It is impossible to believe that there would still be any souls out there who wouldn't have seen 'Titanic' till now. 'Once a classic, always a classic' could well be an adage reserved for experiences like this, which only end up become all the more enticing when a filmmaker like James Cameron decides to bring it back in 3D. Results, as expected, are there to be seen though one must have to admit that even without this technical wizardry at play, the film stays on to be as magical, as heart-warming and as tear inducing as ever before.
It is indeed heartening to see that an initiative like this has been taken, even though from a core commercial standpoint, to bring the film back in theaters. This means that as an audience, it is time for audience to join the journey of Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet). As they fall in love, as an audience you fall in love with their young-n-innocent charm even though being fully aware of the fact that the two were never destined to meet. Still, it is the truth and honesty in their emotions that makes you root for them all over again even as Titanic moves forward in it's destination of an eventual disaster.
Nevertheless, despite a sad ending ahead, what fills your heart with love and warmth are those countless heartfelt emotional moments that bring tears in your eyes even as smiles are plastered for most part of the first half of this over three hour long film. Leonardo winning his prized ticket and stepping aboard Titanic, his happiness at being the king of the world as he marches forward to the tip of the ship, that sequence with Kate where he saves her life, the numerous sweet nothings exchanged between them as they get closer and then ultimately the confession of being 'involved' - well, love is back in air again.
Meanwhile what also catches your attention is the fact that despite the film being an old fashioned love story that never fails, what with a scheming fiancĂ©, his trusted aide, a mother who wouldn't let go of her daughter, a youngster who would give away his own life for the sake of his love, a girl who trusts the stranger enough to run away with him despite the class and social difference, the tentativeness when it comes to physical proximity and the element of sheer togetherness when a hint of love making unfolds on screen, you just want your 'heart to go on'.
The 3D element does play a major role in igniting the affairs all over again as well, what with sheer enormity of Titanic being huger than ever before. Vision of James Cameron was anyways huge enough and when it makes an appearance in 3D, you can well see how the film was perhaps made for such cinematic experience. The sound design is enhanced as well that only makes one believe that the film was never dated at all. The music too is fresh as ever that further engages you in the proceedings.
What makes your forget your popcorn and keep you totally glued on screen is the last 80-90 minutes of the film when the disaster starts unfolding in front of your eyes. You know the ship won't survive, you know that the fight for survival has only one possible result, you know that the time is running out and you know that there won't be any help round the corner. Still, you hope, and well - just about hope, that a miracle may happen and this love story of Jack and Rose may enjoy a happy ending.
Now that's what makes 'Titanic' special all over again because even though you weep all over again, you just hope that next time around when James Cameron brings a newer version of 'Titanic', he may just have a surprise in store for the audience and send them back home with a smile on their face but no tear in the eye. It may just be a tad less emotional for some but for many out there (like me), it would most definitely be far more heart warming and satisfying.
That half star is reserved for that possible outcome. Will James Cameron oblige?