starring: leonardo di caprio, kate winslet, billy zane, and kathy bates
REVIEWER: nick tonkin
A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.
James Cameron's momentous film Titanic returns to cinemas, remastered in 3D, to commemorate the film's 25 anniversary.
Titanic is an impressive film for many reasons but especially, now at this anniversary, for how it is just as powerful now as it was on release in 1997. It made superstars of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, held the title of highest grossing film of all time for 13 years and contributed towards James Cameron's place in the pantheon of cinema's greatest.
Titanic's success is well documented; Cameron's vision, perfectionism and incorporation of impressive practical effects instead of a reliance on primordial CGI, all coalesce to form an utterly riveting piece of cinema. However, it is with Winslet's and DiCaprio's performances that Titanic finds it's heart, and what audiences over the last 25 years have engaged so strongly with.
The 3D presentation is ultimately superfluous, but the conversion is pretty decent. The Titanic comes right at you during the descent to the wreck, with fish popping out of the screen as they swim past the camera. At Auckland's IMAX theatre the picture was surprisingly sharp and bright, a great result in a 3D film.
No matter how many times you may have seen Titanic through the years, seeing it at the cinema still provides a wonderful and powerful experience.