Jaws 2 Reviews
It's a needless sequel that should never exist. It hurts the original, revealing that this shark is just a horror film mechanic cliché, a Michael Myers of the water. It just comes around and tears things up needlessly. Pops out when it wants. Hunts more than it can digest but doesn't take the time to eat it. It's a film about more, and that's the only direction I guess it can go. It reminds me of why sequels suck in the first place, all they can do is up the ante with a repeat formula. More kills, excessive. The Mayor has learned nothing, the board has learned nothing, Amity is as dumb and ignorant as ever before.
If it don't look good, don't show it. The shark don't look good.
Some decent suspense when they try to pull Mike in and accidentally drop him, but then the shark pops out and the only feeling is, oh, that thing? No need to be afraid.
I do appreciate the silences in the movie, it's not all terrible noise.
The teens are a good ensemble, they have solid chemistry and genuinely feel like they've known each other for a long time. Modern teen cliques are clunky, but these work.
Some stuff just drags on needlessly, like Brody and his wife after getting fired. He already had the whole bit with his former partner, now this.
"Cable junction's ahead" - looks like it's been ahead for awhile!
Act III anticlimactic.
Cut to scream, cut to scream, cut to scream - effect becomes laughable
The original is like Moby Dick, a real adventure of feasible odds battling the shark, obstacle after obstacle thrown at them. There's no real challenge until Brody shows up, and when he does it's pretty quick. His idea to electrocute the shark works, and the movie is over. We wait to see if it'll pop back up, celebration seems too quick and easy - credits roll.
Roy Scheider reprises his role as Chief Brody. Scheider is a very serious and believable character actor. In this Jaws installment, like the first, it is personal for Chief Brody as his children and their friends are in danger. The scenes are incredibly cheesy and dated. The ending predictable and just sets the framework for progressively worse installments of the Jaws saga.
This film falls into the bad "A-film" class.