Posted on 3/22/11 09:22 AM
I really don't need to tell anybody that Jaws is an expertly crafted film, and that it was the very first of many future summer blockbusters. The story is pretty simple, as series of shark attacks occur off the beaches of a small island, which prompts a shark hunt by the city locals. Jaws is my favorite Spielberg film with the exception of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and for a good reason, as it has plenty of memorable moments.
First of all, as most people know, the acting is amazing all around in this film, and features some great performances from Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, and Robert Shaw. This is definitely my favorite performance from Scheider, and he does an excellent job as the lead character. This is also my favorite Dreyfuss performance, as he brings a lot of wit and seriousness to the film. And Robert Shaw Does an absolutely amazing performance as the local fisherman Quint, he alone elevate this film to amazing proportions with his humor and mannerisms.
Jaws has so many memorable scenes that they can be hard to count. I especially like the scene were Quint, Brody, and Hooper are having dinner, and Quint is telling the story about how his ship sunk during WWII. Its even more amazing that Robert Shaw actually wrote a lot of that speech himself. Another scene that I just absolutely love, is the scene were Brody is throwing the chum overboard, and he he begins to complain, "Slow ahead, I can go slow ahead, why don't you come down and throw some of this shit!" Immediately after he says that line, the shark unexpectedly jumps out of the water. Definitely one of my favorite scenes of all time.
Jaws is definitely one of the best films to come out of the 1970's, and has had a huge impact on the film world in general. Through its memorable moments, to its quotable dialogue, to John Williams creepy score, comes one of the all around best films I have ever seen.