Inspired by the 1985 discovery of the Titanic in the North Atlantic, the contemporary storyline involves American treasure-seeker Brock Lovett (Bill Paxton) retrieving artifacts from the submerged ship.
Inspired by the 1985 discovery of the Titanic in the North Atlantic, the contemporary storyline involves American treasure-seeker Brock Lovett (Bill Paxton) retrieving artifacts from the submerged ship. less
“Even though it's a little lengthy, The 3D graphics make the already brilliant movie absolutely amazing! Don't miss it for the world!”
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James Cameron could be the most hated man on the streets of Sunset Boulevard.
Not only his resume flaunts some astronomically enviable titles, the man mints money because his pictures' are the hallways where arthouse sensibilities flirt with mainstream melodrama.
Quite unlike the maniacally ambitious films' rolled out by a certain Michael Bay, who must be hated for reasons totally mechanical.
When the most epic tragedy - a giant boa constrictor of a vessel colliding with an iceberg , less than a third of its size, which fatally shatters the expedition of 2,500 passengers and separates eternally, an epic romance between two great lovers - comes sailing again in the now infamously glorified 3D, you do not have to look any further.
Just put on those shades and come aboard the doomed ship.
For Cameron's tale is not only a vividly-detailed, if imaginary, documentation of the 1912 tragedy, but also a brilliant reflection of the socio-economic class divide among the demarcated echelons of the society.
In one fine scene, Billy Zane's despicable Cal comments to Jack, "I always win. Either ways." The expression with which Leonardo Di Caprio's reverts, itself qualifies him to have been a potential candidate at the Academy Awards, 1997 (Although Kate Winslet was nominated, Caprio wasn't. In hindsight, it looks like an awful error)
Caprio is the quintessential free-bird with the philosophy of "making each day count", while Rose is trapped with the pretentious elites who banter in pseudo-philosophy, revel in their own shallow thoughts and find it hard to appreciate the artistry of Pablo Piccasso. In Jack (the poor-witty chap who sketches well), she finds the kind of solace she knew existed but couldnt find the medium to attain it. He is enamoured by the royalty with acquired mannerisms and becomes the catalyst that would get her rid of burgeoning frustration whilst never letting her go. Its an archetypal setting of the poor-rich girl meeting the honest-poor guy.
What isnt archetypal is the tragedy that it runs parallel with.
Cameron incorporates the sweeping saga with the ill-fated ships American expedition and having converted now in 3D, an entire generation which didnt get to see the picture on the big screen gets an opportunity which shouldnt be missed.
The 3D here is meticulously rendered and the technique gives a turbo-boost to a film which already broke new grounds in film-making when it first released. It is surprising how fantastically it has stood the test of time as most shots in the film like the massiveness cutting through the ocean waters of dancing dolphins seem better than what Cameron did in 2009s Avatar.
Although the film, undeniably, is a technological marvel with its impossible cinematography and production designs, it is also the overwhelming themes of love, loss, tragedy and grief which work unanimously in the films favour adding a robust emotional appeal to the classic method of story-telling.
Thus, it is ironic that the films core lies in its very triumph blind faith and sheer arrogance in technology and sailing with the stupid belief of standing tall against nature.
Kate Winslet and Leonardo Di Caprio, even with those corny lines, gave performances which would launch them into mega-stars of the coming decade. It is an altogether different experience to watch these lush actors in their ripe, considering how far they've reached today.
Do not miss this film. It is a treasure worth going back. Again and again.
PS. In a post 9/11 scenario, the ship splitting in two as passengers on-board leap to their deaths, the imagery is strikingly familiar and consistently creepy.