By now, we all know the story of the Titanic, how 1500 people died after it struck an iceberg and sank to the bottom of the ocean in 1912. 100 years after it’s fateful voyage, Belfast, along with the rest of the world is commemorating the Titanic in all shapes and forms with the opening of Titanic Belfast, Titanic Drawing Rooms and a million and one other celebrations. The re-release of Titanic, which first came out in 1997, is no exception but this time they have tried to vamp it up by bringing it out in 3D.
If you didn’t catch Titanic the first time around, or in the past 15 years, let me remind you of the story; 84 years after the sinking, a 100 year old Rose DeWitt Bukater tells the story of her life and loves in 1912 while sailing on ‘the unsinkable ship’, to her daughter and a group of historic researchers and takes us back to when she fell in love with Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio), a drifter who won a third-class ticket on the maiden voyage during a poker game, while Rose (Kate Winslet) resided in first class with her pompous fiancé Caledon Hockley (Billy Zane) and her overbearing mother Ruth (Frances Fisher).
After wanting free of the life she’s currently in and deciding to end it all, Rose is talked down by Jack who then introduces her to a life free of shackles, and apparently drinking Guinness and standing on her tippy toes like a ballerina. Rose falls in love with Jack and a life in New York with him after the ship has docked, that will free her of her upper class shackles. The affair between Rose and Jack doesn’t stay secret for long, and after the ship hits the iceberg, Titanic isn’t the only thing falling apart in the middle of the ocean.
At the end of the day, Titanic is a really simple love story which will leave you with a lump in your throat as you watch love break through boundaries and social classes during one of the most historical disasters our time has ever seen. We’re lucky that James Cameron is the director here and has taken charge of the 3D conversion, as only he really can. It’s not disappointing during the first half of the movie, the modern day and underwater scenes are impressive but after that it doesn’t make a massive difference, there are a few splashes here and there, the ship’s stern may jut out at you every once in a while and that door definitely looks as though Jack would’ve been able to climb on too…
Titanic 3D is out April 6th.