Reliving the Magic of Titanic in 3d

By Cher Cabula - Thursday, April 12, 2012

15 years after it has graced the big screen, James Cameron's movie Titanic remains to be one of the most epic movies of all time. It has one of the highest gross earnings in Hollywood history. It was certainly without a doubt a very ambitious endeavor but through the meticulous leadership of James Cameron and the talented cast and crew that he assembled, the story of the Titanic's sinking, as tragic as it may be, was re-told. The movie has also won 11 Academy Awards, a feat shared by not many movies in the entire history of film-making in Hollywood.


Although not related to the sinking, the story of Jack and Rose has touched so many hearts throughout the years. Mention Titanic and you'd most likely hear Jack and Rose's names come next, or a few lines from the movie recited from memory. I myself have seen the movie so many times that I'd care to count. Saw it twice  in the cinemas and I don't know how many times I've caught it on HBO.

The movie has been re-launched in glorious 3d and I had bet since a lot of people have already seen it, the movie might not be popular as much. I was dead wrong however. No matter how many times you've seen Titanic (as it was my case), seeing it in 3d was like seeing it for the first time again. The magic is still there, people still get awed by the magnificence of the ship and they still shed tears at the demise of the lovers.

In 3d, everything is much larger and clearer. One advantage of having seen the movie countless of times was that I started paying attention to more details than before. I notice for the first time the intricate lacework and frills of Rose's dresses during the film and how the ships interiors looked like with respect to the period style and colors.

While the tragic love story remains to be the main essence of the film, most of you already know what the fate of the star-crossed lovers was. I'd write instead about the background settings and time period at around the Titanic's sinking.

In 1912, there still wasn't any progressive thinking among the women. If there was, it was very repressed. We saw how women were treated very inferior to men. They had to wear dresses and put on a mask of proper conduct every time they're around men. They had put on layers of clothing, as dictated by the fashion standards of that time. In the movie, we see the women having tea or chatting amongst themselves looking like they're dressed for a ball.

There was a very clear distinction between the classes. I scorned the scenes where the first class passengers had the privilege to be placed in lifeboats first before everyone else in the ship. I hated that a slap of their money, buys them a person's loyalty or an assurance of their safety. What made them better people anyway. James Cameron did a great job in depicting this. He certainly sparked deep emotions during those scenes. 

The RMS Titanic was thought to be unsinkable. How ironic was it that Mother Nature deemed to strike down man's folly and hubris? People really believed that it was unsinkable, the dialogues were even told in a boastful tone. That was excellent scriptwriting there. The team really set the mood of how people thought that it was a very important undertaking for them to be aboard in an unsinkable ship about to make history.

Again, the magic of Titanic was how it was tirelessly created down to the last detail. James Cameron even went to the site where the Titanic really sank for filming and for research. He dedicated more than 5 years in the making of the movie, even going overboard in terms of budget. The hard work and stress were all worth it though, and I couldn't help but feel after watching it that it still remains to be a masterpiece. Whether you're seeing Titanic for the story of Jack and Rose or for just seeing the ship again in 3d, the entire 194minutes of it will be worth your money and your time.

My top-most favorite parts in the movie:

- Jack having dinner with the elite circle of the society. Where he mentioned a very memorable line:

Well, yes, ma'am, I do... I mean, I got everything I need right here with me. I got air in my lungs, a few blank sheets of paper. I mean, I love waking up in the morning not knowing what's gonna happen or, who I'm gonna meet, where I'm gonna wind up. Just the other night I was sleeping under a bridge and now here I am on the grandest ship in the world having champagne with you fine people. I figure life's a gift and I don't intend on wasting it. You don't know what hand you're gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you... to make each day count.
- The first time Rose saw Jack's drawings.
- The "flying scene" The most memorable and iconic scene in the movie of course.
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- The time Jack was drawing Rose lying on the chaise lounge.
- The sinking of the Titanic itself.
- The part when one lifeboat went back to the sinking site to check if there were survivors. Michael Fassenbender's first appearance on a big film.
- The scene where the famous line "I'll never let go" came from.

Some historic Titanic trivia:
- There were only enough lifeboats to accommodate half of the Titanic's passengers.
- The Titanic cost around $7.5M (in our time) to build in 1912.
- Minutes after departing from the docks, the Titanic almost collided with a New York liner.
- The first class lounge was designed after the palace at Versailles, in French Rococo design.
- The first lifeboat out carried only 28 people and the boat had the capacity of 65.
- The band really played on the deck in an effort to calm the people down, that wasn't just a theatrical gimmick in the movie.
- Only 32% of the passengers survived to tell the tale.
- People were spotted playing with the ice chunks that had fallen on deck after the Titanic hit an iceberg.
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