ChristopherLamb’s review published on Letterboxd:
Sadly, this was the first time Ive seen this film. I know its a classic, but I always just dread watching older films in general because I assume they are going to be boring or just dated. Then I actually watch them, and I'm like "wow, myself, fuck you."
This is no exception.
This is one of the simplest and yet greatest movies I've ever seen. More than that I'm kind of amazed by the practical effects and how real the shark looked. Sometimes I see movies today, even highly touted ones including the greatest actors giving amazing performances with the best technology and most realistic imaging computers can create. Yet, intrinsically it still feels like I'm watching a movie. No matter how "realistic" it looks I cant suppress the visceral feeling that tells me Im watching something artificially forged.
When I was watching this though, I felt like I was watching a real-world-larger-than-life story. An event that actually happened and somebody there happened to catch with really expensive cameras. I wish I felt more that way about the movies we see today.
Hollywood needs more practical effects. Hollywood needs more simple, grounded stories. Hollywood needs more moments where they are talking about their scars and singing "Show Me The Way To Go Home."
For those reading, I'm relatively new to watching movies (at least as much as most of the users on here do), so maybe I'm just missing these movies. If anybody has suggestions that could give me that same feeling I got from watching this movie and moments like the one where they are talking about their scars and singing (Almost Famous would be another one), I'd appreciate suggestions. From any era really.