Titanic 3D review

Now I don't think I need to give you all a synopsis review as I am hoping you all had a chance to watch this mahoosive film in the past decade or so, but if I must, here I go.  The Titanic is the setting for an epic love story of tragic and emotional proportions.  Rose Dewitt-Bukater (Kate Winslet) is a woman of social standing, to be married to a man that will keep her in this position.  She hates Cal Hockley (Zane) and feels bound to marry him and the request/emotional blackmail of her mother.  Overwhelmed by her oppressed life, she decides to end her life, but by a chance of fate, she meets Jack Dawson (Dicaprio) who pulls her back to safety.  Thus starting an emotional rollercoaster of a journey into their deepening relationship on the fateful doomed journey.  All this is told to us by 84 year old Rose, looking back on her life and recounting the stories for the first time.
 
Having seen it in the cinema twice back in 1997 when it was realeased the first time, I couldn't help but marvel at how well the story stands up after all these years.   It's still a solid story if a bit overwrought and over emotional at times.  It is still far too long as a film and does get boring at times.  But the film only touches on the smallest amount of the true horror of what it was like,  as its too involved in the schmaltz of it all.  Which is dissapointing.  I had hoped that 3D element would bring the action sequences to life, to add a bit more of that true horror of the last moments on a sinking ship.  But these were never utilized correctly.  Some of the sequences would have perfect for 3D like the water gushing through corridors breaking doors off their hinges or breaking through the magnificent first class glass roof, but to no benefit.  But the one place I thought it really worked was the early and end shots of the original wreck under the ocean eerily peering out of the endless darkness of the ocean and the dissappearing back into the abyss, forever to be lost again.
 
Its not secret that I am not a fan of 3D, as I don't feel it adds anything to a film and have only seen a couple of films over the years where the 3D was a huge plus (Harry Potter 7 Parts 1 and 2, Avatar)
but Titanic isn't any better for having 3D added to it.  The glasses were incredibly cumbersome, heavy and didn't fit me and at times it created additional blindspots and made you move your hear more to see all the action.  And I am sure neck ache is not what you signed up for.  It really took away from my enjoyment of the film as a whole.
 
The main issue with the 3D is the digital advances this film had made all those years ago now look very dated with 3D on top of it.  The 3D shows up all the original film's technical flaws from the bad green screen to the terrible fitting of Leo and Kate's face on their running body doubles (which is just awful!).
 
Not to criticize it entirely, the film succeeds in its attention to details. Cameron pays a lot of attention to the fine details which makes the film all the more alluring to the eye.  The costumes and jewellery are true to the time period, the grand staircases and giant elaborate glass ceilings and even down to the china used on the ship.  All exact replicas of the original ship.  And lets not forget that ship, The Titanic is gorgeous as ships go, and stands majestic in every shot.  This is where this film wins.  And despite all its faults (and there are many), its is a good entertaining film.

Titanic 3D at IMDb

Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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