If you haven’t already figured it out, I love all things Titanic and it started (obviously) with the 1997 movie. That movie led to other movies that led to books, a Titanic Exhibit, and you know the rest. So it should be no surprise that on Saturday, April 14th, 2012 (the day of the centennial) my best friend Button and I went to see Titanic 3D.
The 3D experience was – okay. I’m not a big fan of 3D anyway but withTitanic it neither added nor deterred from the experience. I honestly can’t even remember where the 3D was placed. The picture quality was absolutely phenomenal as was the sound and basically everything else!
I absolutely loved returning to Titanic – I felt a little bit like Old Rose. The magic was still there, the romance obviously, and of course the tragedy. I probably saw this movie eight times in theaters (the first time around) and it was the first movie I went to by myself (my parents got sick of taking me). I have the two tape VHS set as well as the DVD collector’s disc. But there was something about watching it again on the big screen (as an adult) that was as if I was watching it for the first time. I cried, I gasped, I screamed, and I laughed (not in that order). When the water came rushing in I shut my eyes and squeezed Puffer’s hand (best friend). It was … for lack of a better word … completely magical (again).
As an adult, there were a few things I noticed that I never noticed before. The writing was a bit corny in places (“I’m King of the World” – really?). Rose was a bit of a snot. There was definitely room for two on that stupid door.
Kate is absolutely gorgeous as well. People have called her “curvy” in the past but she really is just a beautiful person. I’ll be honest – her um…chest was the first I had seen besides breast feeding and as a middle schooler I wasn’t so much concerned with the chest part but I do remember thinking: “That’s what beautiful is.” I didn’t grow up worrying about being a stick figure because that’s not what I thought beauty was. Today we call her “curvy” and we (especially younger children) idolize stick figure women. I’m so thankful that I was able to grow up with Kate’s image in my mind when I thought of the perfect body and of true beauty.
Another realization that I had, that I assume most people won’t agree with me on, is Cal. Okay, before he went crazy and (you know) tried to kill her, was he really THAT bad? I know, I know … maybe it’s just my age catching up with me or maybe it’s the fact that I like to think the guy who didn’t get the girl because he wasn’t poor or adventurous (think Mr. Wesley in Becoming Jane) was just as deserving. Again, I realize that his actions suggest otherwise. But BEFORE he went crazy and possessive, he seemed like an okay guy. I think he cared for her (on some level) and I think he would have taken care of her and given her a great life. I know, I know! You’re thinking “Reagan! WTF!” I don’t even know how to explain my whole thought process – but that’s what I thought of especially during the beginning of the movie: “I could learn to love him.” And I know today the idea of learning to love someone is unheard of, but then I don’t think so. Anyway… just something I thought of.
Also – didn’t catch on when I was a kid that she was only 17. Or maybe I did and I just didn’t have a grasp on what normal 17 year olds looked like.
Finally, my last realization. Did Old Rose die at the end? As the camera pans out and you go from Rose sleeping in her bed to all of the photographs – is that referring to Jack saying that she’ll die an old lady in her bed? Is that why the camera returns to a new Titanic and all of the perished great her including Jack? OMG! I didn’t get that when I was a kid at all! I totally figured she was dreaming!
That’s basically it. I am so glad I had the opportunity to go on the centennial. I missed out on the Live Tweets because Button was ill and I ended up taking her to the ER after the movie (another story for another day). Much like the first experience with Titanic was a moment I’ll never forget, this second experience was just as unforgettable.