Jaws (1975)

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Jaws (1975)
  • Time: 124 min
  • Genre: Adventure | Horror | Thriller
  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw

Storyline:

The peaceful community of Amity island is being terrorised. There is something in the sea that is attacking swimmers. They can no longer enjoy the sea and the sun as they used to, and the spreading fear is affecting the numbers of tourists that are normally attracted to this island. After many attempts the great white shark won’t go away and sheriff Brody, with friends Hooper and Quint decide to go after the shark and kill it.

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  • Jaws is the masterpiece from legendary director Steven Spielberg. It happens to be his first highly successful film and one of the first ‘blockbusters’ ever released. The film is rightly considered a classic due in part to its watershed effect on movies, but also thanks to its intense nature, superb performances and masterful directing by Spielberg.

    The story sees an apparent shark attack in the peaceful island community of Amity. The town’s police chief Brody attempts to shut down the beaches, but the mayor won’t do it as it harms the summer revenue. After the shark causes more chaos Brody attempts to find and kill it with the help of marine biologist Hooper and a grizzled shark hunter named Quint, the three act quickly to stop the shark before it kills anyone else. The story is smartly kept simplistic as it allows the film as a whole to flow easily and it keeps your attention the entire time. The plot is definitely one of the most engaging and interesting of all time, it hardly pauses for breath as it puts now iconic horrifying and thrilling images on screen.

    The cast are all outstanding. Roy Scheider is perfect as the as the anxious Brody. He plays him as a caring person who only wants to keep people safe and the way he interacts with those around him is nicely realistic. It’s an incredibly solid performance. Robert Shaw nearly steals the show as the eccentric and crazed Quint. His ability to be simultaneously funny and terrifying is something to behold, while he gets some great lines too. Richard Dreyfuss is equally great as the easily irritated smartass Hooper. He does a great job of making him rather arrogant, but still being likable enough and intelligent with a sharp wit thrown in. Lorraine Gary does a very good job as Brody’s wife, building a strong connection between the two and making her kindness shine through. Murray Hamilton is brilliant too as the ignorant mayor.

    Jaws is by far one of the best thrillers of all time. Its sheer ability to keep you engrossed at all times is something that not many movies can achieve and it never gets dull. It is always gripping, even the scenes of people talking are interesting. The three leads must be praised too, as the second half is mainly just them and they do a terrific job carrying the film along. The film has so many smart effects like seeing things from the shark’s perspective and the shark itself does like quite realistic. The death scenes are also very impressively done. The film doesn’t hold back on showing someone get ripped apart by the shark and Quint’s fate remains shocking. The action itself is effectively done, the three men out at sea trying to lure the shark in is always highly exciting stuff and the brilliantly executed climax is so intense yet thrilling at the same time. The film is surprisingly funny at times, it has a smart wit and puts in comedy at the right moments. The film is shot very accomplishedly, the scenes on land that are bright and they are corresponded well by the isolated ocean setting. The score by John Williams is now legendary and the main theme remains one of the creepiest ever put to film.

    Jaws is a cinematic classic and one of the most entertaining films of all time.

  • When a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping near the New England tourist town of Amity Island, police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) wants to close the beaches, but mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) overrules him, fearing that the loss of tourist revenue will cripple the town. Ichthyologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and grizzled ship captain Quint (Robert Shaw) offer to help Brody capture the killer beast, and the trio engage in an epic battle of man vs. nature.

    Before E.T, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jurassic Park, Steven Spielberg directed Jaws, a film that pretty much launched his career in Hollywood and can be considered as the inaugural blockbuster. I guess the film has grown on me, I did not take a liking to it initially but over the course of multiple viewings I have grown to love the film. When it came out in 1975, it was perhaps best known for its horror, but for me the horror is the least important thing about this film. For me, it’s the intensity, suspense and great characters that make Jaws such an exciting and engrossing experience.

    Read Full Review Here: https://theblazingreel.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/review-jaws-1975/

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