Today, the 15th of April 2012 is a very special date for James Cameron and me. For me, it is a special date, because it is the day on which I have posted my 100th blog post in my blog. For James Cameron, this date has a significance on account of the tragedy that happened on the 15th of April 1912: the sinking of the what was then thought to be the unsinkable TITANIC in the icy waters of the Atlantic and the loss of 1517 lives in that disaster. It can’t be just a coincidence that my hundredth blog entry is happening on the hundredth anniversary of this disaster and that this blog post is about the movie based on this disaster!
If you had seen the 1997 production and liked the film, then you will fall in love all over again with the 3D version released last week; if you had not liked the presentation then, there is a very good chance that you will love this version, simply because you have aged by fifteen years and have a better understanding of the power and attraction of illicit and forbidden love! If you had not seen the movie then, it is impossible not to like this beautiful love story and the 3D visual excellence of the tragedy that strikes the ill-fated ship in the second half. Any which way one looks at it, James Cameron has another winner on his hands and will be more than amply rewarded for his $ 18 million and 60 weeks investment in converting his 1997 production to a 3D format.
How can one pen a review by highlighting just a few aspects when everything about this new version is just perfect? Which is better, the scene in which Jack (played by Leonardo Di Caprio) and Rose (played by Kate Winslet) spread their arms outwards standing on the bow of the ship, or the scene in which Rose tells her fiancé, ” I would rather be his whore than your wife” or the scene in which Rose and Jack make love in the car in the cargo hold or the disaster scene of the flooding waters? Difficult to say! And which sounds make the most impact? The rendering of my all-time favourite Celine Dion number or the sound of the gushing waters? Difficult to say! And as far as the visuals and the detailing is concerned, James Cameron has virtually overlooked nothing!
And the performances are terrific: Cal is the perfect villain and Jack and Rose make the perfect romantic pair. Kate Winslet’s acting assets are amply on display here; her other assets are also amply displayed thanks to the 3D version!!
Before I conclude, another coincidence comes to my mind! The TITANIC went down on 15/4/1912. The digit sum of this date (1+5+4+1+9+1+2=23=2+3) is 5; it went down 5 days after it had begun its voyage; 1517 (digit sum: 1+5+1+7=14=1+4=5) people lost their lives; so, is it any surprise that I am giving it 5 stars?
RATING: 5 out of 5
April 15th, 2012