Jaws ★★★★★

Widely regarded by viewers & critics alike as one of the greatest, scariest & most influential films of all time, Jaws is Steven Spielberg's breakthrough masterpiece that didn't only catapult his then-fledgling career to great heights but also ended up establishing the modern Hollywood business model by becoming the first blockbuster in cinema history.

Set on the fictional Amity Island, the story concerns a town sheriff, a marine scientist & a local fisherman who team up together to hunt down a gigantic great white shark that has been terrorizing their small island community. However, once they set out into the wide ocean, they only end up discovering themselves as the ones being hunted by the great white.

Produced on low budget, the masterful creativity of director Steven Spielberg is on full display here as he not only films it with greater emphasis on plot & characterisation but brilliantly amplifies the suspense as well by neither explicitly showing us the shark for the majority of the runtime nor denying its presence. And when he does reveal it, he does it in a way that makes everyone jump off their seats.

Supporting Spielberg's impeccable direction is the taut script, sincere performances from the entire cast, clever use of camera, terrific editing and lastly the biggest contributor in turning Jaws into an absolutely bone-chilling nightmare i.e. John Williams' tense score which here elevates the horror to new heights and makes the film twice as scary & effective.

Nearly 40 years have passed since this fright classic hit the big screen and yet, even after countless imitations, it retains its ability to frighten the viewers with the same fervour as it did back in the 70s. A haunting masterpiece that made an entire generation afraid of stepping into the ocean again, Jaws has effortlessly managed to stand the test of time and will hopefully continue to do so for several more decades.

Immortal for its contribution to horror and a watershed moment for cinema itself, this unforgettable chiller remains one of greatest & most memorable achievements of Steven Spielberg's filmmaking career and without a shadow of a doubt comes strongly recommended.

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