The first time I ever saw Titanic was when it released in 1997. I personally don’t know what my parents were thinking when they took me and my brother along, but I was five and I still remember being enthralled by this epic movie.
Going back to the theater to witness it again was a trip back to my childhood. I remember viewing the Oscars that next year and watching patrons of the film go up eleven times to receive awards for their individual roles. I got older, and it became sort of a guilty pleasure as criticisms rained on the film and on James Cameron. So I can’t say honestly that I remained a true fan throughout the years. However, I can admit that upon hearing that it was going to be re-released on the tragedy’s one hundredth anniversary, I was more than ecstatic. I marked my calendar and anxiously anticipated the day I could venture back to Titanic again.
My expectations were unfortunately shot down. Now, I am not too stingy when it comes to paying for movies, especially when it comes to the Huntington 7, where the tickets are already cheaper than they are back home. I did feel a little cheated when I payed extra for 3-D and received what I got in the auditorium. I don’t know exactly what I had expected, but when I forgot that I was watching a 3-D film, it became all too clear that this was nothing different than watching it in my room. I was still watching the same movie that I had “secretly” seen hundreds of times in my living room back home. I was sitting there thinking, “Did I really pay eight bucks to see this?”
I have nothing against the movie. On the contrary, I absolutely admire the amount of work, effort and time that went into the making of this film. It truly is a beautiful film. Cameron found a story and a tragedy that he could marry to turn into a fantastic movie of epic proportions. So, would I suggest going to see this movie in the theaters? No. Don’t waste your money on that. Just watch it again, or if you are a secret fan like me (well not so secret anymore) watch it late in the night while your roommate is asleep. It’s worth seeing again if it’s been a while.