Jaws ★★★★★

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This review may contain spoilers.

I recently discovered that all the Jaws films are on Prime so I decided to watch them all starting with the 1975 OG film (The only one I have seen). It has been a while since I've seen this film but I do remember loving it a lot, especially with how scary it manages to be despite the horrible production (Seriously read up about it!).

The film follows Martin Brody (Roy Scheider), police chief of the small community of Amity Island, as he teams up with a marine biologist named Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and a professional shark hunter named Quint (Robert Shaw) to hunt down the shark responsible for a series of deaths.

There's no other word to describe Jaws but classic. The story is simple but utterly engrossing as it follows these three very different men as they try to bring down the shark that is haunting this small town. Its narrative is really cleverly written as it just builds slowly to this very climactic confrontation out on the ocean.

Roy Scheider delivers a fantastic performance as Brody. Richard Dreyfuss is on great form as Hooper. Robert Shaw is brilliant as Quint. Lorraine Gary and Murray Hamilton provide terrific support as Brody's wife and the Mayor of Amity respectively.

Spielberg delivers some utterly tense and cleverly shot sequences like the opening scene and the Fourth of July sequence. The score by John Williams is iconic and adds to the tension with just two simple notes.

Final thought: Still manages to make me feel uneasy about the ocean.

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