When Titanic first came out in 1997, I was halfway through high school and remember loving this movie to pieces. Now, 15 years later and going (as the line in the movie goes) “back to Titanic”, it brought back all the memories and all the love for this film that I once had. I had forgotten the immense attention to detail that James Cameron had when creating this film. You literally feel like you’re right there with the action. The cinematography leaves you awestruck. The imagery of the large ship traveling across the ocean in the sunset, the same large ship half sunk into the water… the visuals you see are just dumbfounding.
I also forgot how striking the entire soundtrack is. I have chills right now as I’m writing this, thinking back to the first few notes that play as everyone is happily boarding at Southampton. It’s often said that the music can really set the tone of the scene and James Horner’s score does just that. The music is all at once beautiful and haunting.
This also brought back the memories of why I went through such a big Leonardo DiCaprio phase! (Those EYES as he’s drawing her!!!) Both him and Kate Winslet are so young at the time of this movie and their chemistry is perfect. It’s such a classic star-crossed love story that (still) kept me rooting for them and thinking “why can’t these two catch a break!?!” Speaking of which, it’s a strange feeling to know how the story ends – Titanic sinks – and still find myself holding my breath, hoping that the ship turns just enough to miss the iceberg.
Although there didn’t seem to be too many obvious additions for the 3D version of the movie, that could perhaps be a good or bad thing. I wasn’t expecting it to be ridiculously 3-dimensionalized but it was very subtle. There were some moments (like water splashing up as a bullet hits it or the railing appearing 3D as you/Jack & Rose are peering over the ledge into the water) that gave quite a nice effect.
What a strange effect this movie has on me. I was completely enthralled during the 3+ hours, watching it all over again and it’s not until now, after the fact when I’m writing this review that I get a bit choked up over the sheer magnitude of the whole thing. Teary over the loss of all those lives on the Titanic, teary over how real the movie made the disaster feel for us movie-goers and teary over the absolute appreciation of such a phenomenal production.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (5/5 stars)
The sinking of the Titanic marks its 100th anniversary tonight, April 14/15, 2012.