The Royal Albert Hall, not a name you think of when there is a movies premiere but upon entering the auditorium it becomes apparent why it was chosen for the Titanic 3D world premiere.
It is a warm and sunny evening in Kensington as I approach the red carpet, walking past the cameras and catching a glimpse of the adoring fans that have waited hours for their screen idols. The walk takes me past Kate Winslet, star of the movie, who is in conversation with the press, as well as a few of the other supporting cast and celebrities in attendance.
Upon entering the screening we are treated to a live feed from the red carpet, watching as the stars of the movie make their way towards the venue, stopping briefly for photos and signatures with the fans who line the barriers.
This is my first visit to the Royal Albert Hall and I am overwhelmed with the venue, the screen set up on the stage looks impressive. On the stage, seats and instruments are set up for an orchestra, giving a hint of why the venue has been chosen for this premiere. After the activity outside finishes, TV presenter Alex Zane takes the stage (why anyone pays this guy for anything is beyond me!).
We are introduced to Oscar winning composer of Titanic, James Horner and are treated to an exclusive reworking of the original score. This was very special, the music was magical and he quickly had the attention of every person in the room.
After a brief break for the orchestra to clear the stage, we are greeted by, among others, James Cameron (who has only arrived a few hours earlier after his trip to the bottom of the Marianas Trench), Kate Winslet and Billy Zane. James Cameron gives a short introduction to the movie, the lights begin to dim and the 3D glasses are positioned on everyone’s heads.
The story of a romance that shouldn’t be between a first class passenger (Kate Winslet) and a third class passenger (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a modern classic known throughout the world. To date, it’s the second highest grossing movie of all time.
Through the main part of the movie as we watch life on board the ship, the 3D effect offers some depth to the shots, but is not really that noticeable. It is when the disaster hits the ship that the 3D really becomes apparent, with the gushing water breaking through the ship looking much more real than on a normal 2D screening of the movie, as the ships breaks apart and people scramble to the higher decks we are able to get a better understanding of the scale of the ship and the lengths the people who are still on the ship went to try and survive what is still one of the worst maritime disasters.
The passing years since I last saw this film have indeed changed my opinion on the film as I didn’t find the movie as dull and the additions of the 3D does work.
A round of applause greeted the ending of the, which I am sure, would have made James Cameron feel that his labour of love converting this movie to 3D was worthwhile.
In summary the film will remain a classic and the die-hard fans will flock to see this.