FILM FANS: Our heart goes on with 'Titanic' 3-D

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4 out of 4 stars

It's been 15 years since the ill-fated voyage of "Titanic" first set sail on the big screen. Nothing has changed if we're being honest, at least not in the actual telling of the tale.

There's Rose, the passionate yet imprisoned woman engaged to the dastardly villain Hockley, and Jack, the carefree dreamer who inspires Rose to stand on her own two feet. The message is just as clear: let hope light the way even in the darkest of times. It's a timeless message and it's why this movie serves as a classic masterpiece. We identify with these characters. There's a little of them in each of us.

Where the movie really succeeds, of course, is in the cinematography. I'll be the first to admit I'm not normally a fan of either reissues or 3-D. In this case however, I feel it's justified. It gives us a way to feel even more connected with the characters.

While the script may falter at times, there's no denying that it's a gorgeous movie. With the addition of 3-D, James Cameron has given us an intimacy the original didn't. We feel like we're really there. It's what going to the movies is all about.

-- Ron Adams, Statham

4 out of 4 stars

James Cameron's massive 1997 blockbuster "Titanic," now released in 3-D, is truly not worth the extra money for the 3-D enhancement. That's not to say "Titanic" isn't a wonderful film and a truly great movie, because it is both of those things. "Titanic" 3-D could have been re-released for the 15th anniversary without all the unnecessary gimmicks and hype when the original movie was near perfection.

Starring young Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, "Titanic" is as grand as the seemingly impeccable maiden voyage of ill-fated ship. The costumes and set designs were breathtaking and magnificent. The genius of Russell Carpenter's cinematography is unsinkable in spite of 15 years of incredible film advancements in the area of special effects.

There were some visuals that had a grand impact with 3-D, but I question the use of this enhancement on a previously released movie. Hollywood would do better to save 3-D for original films and not waste valuable time, talent and money on trying to improve on perfection. There just weren't that many 3-D scenes to convince me that 3-D is really necessary.

That being said, I loved seeing "Titanic" again on the big screen, in all its regal beauty.

Please don't mess with my "Titanic" and we'll get along just fine.

-- Myra Simons, Buford

4 out of 4 stars

Fifteen years since the original movie was released and coinciding with the 100th anniversary of its sinking, "Titanic" roars once again on the big screen, this time in 3-D.

Weaving the story of two star-crossed lovers (Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack, Kate Winslet as Rose) into the wider tale of the unfolding disaster itself, James Cameron's film still has what it takes to be a classic. Beautiful cinematography is still the hallmark of this film, with 3-D adding occasional (but not needed) depth and detail not seen in the original. The special effects hold up well over the years, and it's still kind of unnerving to hear the groaning of the dying ship over the Dolby surround sound speakers as it begins its swan song descent to Davy Jones' locker.

While it was fun to see this film in the theaters again, I wasn't that impressed with the 3-D. It certainly didn't enhance my moviegoing experience. My advice: See the film, but save the extra three bucks they want for 3-D.

-- Tim Weekley, Suwanee