I was at the cinema yesterday enjoying some of the trailers before the movie, when they showed the trailer for Titanic 3D. Does the movie remind you something? You can’t have missed it, unless you were living on another planet, it was the second largest blockbusters of all times, back in 1997, with no less than 11 Oscars, Best movie and Best Director. Good for James Cameron will you say!
But I was just unconvinced about issuing it again 15 years later, it is the exact same movie, just that now it’s in 3D. And by the way, yes perhaps we’ll get a nice 3D view of the iceberg or the boat floating on an even sea, but I guess it will be less exciting than being in the forest with the Na’vis.
The trailer seems to be edited with no consistent storytelling… you get pieces in a random order, and it’s not really easy to follow if you don’t know the movie already. Think your child might like seeing the movie for the first time? Well, I doubt she would understand what the story is by watching the trailer. Perhaps it says one thing: this is a trailer for those who already know the movie… hmm.
But more importantly I think that James Cameron is actually shooting himself in the foot by issuing a 3D version of a 15 year-old movie. Why?
He has been such a pioneer and advocate of 3D cinema, ever since the first success with the -then nascent- technology on Avatar. But basically, what Titanic 3D tells is that you don’t need to shoot movies in 3D, you don’t even need to write movies with the specific goal in mind to make them into 3D… because look at Titanic 3D: you can take an old movie, which was shot in a standard way, and make it into 3D just the same!
Or is it the same? Perhaps it is not as good as what would have been done with the aim of 3D in mind from the outset, but the public will never now… and may just think of the next 3D movie: “Oh, 3D is just that same gimmick they used again to try to make the movie interesting…”
What do you think?