Rashid Irani's review: Titanic 3D

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    Kate Winslet looks stunning as she arrives at the Titanic 3D UK film premiere in London on March 27. (AP Photo)

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    Director James Cameron and actors Kate Winslet and Billy Zane pose at the premiere. (AP Photo)

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    James Cameron onstage to address the media. (AP Photo)

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    James Cameron poses for photographers during a press conference. (AP Photo)

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    Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in a still from Titanic.

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    The re-release of Titanic comes after 15 years. (AP Photo)

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    US actor Billy Zane and Jasmina Hdagha smile at each other. (AP Photo)

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    James Cameron, Kate Winslet and Billy Zane arrive at the premiere. (AP Photo)

Big boat blues

Titanic 3D
Direction: James Cameron
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet
Rating: ***1/2

It's been a 100 years since the eponymous luxury liner sank in the North Atlantic ocean after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage to America. Over 1,500 lives were lost.

To commemorate that tragic event, the record-shattering 1997 epic has been re-released, giving a new generation of filmgoers the opportunity to savour the movie on the big screen. 

In keeping with current trends, director James Cameron spent over a year tinkering with conversion to ensure that Titanic is now available for the first time in 3D.

The story of the fateful night of April 1912 adroitly blends historical fact with fanciful fiction. A nonagenarian survivor (Gloria Stuart, charming) recounts her on-board romance as a youth (Winslet as her 17-year-old self) with an impoverished artist (DiCaprio).

The teenage lovers find themselves caught up in a struggle for their lives after the ship strikes the iceberg. The sense of impending doom is ratcheted up during the latter half as passengers and crew attempt to come to grips with the catastrophe.

Kate Winslet sheds clothes for Titanic

If the love story strikes us as somewhat melodramatic, the aquatic devastation still keeps us watching in amazement. Scenes showing the ship virtually splitting into half are feats of visual and sound techno-effects.

The film made mega-stars of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. It also snagged a record-equaling 11 Oscars, including one for Canadian songstress Celine Dion for her rendition of the theme song, "My Heart Will Go On".

Even 15 years after its original release, the big boat romantic weepie is still irresistible.


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