Small moments big in 3D ‘Titanic’
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in 'Titanic' (Handout)
James Cameron's Titanic was always BIG, as well as lush, melodramatic, romantic, thrilling and tragic. Now the 1997 epic is even bigger, thanks to a 3D conversion.
Does bigger mean better? I think not. The only advantage this technical trick offers is that Titanic is back on the big screen Wednesday. Anyone who already loves the movie, yet has never seen it in a legitimate theatre, can now experience it on a grander scale.
I imagine parents taking children born since 1997 for an outing. Meanwhile, people who always hated Titanic and its "King of the World" posturing can still boycott Cameron's excesses.
The odd thing about 3D conversions is that they work best for animations such as The Lion King. With Titanic, the conversion is even more odd than expected. Action-adventure scenes -- especially the sinking of the ship -- are not enhanced. Those scenes looked great in 1997 and still do (except that the bow-riding sequence looks soft and grainy). But no action scene packs more punch.
Instead, 3D works best in intimate moments: Leonardo DiCaprio painting the sensuously naked Kate Winslet; her comforting him in the still ocean waters, under the stars, after the sinking. As Titanic sails again, it is a 3D paradox.