Holy shit I love this movie. One of those few massive-budget, massive director horror films that really does work on every level. I’d imagine that most of my review will basically be preaching to the choir, and since this is a collection review, it’ll probably be a bit shorter. Anyways, enjoy my thoughts and feelings about Jaws.
When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and grizzled fisherman set out to stop it.
What movies about exorcism steal from The Exorcist, movies about… well… oceanic terror steal from Jaws. There’s so much here that has become iconic in pop culture, and there’s really so much to love about this movie. From the performances, to the tale of woe that was the making of this movie, there’s really a lot to… sink your teeth into. (GET IT?!)
First off, the performances from Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss are fantastic. The trio are insanely likable and relatable in their own ways. Even the kids acting in this one do a pretty good job. Overall, you do get a little bit of the “mid seventies” cheese, and a couple of cliches but it really makes no difference, and the movie just gives you really likable characters.
The effects also don’t show their age as much as you’d expect. The shark looks pretty goofy sometimes, and I’m sure on blu-ray even moreso. However, the lowly DVD copy that I have doesn’t really make anything look too goofy. I love the story of the creation and technical problems with the shark, it really does sound like the thing was a huge hellish beast to manage. However, all of the pain and suffering paid off to create an icon of horror.
The craze that followed this movie was similar to that which followed The Exorcist, with people “afraid to take a shower” after seeing it. It really does make me wish I could have been around at this time when movies like this really were altering the experience people had at the movies.
I love this movie, and again it’s just one of those classic movies everyone needs to see. It’s a whole lot of fun, even all these years later. You can’t go wrong.
FINAL GRADE: A+