February 3, 2015
Jaws is my favorite movie next to Pulp fiction. This movie is perfect. This movie plays the audience like a piano. This movie is also very inspirational, as an inspiring filmmaker. On Jaws so many thing went wrong but the film turned out amazing and a wonderful 2 hours and 4 minutes.
January 30, 2015
There is a famous saying; imitation is the highest form of flattery. Yet often said imitation can be to the original's detriment, as it undermines its power. But like all classics, it doesn't matter how many tryhard attempts at recreating a masterpiece appear on our cinema screens, there is no denying the pure injection of fear which comes from watching Steven Spielberg's masterpiece; Jaws.
The story takes place in a sunbaked little town called Amity Island, a town which lives for the summer because the tourists come to town. But things are thrown into disarray when new-to-town Police Chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) discovers the victim of a shark attack on one of the beaches. Unwilling to lose the influx of customers as a result of the tourist season, Mayor Vaughn decides to keep the beaches open. After the attacks continue, however, Chief Police Brody, icthyologist (read: shark nerd) Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and local shark hunter Quint (Robert Shaw), unite to hunt the shark down.
Steven Spielberg is the man to be thanking for this masterpiece. Without him, the film could have turned into an uninteresting shark fest which would work for shock value but wouldn't have the devastating impact that it still has today. What could have been a string of disjointed set-pieces is put together brilliantly to make this film one of the greatest horrors of all time. The mystery and restraint shown by Spielberg throughout the film is reason enough to call him a genius, not to mention the expert characterisation which he cleverly weaves in here and there. Each of our characters are fleshed out and 3-dimensional, as well as being equal parts loveable and frustrating. The perfect use of music, the incredible camerawork, the nerve shredding moments of fear, all of it is put together seamlessly by a master at work. There are moments of pure shock and there are moments of extended tension which will have you tearing at the cushion which you hold for comfort. One thing's for certain, it keeps you on your toes.
The acting in this film is far over and above what you'd get in today's cookie-cutter horrors. Roy Scheider is great as Police Chief Martin Brody. He shows the incredible frustration which his character feels as he is overruled again and again by a man motivated by greed. He shows that he can do humour as well, with wry lines like "He's in the yard not too far from the car." But while he is great as our lead, It's Richard Dreyfuss who steals the show as the more-than-slightly hyperactive Matt Hooper. Like an over-caffinated obsessive-compulsive, Dreyfuss inhabits his character perfectly, showing his indignation, his frustration and his fear with a childlike exuberance which makes him such a likeable character. Robert Shaw plays the almost crazy shark hunter Quint and is fantastic in his role. He mumbles, working class hero-like through his lines "You go in the cage, cage goes in the water, you go in the water? Shark's in the water. Our shark." with a perfect condescending feel which suits his character to a tee. The comradery between these three characters is one of the best parts of the film, and as three initially different characters begin to accept and even embrace one another for their differences, you can almost forget that there is a monster shark on the loose. This is a tribute to not only Spielberg for luring us into a false sense of security, but the realistic relaxation by the actors onscreen which double the effect.
Every part of this brilliant film works together perfectly in order to create this incredible experience. Yes, accidents on set did make scary scenes even scarier and the experience made Spielberg vow to never film on open sea again, but there's not too many films which can boast that an audience ran out of the cinema, into the bathroom, threw up, and ran back inside to keep watching the test screening. It's a morbidly fascinating and pants-wettingly scary film which have you steering clear of beaches for some time, yet coming back for repeat viewings over and over again.
That brilliant first death sequence. The combination of John Williams infamous strings and Spielberg's fantastic direction makes this scene unforgettable.
January 29, 2015
Scary, accelerating Spielberg's best.
January 25, 2015
Jaws could've easily been a one trick gimmick, where the shark slowly eats some people from time to time and some dudes try to kill it. That's actually the premise and what happens through most of the movie, but it's all so incredibly varied and engaging that this is actually a hard flick to categorize. It's an horror movie at times, a satyrical take on summer villages, an adventure movie later on with sort of Moby Dickian aspirations on some dialogues, amongst other delicious details. Not sure if Spielberg created the modern blockbuster here because of all the above reasons. All I know, is that Jaws is an excellent movie that does many many things right, both on a technical and storytelling levels.
January 24, 2015
My whole life revolved around this movie
January 22, 2015
A classic that still works today!
January 15, 2015
The only thing this movie is missing is a bigger boat.
January 4, 2015
Ah, the big one. It really is impossible to overstate the significance Jaws had on build-up horror, and that lingering fear before you jump in a kiddie pool. Loosely based on a series of shark attacks off the Jersey Shore in 1916, Jaws is the [shark]tail of a picturesque New England island plagued by a series of brutal shark attacks, and the relentless pursuit of said shark by the police chief, a marine biologist and a rouge fisherman. Spielberg overcame numerous setbacks and achieved legendary status with a "less-is-more formula" so hard to emulate now it's near mythical. Building up the suspense and turning the screws unbearably tightly in the first half, Jaws then comes full circle and nudges into all-out horror for its second half. The fact that it is also a finely-nuanced, character-driven drama is due to Bruce's constant malfunctions, forcing Spielberg to improvise a little subtlety. We all know how it turned out in the end...
December 29, 2006
The best jaws/shark movie ever from the 70s. At that time the effects looked good and its still fair today. Steven Spielberg have directed it and Williams theme is nice. Story is fine and some good actors here and a young Richard Dreyfuss. A classic movie that must be seeing !
December 23, 2014
It is probably one of the best films I have ever seen. Amazingly the film hasn't aged to a massive extent; the shark remains a frightening threat and the attacks are terrifying. The use of suspense is its crowning glory, giving birth to a pop culture phenomenon. It is not just the shark that makes the film great though; the well developed male trio exchange poignantly executed conversations, while it is there believable struggle that hooks us and doesn't let go.
December 22, 2014
Thrilling, but so many newer films have borrowed techniques that it has not aged well imo.
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May 25, 2014
Has to be the best film of all time! Everything from the story, special effects , music , camera , is amazing is a Mutch watch to anyone who whants to see the most amazing film , it's also 100% better on blueray :)
December 18, 2014
An absolutely perfect suspense flick that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.
October 23, 2014
Go slow.Build it up.Donīt show too much at first.Take your time.
December 6, 2014
One of Spielberg's successful movies, Jaws is thrilling, scary (kinda), and Jaw dropping.
November 27, 2014
Dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun DUN DUN DUN!!! Jaws is a suspenseful, bloody, well-acted, well-written, awesome piece of classic art. Definitely one of Spielberg's best. The final act of this movie is one of the best (in my opinion) from any movie ever. Rarely have I been this entertained and this much at the edge of my seat in a movie. I love it!
February 7, 2014
When I was ten years old, just watching the movie trailer alone scared me to death. Since then, I can't help but look out towards the ocean and think of a HUGE great white lurking towards the beach. Here in 2014, the movie isn't as scary as it was in 1975, but with that great ensemble cast of Shaw, Schneider and Dreyfuss, also Steven Spielberg's wonderful approach in limiting the actual appearance of the mechanical shark ( it never really worked anyway) and finally the awesome musical score of John Williams with those simple notes (DA-DUM) made this movie colossal. JAWS is an ultimate classic that no other shark movie (from past to present) will ever surpass. This is a movie not to be missed.
November 26, 2014
really disliked this. listless plot (hey, we're going to kill a shark! woo!) and completely uncompelling characters. also, completely non-terrifying; wondering how this could possible be conceived as "horror."
November 26, 2014
this was so cool and a huge shark
November 22, 2014
Jaws is the Greatest movie ever made every scene is right the cast were phenomenal the director steven speilberg has made great movies but this one takes the cake jaws is not just horror it has suspense drama humor adventure and action when it came out people were scared and some are to this day when u hear the music u are scared begging for it to stop put the notes wont stop jaws sinks its teeth into u and will not let go this movie is perfect thats all i gotta say 3 oscars,first blockbuster,and is for a fact its one of the best movies ever made. in my opioion its the best movie ever made See it before u go swimming.