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you jump, i jump

So I just watched Titanic in 3D with my cousin, and it was like paying twelve dollars to get punched in the soul.

I'm not kidding. The last time I saw the whole movie I was probably 12 or 13. I saw it in the theater, and we had the video, but after the first time I basically watched it up until the ship hits the iceberg and then turned it off. Shallow teen me had the right idea.

The first half is nice and fun and kinda cheesy--Leo and Kate are surprisingly good, even if the dialogue is sometimes hilariously awful. And Bill Paxton with that earring--what are you doing, you should be chasing tornadoes!

And then there's the iceberg, and it's so. Goddamn. Upsetting. As a tween, I was all "Oh, Leo's dreamy! Their-love-is-so-tragic-omg!" And now all of the actual tragedy comes up and punches you in the face. There's just so much that I never picked up on--the baker on the keel (who was real! and survived!), Rose's maid almost making it into the boat, the fact that Rose let her mother think she'd died...

The 3D is not gratuitous, which I really thought it would be. There was one brief angle where the keel is rising up and you can see the railing and the sea below and the perspective was actually kind of dizzying.

It was intense and cathartic and I'm glad I went, but I'm okay waiting another five or ten years before I watch it again. I am just kind of drained now.

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