Big boat blues
Direction: James Cameron
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet
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.
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.