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.
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.
4 1/2 out of 5 stars. Watching Jaws for the first time in several years was like seeing it for the first time. Period. The scene with the first daytime attack was a work of editing genius and the chemistry between Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss alone carried the last hour. And Shaw's Indianapolis monologue was beautiful. One of the few movies that makes me want to watch it every time I think about it.
While the ostinato notes are what everyone knows, William's score during the boat chase is one of the most rousing and adventurous pieces he's composed which means that its also one of the most rousing and adventurous scores ever.
One of the first scary films I ever saw. Watched it on television when i was in 1st Grade. Dad let us watch it much to Mom's annoyance.