Review: Titanic 3D

Sunday, 06 May 2012 14:11 Written by  Jasmine LaFlora

In honor of the fifteen-year anniversary, writer and director James Cameron re-released Titanic in 3D. Seeing as though the movie couldn't be re-shot using 3D cameras, the update was still pretty darn effective using 3D technology. Known as the No.1 movie of all time, many years after its release, the revision of Titanic is even more powerful than the first. James is not only a perfectionist, he is a genius. He uses 3D to capture the audience in a way that is not only rare, it is also extremely tasteful.

Titanic was known as one the most successful and acclaimed films of all time not only because of the heavy love story, but also because of the action, adventure and history. It was necessary for James to re-release the film for younger generations to experience the same feelings many people felt so many years ago. For those who have had the pleasure of watching the original version, it's worth a double back just to watch the chemistry between Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio as unnamed actors in their early 20s.

What makes 3D worth the extra few bucks spent on the movie ticket is the amazing visual depth for the scenes that matter. Most people assumed the only part of the movie worth seeing in 3D was the last hour, which couldn't be more false. James uses 3D to enhance the movie all around. From the costumes to the visuals around the dinner table, you can’t help but to appreciate the classic even more.

As for the ground breaking scenes that made the movie, such as when Kate (Rose) threatened to commit suicide and jump off the ship, 3D only intensified moments like this one, making them flawless. When she stood on the deck threatening to jump, it was the first time the camera focused on the water. The 3D effect sent chills through the body. Another scene that was even more powerful in this version was when Rose used the axe to break the cuffs put on Jack. You could feel the force of the axe, as well as their desperation seeing as though the room was rapidly filling with water.

From the 52-ton, 880-foot ship crash into the iceberg to water meeting the ceilings and flooding the deck, it's clear James didn't use any gimmick pop out effects. Instead, he used subtle depth to tell the story even better.

Although many people are not fans of the 3D update trend, it's safe to say you should grab your 3D glasses and allow James to take you on a journey, only this time it’s more exhilarating.

Jasmine LaFlora

Jasmine LaFlora

Jasmine LaFlora is an intern for GMO. She is pursing a BA at Columbia College-Chicago in Magazine Journalism. She has a minor in fashion and enjoys writing and studying fashion.

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