TITANIC – There’s no doubt and I’m sure a lot will agree with me if I say Titanic is the biggest, the grandest and the best movie of all time. Yesterday, I had a chance to watch the film again in the big screen, this time in 3D. If I am going to be honest, the 3D side of it was slightly disappointing – it was far from the other films released in that format, however, Titanic wasn’t originally created for a 3D feature so there’s really no point of comparing it with the likes of Avatar, Hugo, and the other blockbuster 3D films. But mind you, despite the movie’s failed attempt in reproducing the film in a 3D format, almost everyone who went out of the cinema, including myself and my family, are still very happy and, once more, captivated by the magic of this masterpiece.
Titanic’s story is timeless, epic and the perfect motion picture material – it has drama, action, comedy, romance, a touch of suspense – everything you can ask for from a standard Oscar Best Picture film. The love story of Jack and Rose is perhaps the most celebrated love story in Hollywood cinema. Everyone can relate to it – the characters of Jack and Rose mirror the reality then and now. It is a modern fairy tale that breathes emotion, passion, sincerity and trust. That’s the biggest asset of Titanic – the main storyline is so powerful that no matter how many times you watch it, you’ll feel the same magic, it’ll have the same impact. Another secret weapon of this movie is the musical scoring and sound – the themesong, as we all know, is one of the bests in the history, but the simple music that’s been inserted in key scenes makes it more grandiose and spectacular. You cannot fault the other technical aspects of Titanic – the editing is magnificent, cinematography is very contemporary and yet sticks to the 1912 setting, production value, visual effects and art direction were all splendid. Truly, a majestic piece of work. As for the performances, I still don’t understand why the Academy has not given Leonardo Di Caprio a Best Actor nomination considering that this is probably one of his best portrayals ever. He suits the role perfectly and he delivered the lines effortlessly. His eyes were very expressive – full of emotions – one great talent. Kate Winslet was equally stunning in her performance as Rose. Her very beautiful face complements well with her natural acting and incredible emotion. Not her best performance of all time but definitely one of the most notable and remarkable – not to mention it kicked off her career too. The supporting cast was brilliant as expected – special mention to Katy Bates’ flawless performance.
Perfection is probably the best word that can be associated with this film. It shouts excellence and brilliance in contemporary cinema. When I’ve watched it again yesterday, the same scenes hit and touched my heart (the band playing during the commotion, the mother and her children ‘waiting’ to die inside their cabin, the second time Rose had a chance to get on a boat, Jack’s death scene, the finale). These film also boast a number of iconic cinematic moments that will live in years to come; Jack’s I’m the king of the world scene, Jack & Rose’ flying scene, the love scene inside the vintage car and Rose’ rescue moment. Whether you like it or not, Titanic will forever be a legend, an unbeatable masterpiece that’ll (kind of) represent what a film should be. James Cameron is a genius! Will I watch it again, HELL YEAH!!!