Another film that spawned a new genre, Jaws started two extremely influential things, The blockbuster, and the shark movie. That being said, only one of those really matters, considering all shark movies are just copies of Jaws. However, the blockbuster is something that has impacted films over the years in a major way. If not for Jaws, Cinema would be very different now.
Jaws is quite simply the advent of the summer blockbuster. What Spielberg managed to create with the budget and issues surrounding the film is nothing short of a masterpiece. Williams creates a fantastic score and the use of the shark is brilliant. This movie has caused many to stay out of the water...
A barrel scene that drags and occasionally inappropriate cheerful music are major flaws in otherwise greatest shark movie of all time. Main theme brings menace and hostility in every frame, making each scene powerful for the lifetime. Scheider, Dreyfuss and Shaw might be the greatest cinematic trio there ever was - the latter brings performance for cinema history. And the shark never looked so great before and after
CINEMA, restored, 2K Digital _ Rewatch on big (giant) screen and it might well be the best Spielberg of all. Young Steven is not yet saturating everything with over the top emotions and the last 30 minutes are just mind blowing. The music of John Williams and the flair of some rest of the New Hollywood will do the rest. Tourneur used to inspire the same fear with an almost invisible animal : very cinematic.
First viewing ever, and in a cinema! There's not enough appreciation for the comedy - this is a horror comedy. Its themes seem to have evolved in time, giving it a weird xenophobic POV (darkly, the xenophobics win). Williams includes some unfitting elements, and the foreground lighting is sometimes odd, but its cast, dialogue (first half is chaos, packed with background noise) and seasick visual compositions shine.
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.
A simple, yet timeless "evil shark" attacks people on the beach movie - a modern monster movie version of "Moby Dick" but with a shark instead of a white whale. The film started Spielberg's career as the major man of box office films and it was a deserved success helped by it's excellent casting of it's three male leads and John Williams epic soundtrack.
One of my favorite movies about one of my favorite things; sharks! I could go on and on about this film, but to save for the amount of space we have, this film would be nothing without its editing. The shark worked for a total of ten minutes and the rest is just the use of shots from the point of view of the shark as well as stock footage and yet it still terrified 6 year old me and made my older self fall in love.