just seemed to block the movie from reaching its full potential. Needless to say, when I heard one of my favorite movies of all time was being played with, I was upset to say the least.
At first, the 3D was not appealing to the eye. But once you first see the ship waiting at the docks to set sail, it almost feels like it’s towering before your very eyes. The 3D aspect added a whole new concept of depth to the film that back in 1997 would have been impossible to do. It really gives the audience an idea of the sheer mass and volume of the gargantuan ship. And seeing DiCaprio at the front of the boat screaming his famous line “I’m king of the world!” left me completely speechless.
Sure, there are some parts where the 3D was unnecessary. To be honest, I don’t care much about seeing Kathy Bates’ unusually large hat coming at my face while she’s drinking tea. But whatever issues you could have with the 3D were outweighed once Titanic hit the iceberg. The only word I can use to describe how spectacular the ship sinking in three dimensions looked to me is astounding.
The water rushing at your face, the furniture and glass flying toward you and the sheer chaos of the 2,000 people on board fighting for their lives…let’s just say, you have to see it to believe it. The final scene on the Titanic where the boat is about to go completely under will leave you holding your own breath like you’re preparing to go down with them.
The story is one that everybody knows. The fictional love story of the elegant high-class citizen, Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet), and the “gutter rat” that won himself a double-sided sword in a game of poker, Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio). The two meet on the first, and last, voyage of the legendary RMS Titanic. For those who have watched the movie, I think you know where it goes from there.
The film is not only known for it’s legendary storytelling, but it’s all-star cast. It jumpstarted the careers of Kate Winslet, who went on to give more award-winning performances in movies like Finding Neverland and Contagion, and Leonardo DiCaprio, who has since played in Catch Me If You Can and Blood Diamond. Other big-name stars attached to the film were Kathy Bates, Billy Zane, Frances Fisher and Gloria Stuart.
Watching Titanic in 3D may sound like another pathetic attempt for Hollywood to make a few extra bucks. But having the opportunity to relive one of the greatest movies of all time in a renovated way? That, my friends, is priceless.