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Titanic anniversary coincides with 3D release

April 20, 2012

“Titanic” has been a fan favorite for many since its release in 1997. It has won countless awards and is a classic movie to many people of our generation. I cannot even begin to tell you how many times I have seen it.

I’ve laughed, I’ve cried and I’ve cringed over and over again. It was rereleased in 3D a couple of weeks ago, and has been a huge hit in the box office once again. I decided to drag my boyfriend to the movie this past weekend, and he actually enjoyed it.

Now one of the major downfalls of seeing a film in 3D is the price of the tickets. Eight dollars a person is already crazy, but add three more dollars for the glasses, and $22 later, plus snacks if you decide to get them, is just plain insane.

Once we were settled into the theatre I felt like a little kid. The previews before the movie started looked really cool in 3D and I was really excited for the actual movie to start. This film exceeded my expectations for sure. There were times during the movie that I actually felt as if I were there. I was there exploring the wreck at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, and I was there on the bow of the ship as it was going down. It was an amazing experience.

At first, like with most films that I see, I was skeptical. Why would theatres want to rerelease a film that did so well the first time around? Well now I understand why.

“Titanic” in 3D was one of the most moving films that I have seen in a while, besides “The Vow” of course. Again, I have seen this movie hundreds of times but I got the chills, and I cried at the very end, something that I haven’t done during the movie in a long time.

After you see a movie more than twice, you sort of desensitize yourself. I thought I had done that with Titanic. Though there was something about seeing it in 3D that brought me back to seeing it for the first time. All of those memories of being 10-years-old and wondering why flooded back to me as I sat and stared at the big screen.

Recently, the 100th anniversary of the sinking occurred and I was on the Internet forever. I was researching who died, who lived, the number of survivors, everything that I could find. I even found The New York Times article from the morning after the disaster. I know it is a little off topic but that is what I do after I see a movie that is based on a true story.

Anyway, there are movies that I see that I have some negative things about but for Titanic, I have nothing but good things to say about it. It was definitely worth the extra money for the 3D experience. It was something that I will never forget. I highly recommend this film to those who want an up close and personal interaction with history

Samantha Harkness is a journalism major at UW-River Falls. She loves reading, writing and watching movies.