This ship hasn’t sunk yet
3D rerelease of ‘Titanic’ still impresses students
Val Vita | Collegio Reporter
The sinking of the RMS Titanic in the frozen Atlantic waters 100 years ago reverberated around the world. In 1997, a movie combining the event with a powerful love story became big box office hit. Fifteen years later, the 3D version of “Titanic” was recently released and the love between the main characters still resonates strongly enough to draw people to the movie.
“It’s one of the most perfect love stories ever,” said Aiperi Imankulova, junior in finance. “They met and a couple of days later he gave his life for hers.”
Imankulova was one of several PSU students who attended the Pittsburg premiere of the 3D film on April 4.
“I went because it’s 3D and it’s exciting,” Imankulova said. “It’s not a one-time-to-watch movie.”
Anupam Thakur attended the movie with Imankulova. Thakur says he first watched “Titanic” in India, his home country, the day the movie was released in 1997.
“I wanted to watch it in America,” said Thakur, graduate student in business administration. “And it was absolutely fun.”
Thakur says the 3D version was not that different from the original, but it was worth watching because it is Titanic.
“It’s a special movie,” Thakur said. “It’s tragic; at the same time you see how their love goes on.”
Charley Vecten says the ending of the tragic love story is the reason that made the movie famous.
“I have a theory about Jack and the water (at the end of the movie),” said Vecten, senior in sociology. “He was not obliged to stay in the water because there was a lot more wood available. But I think he was not supposed to survive. That made the end more dramatic.”
Vecten says he was never a big fan of “Titanic,” and he only went to the 3D movie because a friend insisted.
“The 3D version wasn’t different,” Vecten said. “It brought nothing. But it was cool anyway. It was another opportunity to see it on the big screen. Without the 3D, people would have seen it again.”
Emily Dobbs agrees with Vecten. She says she is planning to go to Tulsa, Okla., to watch the 3D version at the Imax.
“I was obsessed with ‘Titanic,’” said Dobbs, a Pittsburg resident. “I’ve probably watched it 20 times. I never get tired of this movie.”
Bruna Pinhoni says she can’t change the channel when “Titanic” is on TV, even though she knows the ending.
“It’s because of the story,” said Pinhoni, senior in criminal justice and international studies. “Their love story makes me cry every time.”
Pinhoni says the 3D version had the same effect, and she always cries at the same part of the movie.
“It’s when the ship’s band starts to play ‘Nearer my God to Thee’ on the deck, with everyone running and screaming,” Pinhoni said. “And then they show how people are just waiting to die in their rooms.”