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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Jaws - 35 years later the seminal summer blockbuster still has bite

Just watched Jaws for the first time in about 2 years and it is still a great movie, one of my favorites. Steven Spielberg did a superb job in directing this thriller of a movie. And you would be hard pressed to find a film   that featured three better performances: Roy Scheider as beleaguered Chief Martin Brody; Richard Dreyfuss as marine scientist Hooper; and Robert Shaw as boat captain Quint, who gives an amazing performance. He deserved an Oscar for his performance; hell his Indianapolis speech alone should have given him the award. All the thrills, suspense, and humor that you remember from Jaws is still there and it feels fresh today amid all the summertime CCG wannabe blockbusters. The music score by John Williams still sends a shiver down my spine. And Jaws is a lot more bloodier than I remember. Especially the shark attack on is truly graphic. It is very cool how Spielberg built up the tension through out this movie thanks to the music score and sound and brief glimpses of the shark. So when the 25 footer killing machine finally makes his full appearance it is quite the scene. As I said before the three leads carry this movie and Roy Scheider anchors it as Brody, a man conflicted on trying to do the right thing to save lives, even if it means closing down the beach for the summer. Which doesn't sit right with the mayor and the town council who count on the tourists every summer to bring in some money to their beloved town. Jaws is one of the true greats in cinema history with so many iconic images including the shot where Brody is dumping chum in the water when the shark rises up at him and Brody says the immortal classic line "You're gonna need a bigger boat". Jaws is one of my personal favorite films of all time and it was great re-watching it again.

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