DRAMA; 3hr 15min
STARRING: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet
Unsinkable: DiCaprio and Winslet
Even if splashy epics aren’t your jumbo box of popcorn, film-maker James Cameron sure knows how to put on an enduring show. Fifteen years down the celluloid track, the 2012 re-release in 3-D of his weepie-whammy Titanic — which coincides with the 100th anniversary of the liner’s sinking in the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912, after hitting an iceberg on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York — wears its age uncommonly well.
As you’d expect from the man behind Avatar, the 3-D treatment is just-picked fresh, yet with a resonance that only the passage of time can give it. “King of the World” DiCaprio and a dewy Winslet now seem heart-tuggingly young as fated lovers Jack and Rose. Captured by Cameron with creamy immediacy, their performances are compelling, too, especially with so much of their lives still before them. I wasn’t entirely sold on the hearts-and-flowers the first time around, but with nostalgia-added value (and 15 years of exposure to indifferent-to-terrible films), this colossal trip has grown in the telling.