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Movie Review : Titanic 3D

Titanic 3D

Director : James Cameron

Producer : James Cameron, Jon Landau

Artists (Cast) : Leonardo Dicaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Frances Fisher, Gloria Stuart, Bill Paxton, Kathy Bates, Danny Nucci, Bernard Hill, Victor Garber, Eric Braeden

Music Director : James Horner

Friday, April 6, 2012 11:00:40 AM (IST) | Anaam, Bollywood Trade Editorial


TITANIC 3D opened in India on Thursday 5th April, 2012, with premium ticket rates. If we go by the attendance in morning shows, it should be a bumper weekend for the reissue of an old film in its 3D avatar. It may even be the first choice of a section of the weekend audience that may marginally affect HOUSEFULL 2 business in metros and multiplexes.
The original TITANIC was released in 1997 and since then a new generation of cinema lovers has taken centre stage. The little kids of the period have grown into young thinking adults who can appreciate a romantic tale and its nuances better. The film looks huge, epical, and spectacular in comparison with the popular rom-coms of today and thus is a rare treat.
However, the addition of the third dimension has hardly improved its original aura and grandeur. It is like re-launching a popular soap brand like Rin by repackaging it as Super Rin. The 3D novelty works in a limited way for the first ten or fifteen minutes and then peters out as you are immersed totally in this 194 minutes saga of romance, longing, and human tragedy. It proves beyond doubt the hypotheses that it’s the story that matters in cinema while technical wizardry plays a limited supporting role.
It is an old story being retold and the third dimension does not succeed in camouflaging the obvious flaws of the original. They get more pronounced in fact. For instance, the entire climax sequence stays problematic and contrived. You feel as let down as 15 years ago. The trademark traces of Hollywood fakery and the palpable craftiness of the film’s screenplay reappear and stare you in the face with greater clarity and force.
The sequence where Rose (Kate Winslet) looks for Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) on lower decks of Titanic, finds him, breaks his handcuff with an axe to free him, and their attempts to save themselves amidst the moments of great panic and confusion is badly acted and banal and even ludicrous. Their strange encounter with Caledon Nathan (Billy Zane), Rose's fiancé, is a shoddily integrated plot to pass on the ‘Ocean’s Heart’ necklace to Rose, since it’s the centerpiece motif of the story. It does not fit well with the tragic events taking place on the sinking ocean liner.
When people say TITANIC was more of a Bollywood movie, I agree as well as disagree. I agree that the film has an ‘over-simplistic’ romantic track reminiscent of many Bollywood films. At the same time I feel Bollywood storytellers would probably have treated the climax differently and made it a great cathartic and dramatic experience for the audiences. However, most of them don’t care for authenticity and detailing. They hide their mediocrity and lethargy behind the flimsy façade of cinematic license.
In spite of this, the idea of grand filmy romance lives on with this film. The story of a poor, itinerant young street painter falling in love with the young, beautiful, very British and lively fiancée of a rich guy amidst portents of an impending doom stays as engaging and bewitching as ever. Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio were perfectly cast in their roles. The humongous box office success of this disaster film could be attributed to the magic created by the pair and to the director of the film James Cameron who is known to go into microscopic details of whatever he does. This pays off. However, converting the original film into 3D and reissuing it worldwide seems more of a business decision and not an artistic challenge or feat.
The film deserves 4 stars for its epical sweep, the magical chemistry between the lead pair, detailed direction, and enduring charisma.

Rating - 4/5
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