When an insatiable great white shark terrorizes the townspeople of Amity Island, police chief Martin Brody, ichthyologist Matt Hooper and grizzly ship captain Quint, team up for an epic battle of man vs. nature.
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The timeless theme of 'man versus nature' taps into something incredibly primal. Like Moby Dick, the film's generic adventure story becomes a framework for more elemental interpretations specific to the notions of fear, obsession, masculinity, etc. Spielberg's direction owes much to the influence of Hitchcock, but it's the 'Fordian' elements of the script& the well-developed characters that create lasting substance.
Seen in ideal circumstances: Saturday night of 4th of July weekend, with a packed crowd that laughed at each joke, screamed at the floating head, and applauded Shaw's entrance. It still plays like a pivotal link between Old Hollywood and the modern blockbuster, proving how far an imaginative eye can elevate B material. But for the first time, I noticed how cleverly—and classically—it sketches its community.
Essential cinema. Still Speilberg's best film that hasn't lost any of its power over the last 35 years (!). Though it is the film that started summer blockbusters and therefore villified by some one cannot really fault the storytelling or performances here Robert Shaw is just aces here with top notch performances by Scheider and Dreyfuss. Shaw's telling of the Indianapolis sinking still sends shivers up the spine.
I just re-watched this film for the first time in a couple years. I used to think that it was this great masterpiece, but now all I see is mediocrity. There was no character development, most of the music feels forced and out of place aside from the notorious theme, and the scares were merely jump scares that came exactly when expected. The experience was boring! I think in general, I have outgrown Spielberg...
[REVIEW] 87/100 - JAWS (Spielberg, 1975) (4.5)
With the aid of Panavision and Technicolor, Spielberg creates a monumental 70s film bringing together the epic scale of David Lean and the captivating action of Alfred Hitchcock. Jaws grabs you and sinks deep. Though psychological and violent, Jaws is somehow wholesome too, and today it is a household name.
Movies donn´t get much better than this one. Just about everything and the kitchen sink too works like a charm. There is a sense of adventure, wonder and horror in this that blends so well with the acting and writing. Love this!!!