Benjamin Green’s review published on Letterboxd:
You open the beach on the 4th of july it's like ringing a dinner bell
First time watch: ???
Jaws is the 1975 thriller directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the 1974 novel by the same name. The film stars Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss and Lorraine Gary in a story of a small summer resort town than comes under attack from a killer shark.
I couldn't wait till the 4th of July to watch Jaws. It's a nice hot sunny day and everything felt perfect for a rewatch so I just went with my gut and put it on. It was also a special viewing as I watched it with my son for the first time who infrequently shares my interest in film, thankfully I caught him on a good day and we got to enjoy the experience together. His desperation to see the shark as the film went on reminded me of how clever Spielberg is with his creature feature as an hour goes by before we get a real first glimpse. So many intelligent tactics had been employed by this point which had included blood in the water, a sharks point of view vision, bite marks and even an indepth description of a dead body we never get to see. This all adds to the anticipation and fear without having to actually show the antagonist.
I was really surprised to see the 12 age certification, Spielberg gets away with an awful lot considering the lower rating. His gift of telling a story doesn't go unnoticed and is well complimented by another iconic John Williams score which carrys the tone and suspense perfectly. Theres great performances that match fascinating and developed characters amongst well placed Moby Dick references - what a film!
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