2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s ill fated voyage. To commemorate this event, James Cameron’s epic 1997 film, which won 11 Oscars and took £2.8m, Titanic, was released on April 6th in 3D and went to number one at the UK box office. Here are 10 reasons to watch Titanic this month.
1. It’s a timeless movie classic: Titanic is an American epic romantic film released worldwide in 1997. It tells the love story of Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) as well as depicting the tragic Titanic disaster as it crashed and sank into the bottom of the ocean. The movie grossed over $1 billion and won numerous awards including 11 Oscars. However more importantly it still remains to this day to be a theatrical classic that will never grow old.
2. It’s in 3D: It was amazing to see the ship’s explosions and extraordinary views before in 1997 but you can only imagine how excited I was to have the chance to view its restored beauty in 2012 with 3D. Though the movie overall is a masterpiece, the last 30 minutes in particular are amazing, sad, tearful, exciting and funny (at times) all at the same time. Now you can now experience the entire film and the famous last moments of the glorious Titanic in 3D, but if 3D is not for you, then you can also see it in 2D as well, you’ll still enjoy if just as much.
3. It takes you on a journey: The three hour movie makes you feel like you’re aboard the Titanic, from the moment it arrives, boards and departs, to the moment it sails, crashes and sinks.
4. It was directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Carmon: Some of you may know him from the phenomenally beautiful Avatar but 12 years before the successful science fiction film, Cameron created the theatrical piece and showcased to the world in all its glory. Costing over $200 million to produced, Cameron has said: “the story could not have been written better” and I couldn’t agree more. Titanic only proves why Cameron is one of the best film makers in history.
5. It was based on a true story: Titanic is a fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, basing its self equally on its maiden voyage as well as the love story between Rose and Jack. RMS Titanic set sail on April 10th 1912 from south Hampton carrying 2,224 passengers and crew. However four days later the Titanic ship hit an iceberg at 11:40pm and sank, killing thousands of people with only around 700 people surviving.
6. Three words… Young Leonardo DiCaprio: Do I really need to elaborate.
7. See the movie everyone was talking about during the 90s: When Titanic came out, it was the film on everyone’s lips. Even though it was a Romanic film, it provided something for everyone; drama, romance, action, history and even a really good villain to hate aka Rose’s fiancé Caledon Nathan “Cal” Hockley played by Billy Zane. I even liked it and I normally hate romantic movies, (I’m more of a comedy – action type movie lover).
8. It will bring back old memories and make some new ones: I remember watching this movie like it was yesterday. I was a little 90s child watching the film on pay per view on cable (ha remember cable). I was in awe and for three hours did not move one bit, even to go and eat, much to my mother’s annoyance. All that was on my mind was Titanic and I couldn’t wait to tell my friends at school about it the next day. I still have those memories and enjoyed reliving them and with Titanic, you will make your own as well.
9. It’s a once in a lifetime experience: Like the great Avatar 3D, Titanic 3D won’t be in the cinemas for much long and unless you have a 3D television or cinema in your living room (lucky), then this would be your only chance to view this phenomenon on the big screen.
10. You’ll never forget it: I’ve actually only seen Titanic once before 3D and remember it exactly. It is a memorable movie that never leaves your mind. Titanic truly stays with you forever, just like the memory of the ship.
You can’t go wrong with this film, whether you were watching it in 1997 or watching it now in 2012. Either way it’s a classic and I am really happy to see it being introduced to a new generation because now they can be even more people in the Titanic fan club.
Titanic is out now in cinemas