Titanic was re-released in theatres on April 4, 2012 in 3D, close to the 100th anniversary of the ship sinking. After much anticipation for one of my favorite films of all-time to come back on the big screen, I eagerly took my seat in the theatre and awaited for James Cameron’s masterpiece to pop up on screen. How can anyone dislike Titanic? The characters, the love story, the glorious shots and that memorable song by Celine Dion are just a few components that make this film a classic.
What makes Titanic so epic is the fact that we are seeing this film 15 years later in theatres and not one shot looks outdated. Seriously, this movie looks like it could’ve been made in 2011. The CGI and Cameron’s direction are way ahead of its time. I’d argue that Titanic is Cameron’s best film, but even his mind-blowing action film, Terminator 2: Judgement Day features some of the greatest hardcore action scenes of all-time.
How is it that audiences can still emotionally connect to Jack and Rose or The Terminator to this day? Because Cameron is just that darn good of a writer and a director. (Let’s just forget forget that Avatar even happened, ok?)
Cameron, who has always had a fascination for shipwrecks, considered the story of Titanic the end-all-be-all of shipwrecks. After watching a documentary of divers going down to revisit Titanic, Cameron decided to call on Hollywood for the funding and make this true, devastating story into a feature film. Although Cameron wanted to make the film, what he really wanted to do with the project is dive down to look at the shipwreck.
After filming the underwater scenes, Cameron then went on to write the screenplay. It was important to him to honor the crew and passengers who had died during the sinking and of course, it was equally important to him to have a love story.
Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) are without question, one of the most epic movie couples we have ever seen. Yes, the two only knew each other for two days, but we believed in their love and rooted for their relationship until the very end, which makes me come to the conclusion, I fully trust in Leonardo DiCaprio. He is one of the greatest actors of our time. He’s diverse, timeless and completely believable in every role I’ve seen him in. Throughout the film, Jack asks Rose, “Do you trust me?,” and I want to answer for her and shout it from the top of my lungs, “I trust you!”
Cameron and his team spent 60 weeks and $18 million to convert the film into 3D. Although, the 3D effects aren’t eye-opening, the 3D definitely adds to certain scenes, especially those surrounding the actual sinking of the ship. So if you are looking for amazing 3D, you aren’t going to get it with this film.
Cameron didn’t re-shoot any scenes for the re-release, but being the perfectionist that he is, he did change one small detail. The scene where Rose is lying on a broken door in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, glancing up at the stars, that is not the actual star field she would have seen. So after researching the star fields that would have been above the Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912, Cameron went back in and changed the shot.
The real treat of the film being re-released is that we get to experience the Academy-Award winning classic all over again on the big screen and still find ourselves hoping that Jack will survive and he and Rose will go on and on.