Jaws ★★★★★

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I got strangely emotional watching Jaws this time. If I had to guess I'd say its probably in the top 3 films I've ever seen in terms of repeat viewings. The other two being The Naked Gun and Airplane! So why now am I fraught with emotional angst whilst seeing it? Well it's the first time I've watched Jaws since I became a parent. And quite frankly the sense of family that exists in this film. Not just in some of the victims but particularly Brody. The scene with his son where they are mimicking one another. That just got me in the feels.

On the other hand, I may have come over all funny about Jaws because I've been watching a lot of shark movies lately. I don't know if you're aware, but not all of them are that great. And this film is so bloody good. One of the key elements ot Jaws is that these aren't faceless victims, they are characters thay I have an emotional connection to and have done since I first saw Jaws as a kid.

There is barely a glimpse of the shark for an entire hour. Thank God the Bruce didn't work properly because the 'bomb under the table' approach makes this movie so great. It's one of the best suspense horror films ever made. Roy Scheider is excellent and the dynamic between him, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss in the 2nd half of the film is absolutely compelling.

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