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‘Titanic 3D’: That sinking feeling again

By Lina Chan KobayashiMovies - 04 April 2012 12:00 AM | Updated 5:29 PM

‘Titanic 3D’: That sinking feeling again

"No, don't go Jack. My heart will not go on without you."

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Rating: 2 stars out of 5

The Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

The Buzz: The classic romance and disaster film returns in 3D.

The Story: Jack Dawson (DiCaprio), a penniless man, win tickets to board the ship Titanic through a game of Poker and meets Rose DeWitt Bukater (Winslet), who’s a ‘golden-caged bird’. They fall in love through adventures on board Titanic, despite disapprovals from Rose’s family and peers. Eventually, Jack sacrifices his life for the love of his life, Rose. thinks: So after 15 years, James Cameron is salvaging the doomed ship and making us go through all that drama again, this time in 3D. However, we feel that maybe the classic film should have been left untouched and not be made in 3D.

The 3D effects were minimal and almost non-existent. For those who are not a fan of constantly pushing your 3D glasses up your nose bridge, the classic 2D version is more than enough for you.

In fact, we feel that in most parts of the film, only the subtitles were in 3D. Opening a 3D book is more fascinating than watching this film in 3D.

No doubt the plot is fantastic, (well, it’s definitely one of our favourite classics) but the 3D is a waste of time. And wearing 3D glasses especially when the tearjerkers come on is really a chore.

While some might dismiss this movie as just another gimmick to make a quick buck, we think that it’s a good way to let the Titanic legacy live on, since some cinemagoers these days seem to prefer flashier 3D films over the 2D ones.

If you are not clued in on ‘Titanic’ story (how could you!), the story follows the real life ship Titanic on its maiden voyage to New York as two star crossed lovers named Rose and Jack meet, fall in love and quickly find themselves fighting for survival after the ship hits an iceberg and begins to sink.

That said, ‘Titanic’ is a masterclass in moviemaking when it was made, and it still is, even after post-conversion. An expansive cast, detailed sets and sweeping scenes juxtaposed against Cameron’s skilled storytelling. Pity that the 3D wasn’t that eye-popping but the touch-up did add some spit and polish to the 15-year old movie.

We recommend you watch ‘Titanic 3D’ solely for the classic that it is, and not because of the novelty of its new format. It’s definitely worth another watch as no amount of television reruns could beat watching Jack and Rose on the prow of the RMS Titanic shouting “I’m the king of the world!” – in 3D or not.