Titanic on the Big Screen

We've known for 15 years what this picture represents...


Yep. Not a big fan of 3D. The glasses are annoying, and it’s meant for certain scenes of certain films. Otherwise, I know that filmmakers and companies are trying to get a profit off of what’s “hot” or “in” right now. I don’t know why they wanted to make Titanic into 3D, but I was skeptical about it. In fact, I was appalled that James Cameron wanted to profit off of an already successful film. You won, James, get over it. BUT, the more I saw the trailer for it, the more I realized how awesome it would be to see it on the big screen, 3D or not.


The epic original trailer…


My sister got to see Titanic in 1997 3 times in the movie theatres. It didn’t seem like a big deal then, and with seven bucks a pop, it wasn’t much of a stretch back then. She had the soundtrack and the book—a huge textbook filled with glossy pages and huge pictures too epic to ever forget.  I saw the film a few months later at my brother’s classmate’s apartment. Because it was on VHS, and because the film was what should feel like a daunting 3 hours and 16 minutes, we (I believe at least five of us) had to watch it in parts—2 tapes, if I remember correctly (actually, it might have been three). As an eight year old, it brought me to tears, though admittedly, I hardly understood everything that was going on. Only certain scenes stuck out, namely Rose’s “I’ll never let go.” The line, of course, was abused by kids around our age, not fully understanding why she physically let him go as she said those words. But I digress.

Since then, I’ve probably seen Titanic in its entirety about seven or eight times. My favorite experience, however, was on the big screen. Luckily, my roommate Chris works for Paramount so I was able to see it for free at the Paramount Theatre. Can I just say—forget about it being in 3D. It was the fact that the film played on a huge screen that made the bigger difference for me. It’s a grandiose story meant to be seen in a grandiose way.

Since I’ve formally studied film, I find it entertaining to watch films I used to love—or hate—when I was younger. My present self is curious to see if I pick up on the same moments or notice things I never did before. With Titanic, I appreciate the film so much more now. James Cameron is an exceptional director. I just kept thinking about how every scene, every angle, every shot was motivated. James—if I may be so bold—and crew made every scene make sense to the story. And what a story, indeed. I don’t think I’ve ever come across a film that makes you care about the minor characters as much as the main ones. How did James make it work so well? It’s so difficult to make such fruitful minor characters, and so many movies fail to do this. I just felt so inspired after watching it.

This guy is so good at what he does


I could go into the parts that I didn’t like about the movie (Older Rose’s pathetic sigh as she drops “La Coeur de la Mer” in the ocean, Jack and Rose professing their love after about 2 or 3 days of knowing each other, etc), but I won’t dive into it. But I will say that because the film obviously never intended to be seen in 3D, it didn’t make sense to see 95% of the film that way. There were only 2 or 3 key moments that worked with the 3D that were pretty cool, but for the most part, it’s not worth it. What is worth it is the big screen feel.

Even if you’ve seen the film 1000 times and even if you saw it in theatres 15 years ago, watch it in theatres in April. It’s just…so good.

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