You’re going to need a bigger boat!
DIRECTOR: Steven Spielberg
STARRING: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss
SCREENPLAY: Peter Benchley ,Carl Gottlieb
RUNTIME: 124 mins
★★★ 3 Stars
What can I say about Jaws that hasn’t already been said a thousand times in the last 44 years. There is a reason that this is considered a classic. It won 3 oscars and as on pretty much every ‘Greatest movie ever made’ list that I have ever read. So what made this film so iconic?
If you have been under a rock for the last 45 years, Jaws is about a small holiday town on an island somewhere on the east coast-ish area of the US. This town is being plagued by a giant shark and the chief of police not only has to deal with a man eating fish, but with politicians that don’t want to risk loosing the town’s summer income in order to deal with the problem.
It is pulse-pounding, nerve shredding tension right from the start. And there probably isn’t a film aficionado left on earth who doesn’t know John Williams famous score for this film. That serves as a way of really dialling up the suspense. And what is so great about this, is that it does all of this without you actually ever getting a good look at the shark. That is left entirely up to your imagination, as all good scary movies should be. That way you are naturally inclined to imagine the worst thing you can think of. Which in a film like this, means you get all the scares with none of the expensive CGI bills.
The acting isn’t always the best, the brief glimpses of the shark we do get make it obvious that the thing is basically just a stuffed puppet, and it isn’t exactly the fastest paced but it IS a classic and one that every film fanatic should see at least once for sure.
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