Rewatched Apr 07, 2012
The 3D is a gimmick, sure, but it works here in that it adds a new layer of intrigue to a film that has grown too familiar from rewatches. May also be that it was a return to a theatrical experience, whatever it was I have not been so fully immersed at the movies in a long while, the three hour runtime never lagged. People sobbed and applauded and everything about the film feels just as effective and fresh as when it first came out (Celine Dion only belts it out as I am on my way out of the theater so that bit of schmaltz I can forgive). Years of backlash and the haze of VHS quality have done a disservice to this event movie, when shown properly it has a real magic to it. Cameron directs the hell out of that ship, and I am sorry, but the love story, while superficial harlequin, still has enough of an emotional resonance to lift it above the fray. Watching it this time I was struck at how good young Dicaprio is in this film, and Kate Winslet holds her own better than I remembered. And Billy Zane, come on, whatever happened to this great character actor?