The sinking of the Titanic is one of the saddest tragedies in history, and if there is any movie that represents this tragic event it is the 1958 “A Night to Remember” – not James Cameron’s “Titanic”.
Fifteen years ago Cameron unleashed the over budgeted, over long and badly written “Titanic”, where cheesy implausible love story literally drowns the movie – it’s all about jack and Rose. Well, if you didn’t like it the first time round, I can guarantee you won’t like it the second time. Oh yes, you heard right. Mr. Cameron is releasing this “epic” in 3D to mark the 100 anniversary of Jack and Rose, sorry, the Titanic.
Now, maybe it’s just me, but isn’t this wrong? Who wants to watch “Titanic” in 3D? Isn’t the point of 3D to make you feel like you’re in the movie, so why would you want to feel you were on a sinking ship, unless you’re suicidal? What’s next “Saving Private Ryan” in 3D? Let’s be honest here, “Titanic” is hardly a feel good movie, so you’re not going to be walking out the cinema saying “Wasn’t that jolly good?” You’re going to come out feeling like you survived the “Titanic” and you watched hundreds of people die. We’re in financial crisis, everyone is depressed, I could be wrong, but I don’t think this is the movie the doctor ordered.
The only entertaining factor of this movie being re-released in 3D, is that to cheer yourself up, you can spend all three hours spotting the anachronisms and they are in 3D so they will stand out even clearer than before. One of my favourite “Titanic” anachronisms is the world map on the wall of the radio room shows countries with present-day borders. Yay! Way to go Cameron!
I think what bothers me the most about Cameron´s “Titanic” isn´t the pathetic “I´m the King of the World” theme throughout the movie, it’s the fact that it cost around $200 million to make but there is no atmosphere, there is no feeling. It’s just a bunch of noddies bobbing around in a large pool of luke warm water – all the special effects take over, while the actual story of the Titanic sinks.
If you want to watch a movie about the Titanic, then watch the 1958 “A Night to Remember”. It is a more genuine, authentic, touching and historically accurate version and far better, but you´ll need a bath towel not a box of tissues. Cameron totally wasted a fantastic opportunity to make a brilliant movie about the Titanic, a film that could have surpassed all previous efforts, instead he devised a storyline totally entrenched in Hollywood love-story stereotype.
I find it rather distasteful of Mr. Cameron to take advantage of the 100th anniversary of this tragic disaster, to re-release “Titanic” in 3D and cash in. Shame on you, Mr. Cameron.
By Amy Thomas