Monday, May 29, 2006

"Jaws" review

Jaws (1975)

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Writing credits Peter Benchley

Roy Scheider.... Police Chief Martin Brody
Robert Shaw.... Quint
Richard Dreyfuss.... Matt Hooper
Lorraine Gary.... Ellen Brody
Murray Hamilton.... Mayor Larry Vaughn

"Jaws" is the king of all monster movies. There is no one better. Filmmakers have tried to match the horror of this movie and have not even come close.

"Jaws" is a perfect movie. There is not one scene that drags or is unneeded. I could watch it a hundred times and not get sick of it. A great white shark is the closest thing you can get to a real monster on Earth and this movie maximizes on the terror a huge beast like that swimming amongst bathers can create. I can't say enough good things about this movie.

The first half of the movie is a horror flick with Jaws stalking his prey. Sheriff Brody tries to convince the mayor that they have a monster swimming off shore. The second half is an action flick with the three main characters going out to sea to hunt Jaws down. The action and suspense scenes are top notch.

The interaction between the three characters at the end is what elevates this movie above others. A common complaint on horror/action films is "lack of character development". "Jaws" succeeds in creating three characters that I liked and cared about. When Jaws goes for the kill at the end, you're filled with dread for Brody, Hooper and Quint as the giant beast wants to tear them apart. All in all, "Jaws" is an outstanding film. A must see for any movie fan.

SCORE: 4 out of 4 perfect killing machines

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