Jaws ★★★★½

Removing everything that was so terrible and insufferable about Peter Benchley's novel and instead adding an almost unbearable level of tension and suspense, Steven Spielberg created one of the most nail-biting and exciting thrillers of all time that is deservedly regarded as a classic nowadays.

I had read the novel quite a long time before finally watching the movie for the first time, and absolutely hated it. Benchley's writing was terrible, the characters annoying and the book suffered from too many subplots which made absolutely no sense whatsoever, as well as an intolerable depiction of women and relationships. As a result, I had resisted from watching the movie for a long time, but if there ever was a movie that is a million times better than the book it was based upon, then it has to be Jaws.

An exercise in suspenseful filmmaking, this is one of Spielberg's finest films, and one of the best of the 1970s.

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