Jaws (1975)

Directed by Steven Spielberg

Starring Roy Snyder, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw

A friend of mine posted on his page that today marked the 44th anniversary of the release of the movie Jaws. It is one of the most known films and a true classic. The movie is considered as one of the best films ever made, becoming the highest grossing film of all time until Star Wars was released (Wikipedia, 2019). It is also known as the film that started the term summer blockbuster. I think the campaign for the film was brilliant, I still get chills with the underwater trailer and the narrator saying how you will be afraid of going into the water, brilliant and almost prophetic. 

The plot of the movie is simple, its the story of an island that basically lives off the summer and the tourist, get the unexpected visit of a great white shark. The writer of the novel, Peter Benchley has said in interviews that he just imagined what it would be like to have a shark that just would not go away. The chief of police tries to discover the truth about the shark to warn the authorities to close the beaches. 

The main characters are Chief Brody played by Roy Snyder. He has the hard job of taking care of the people while the authorities refuse to take security measures in fear of losing money because tourist might not visit the beaches of the island. The other character is Hooper, a shark expert played by Richard Dreyfuss, he is the chief ally as he also believes that a huge shark is the one responsible for the attacks. And the other main character is Quint, who offers his services to catch the shark and later reveals he survived the USS Indianapolis. Together they go to try to kill the shark and make the beaches safe again. 

I remember seeing this film a lot as a kid and I admit, it always gave me shark dreams that night that I saw it, but that was because I would see a marathon of the four films. I think what makes Jaws unique is that it is scary, but it feels like an adventure movie that occasionally scares you. The stories of the filming of the film are legendary and proof that sometimes even things not working end up for the best. The famous stories of Bruce the shark not working forced Spielberg to find another way to film scenes until finally it worked. The fact that the shark is not seen until almost half the movie has passed was one of the best things about the movie. Mentally you are already so scared that when the shark finally appears you scream. 

I also recommend the documentary the shark is still working, it takes a great look at the impact of the film and how it was made. I think it included on the Blue Ray of the film. 


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