I just got home from screening Titanic 3D and all I have to say is WOW.
I am a huge Titanic fan. Back in the day I had one of the most popular fansites (Collide With Destiny) and still contribute to Back to Titanic which my friend still runs. I honestly wasn’t sure going in how I would feel about it. Would things change? There were rampant rumors that things had been edited. I knew he wouldn’t mess with the storyline too much but still… Then there is the 3D. Generally, I’ve never been a big fan. I end up with a headache and nothing really wows me. I was excited to see one of my all-time favorite movies return to the big screen but I was apprehensive about the treatment of it.
I shouldn’t have worried.
I was one of the lucky ones that managed to snag a pass for the Valentine’s Day screening online a couple weeks ago. The site was terrible and was totally bogged down but I persevered and secured my tickets. Keep in mind they were free which was even more awesome! You could have two people per person which was even better. The night before I saw online that they were expecting a full house and I was worried that our projected arrival of around an hour before may be cutting it too close but there wasn’t anything I could really do. We walked into the theater and the local radio stations were there doing giveaways and prizes. When walking into the theater the movie was in, they handed you a boarding pass (to get in and out), a voucher for a drink/popcorn and Titanic themed 3D glasses. Every 50th person got selected to have a sketch done by an artist. There was a string band playing at the front of the theater and people were dressed up in Titanic like costumes. On the way out of the theater we were each handed a Titanic themed swag bag with a Titanic t-shirt, a mini-poster with some coupons in it. It was pretty impressive!
The movie itself was awesome. It’s been so long since I’ve seen it on the big screen (the last time may have been Valentine’s Day 1998) and I forgot how much more amazing it is to see at that size. Since almost everything is in 3D there were lots of bits and pieces that were new or new-to-me. I found myself watching the scenes that were going on behind the main scenes more than the actual storyline. I found myself captivated by things and people that would have originally been blocked/partially obscured by the original 2D shot. It was just awesome to see. I wish I could sit and go over every awesome scene that was almost new-to-me with the 3D but I’ll stick to the highlights.
The scene that wowed me the most is probably one that others wouldn’t have paid attention to but the lunch scene was done amazingly well. The beams of light shooting through the cafe were amazing and the breaks in the light when people walked through the beam were what sold it. Maybe since I am a photographer the light grabbed me the most but regardless it was a splendid scene! Much of the rest of the scenes were similar – just enough 3D to make you say, “wow” quietly to yourself but nothing that made you duck and cover. I will say that the more crowded the scene, the harder it was to focus as things got blurry.
The sinking was just was amazing as one would think it would be. It’s a whole new dimension with the 3D added – although I as prior in the movie when things got moving often things got a bit blurry. Still, it really made you feel like you were right there with them – especially when you’d be in the POV from the water looking at the ship. You also got more of a feel for the depth of the water as things were submersing into the water and being 3D you could gauge JUST how deep the water was and how fast it was coming at you. I think the most impressive shot in the sinking scene though was the boat returning at the end. You really felt like you were in the water with the bodies. Creepy and cool.
I definitely give this two thumbs up! I wasn’t sure what I’d think of it not being a normal fan of 3D but I loved it. I can’t wait until the full release so I can see it again. I may give the IMAX a whirl this time to see what the difference would be between that and the RealD 3D.
P.S.: The ONLY downside to the entire experience was this group of morons in front of us. There was about 8 or so people that all came together. After the movie started the Mom handed out bags of chips so for the first portion of the movie I couldn’t see the bottom of the screen because the kid in front of me had the bag raised above her head eating the chips out of it like it was a cup. Then after that finally stopped the two girls on the end (caddy corner to me) were texting each other for the whole movie. It was so.rude. I haven’t been to a theater in a while and I just wanted to smack the kids and their Mom. I’m still not sure how she managed to get that many tickets since the max was 2 but beyond that, tell your kid to put the damn cell phone away in the theater. You don’t need to sit and text through the whole movie. The bright screen was so distracting and I know I sound like a grump but there you have it. I was so excited for this and while it didn’t ruin the experience it was definitely annoying.
P.P.S: PLEASE VOTE FOR ME AS TITANIC’S BIGGEST FAN! That would make me the QUEEN of the world! ha!