As the rest of the country waits for the re-release of Titanic in 3D, (to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on April 15th, 2012), I was one of the lucky few that saw the preview screening on February 14th, 2012 at the Chermside Multiplex Cinema in Brisbane.
It was an appropriate film for this special day for lovers as the film showcased the enduring love between two young lovers whose love affair was doomed for failure, through no fault of their own. For me, it was interesting, exciting and more meaningful to see Titanic this time round. I saw the film when it was originally released in 1997 and even then, it made a huge impact on me.
Titanic is an American epic romance and disaster film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. A fictionalised account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, it stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson, Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt Bukater, Gloria Stuart as Old Rose, and Billy Zane as Rose's fiancé, Cal Hockley.
Jack and Rose are members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage. The scene I remembered well was the image of Kate Winslet and Leonardo di Caprio as they stood together, one behind the other on the railing of the ship with the wind blowing in their faces. The song "My Heart Will Go On" is my all time favourite and reminds me of that scene every time I hear the song.
I found the film even more memorable and meaningful as the 3D effect made it so realistic in the sense that I felt like I was actually part of the action. The sensation of being at the centre of things made everything more poignant. The scene where the water was lapping up the neck of Jack while he was chained to a beam, unable to escape and Rose was desperately trying to break the lock with a hammer was enough to give me heart failure. I felt as if I should be helping somehow and yet also wanting to escape, as I felt I was actually in that room and floating in the water with them.
The other most heartbreaking part was the feeling of being part of the bobbing heads of people in the vast Atlantic Ocean, almost able to feel the cold and the despair. I am most definitely going to see this film again when it is released to the general public in April and this time, I will see it in Gold Class.