Titanic (in 3D) Review | OAS Score – 8.5/10
Review by Variety
This “Titanic” arrives at its destination. A spectacular demonstration of what modern technology can contribute to dramatic storytelling, James Cameron’s romantic epic, which represents the biggest roll of the dice in film history, will send viewers in search of synonyms for the title to describe the film’s size and scope. The dynamic of the central love story, between a brash lad from steerage and an upper-class young lady bursting to escape her gilded cage, is as effective as it is corny, and will definitely help put the picture over with the largest possible public.
This fast-paced three-hour extravaganza, which had its world premiere at the Tokyo Film Festival on Saturday night, is certain to do exceptionally well at the box office, and Paramount’s $60 million investment for U.S. rights on a $200 million-plus production has to be one of the bargain deals of the century. Whether Fox can come anywhere nearer to break-even in the rest of the world than the Titanic did to New York is another matter.
In telling the story of one of history’s most celebrated disasters, the sinking of the White Star Line’s R.M.S. Titanic on her maiden voyage from Southampton on April 15, 1912, Cameron was clearly inspired by the challenge of reproducing the event with a physical verisimilitude and impact inconceivable in the numerous previous film and TV versions of the event.
Review by Washington Post
After all these years, it’s still the same old story:
Iceberg 1. Titanic 0.
But at least James Cameron’s retelling of the haunting catastrophe of April 14 and 15, 1912, has the grace and decency to sound a few new notes even as it derives much of its power from that old mainstay: bad things happening to other people. It’s rich with the secret pleasure of watching a small, posh floating city turn into a gigantic iron coffin and slide headfirst into the deep, taking with it 1,500 of the innocent and not nearly enough of the guilty.
You sit there horrified and yet an ugly worm deep in your brain whispers: Better them than me.
Titanophiles should have plenty to celebrate and plenty to complain about. On the positive side, Cameron expensively re-creates the sinking of the ship in accordance with the latest and best theory, informed by high-tech exploration of the wreck.
Review by The Miami Herald
The only question looming over Titanic 3D, really, is: Does the 3D get in the way? The ever-canny James Cameron has wisely resisted the temptation to tweak the film’s Oscar-winning special effects — one of the 11 Academy Awards the movie won in 1998 — or update the CGI shots of the doomed ship (which, by contemporary standards, occasionally look a little hokey) or add previously deleted footage to slap on a “Director’s Cut” subtitle that would guarantee to sell a few extra tickets.
No, this is exactly Titanic as you remember it — or, more accurately, the Titanic you’ve probably forgotten. The secret weapon of Cameron’s monumental blockbuster — the reason why audiences kept going back to see the movie, eventually buying an astounding $1.8 billion worth of tickets — is that this was a picture truly made for the big screen.