A boy and a girl from differing social backgrounds meet during the ill-fated maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic. (IMDB)
Back in 1997 when I was 12, like everyone else I went to see Titanic and my 12 year old self of course had a massive crush on Leonardo DiCaprio. Oh how things have changed.
I went to see this in 3D (it was my Dad’s idea, not mine) and considering my mood at the moment is for complete mush, I actually enjoyed it in all it’s cheesy overblown romantic glory.
It’s the first film in 3D I have seen. Yes, I’m a little behind the times and I don’t like forking out all that money to go and sit on a dirty seat to watch a film 3D or not 3D. I had to brush crumbs off the seats in the cinema today. Aren’t people supposed to tidy up these places between viewings? The VIP seats I think were spotless. I suppose us lower class people, much like on the Titanic, just have to put up with living in filth.
After a while I completely forgot that it was in 3D – some of it was impressive and I do think it did benefit a little from being given that extra visual depth. The effects were always pretty good in the Titanic anyway.
Now that I’m older, I am more interested in the Titanic then I am the overblown love story between Rose and Jack. I think the visual effects of the sinking, the panic and the people are more interesting and visually, very well done.
I understand that Cameron did change some things for the sake of drama rather then historical accuracy, which I find a little strange considering the amount of effort he apparently went to make it real and all the research he apparently did. Certain real historical people were made to look bad or worse when it wasn’t necessary. I can’t say I now too much about the history so I can’t comment in any detail.
The sinking of the Titanic you would have thought carried enough drama as it was, without having to pile on more Hollywood hyperbole. Take for example Rose’s fiancé, Cal and his psychopath of a henchman who surprise, surprise is English like all evil henchmen are supposed to be. What was the point precisely of having Cal chasing after Rose and Jack firing his gun off whilst the Titanic was sinking all around them?
The dialogue is occasionally clunky and the whole romance story just a little cliché and over-baked. Cameron would have made a far better film had he concentrated on the actual events and people on the ship. What I did enjoy was the scenes with people panicking and trying to get on the lifeboats, the band which continued to play, the bravery of many people who helped their women and children and resigned themselves to a watery graves. The terrible elitism between the first and third class passengers.
I liked that Ioan Grufford played Howe, the only man to take his lifeboat back to look for survivors. It was like seeing Hornblower reincarnated. I knew I always liked him. I wish they’d shown Mrs Brown not taking any of Quartermaster Hitchen’s rubbish. Unlike in the film when she just sat down and shut up after he shouted her down, she’d taken control of the boat and kept the spirits up of the passengers on board as well as trying to go back to look for survivors.
Despite these criticisms, it is still an enjoyable film. It really does make you feel as if you are there on the ship as it sinks and since watching it the film has haunted me for days. I can’t stop thinking about all those poor people screaming and struggling to stay alive until the last possible second. It also inspired me to look up the real stories of people on board.
I’d say it is worth going to see it in 3D, if you feel like sitting through a 3 hour cheesy love story whilst wearing clunky 3D glasses. It keeps you awake at least and James Horner’s soundtrack always hits my mushy spot.