And I think that's because of the ending. I didn't like the old fishermen, he was a little too coarse and stereotypical. He shouted sailor songs, crushed beers, told war stories and it just wasn't realistic. Part of the terror of the movie was it felt like it was Small Town, USA, like it was real and it could happen anywhere. It was a legendary beast in the most ordinary of settings attacking average Americans. The sailor isn't an average joe, like the rest of them. He's a theatrical caricature of a hard drinking, story telling sailor and it feels off. The final chase sequence is also drawn out way too long. Their journey lasts for two days, we see the shark about a million times and at a certain point you just want it to wrap up. The final scene where the Shark devours the fishermen and the Shark blows up is undeniably pretty awesome, it just took too long to get to that point. I struggle to criticize Jaws because it has a lot of brilliance and I can barely point out anything wrong besides the fact that it didn't quite live up to the magnificent thriller I'd imagined it'd be, even if it came remarkably close. I also think it's really cool to watch such a pop culture landmark like Jaws or Grease, just to travel through time and see what was cool back then.
One of the reasons I love this film is the characters, Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfuss, to name a few, are excellent characters. Chief Brody, played by Roy Schieder, is a great the every man in this film and he is one of my favorite characters in film because he has to deal with the safety of his family, the safety of the town, and because of an ignorant mayor, is blamed for the death toll by the shark. Richard Dreyfuss as Matt Hooper is also great (all the characters in this film are great) he is the funny character and not that he is comic relief, but him being the rich shark expert? genius, but the real humor that comes from him is his interaction with Quint. Quint is the rough and grough shark hunter, played by Robert Shaw, he is the man who has his heart set on killing this fish, at his core he is character, he is a rip off of Captain Ahab, but where his character become his own is the back story given to him and the bosey loud performance, that is the stuff of legends.
The one this that truly the best thing in this film is the score by John Williams. The theme is simple, but it sticks with you through the years and has become one of the best and one of the most recognizable themes of all time. Also the script is great, it gives so much time developing these characters, and when the story looses a little bit of weight in some moments, the weight of the characters are able to carry it so well that at that point anything could have happened and I would have been totally invested. And the best part of this film is the fact that imagination is used to keep the shark alive, barrels, imagination and barrels. And when the shark does appear, its all the more power.
I love Jaws, I love everything about it, this fill is not for the general movie audience anymore, those looking to see cool shark moments where it eats people, will be disappointed, but those who want to be invested in characters and to overcome this ordeal, then you won't be disappointed.