Jaws Review

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You’re gonna need a bigger boat – Captain Brody

Steven Spielberg’s Jaws is about police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider), who wants to close the Amity beach after a attack on a lady by the great white shark but struggles to get approval from the mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton). But after three vicious attacks, Brody, along with ichthyologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) ride out on a ship with its captain Quint (Robert Shaw), to capture and kill the dreaded white shark treading in the waters.

I was reading my post about Quentin Tarantino when I felt embarrassed that I hadn’t seen so may of Spielberg’s masterpieces. So, I was left in a fix about which movie to view. And, then I noticed that Chris Stuckmann had also added Jaws to his ‘My Favourite Movies’ videos. So, I zeroed in on Jaws.

What a glorious movie ! Rarely have I seen a movie so engrossing. The movie is brilliant and brings about the chills from the first scene and stretches that feeling till the climax. I have seen a lot of thrillers and a lot of horror movies but there only few of them in which I feared to even blink for a second in fear of missing something: The Usual Suspects, Se7en, Odessa File, Robert Langdon duology, Inception, Drishyam, Whiplash, Argo and now JAWS. This movie had me at the edge of my seat throughout and even made me jump in some scenes. The scene in which Matt goes to examine a boat underwater and a head pops out of the hole is the scariest scene I have ever seen in movies. Steven dangles between all the elements in the movie in such a sublime manner like the scene in which Brody is throwing meat to attract the shark and suddenly, the shark does appear. Within a second a hilarious scene transforms into pure horror.

Steven Spielberg has always struck a chord with me. I aspire to become an archaeologist because of his Indiana Jones movies. Although it is impossible to compare movies in different genres, Schindler’s List may be my all time favourite movie. And now, JAWS! This man is awesome.

The acting in this movie is coruscating. Roy gives us the fear, Richard gives us the energy and Quint gives us the bravery required in the movie.

John Williams’  score is so perfect. Even thought the shark is shown in very brief scenes, the dread is pushed into our veins by the score which keeps us to the edge of the seat.

Jaws is one of the best thrillers/horror movies ever made and is an edge of the seat movie and its viewing is an experience in itself.

Rating: 9.6/10


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