Nick Spaine’s review published on Letterboxd:
“You yell "barracuda", everybody says, "Huh? What?" You yell "shark", we've got a panic on our hands”
It’s no secret that I don’t choose to watch a lot of older movies, but even I was surprised that this was my first time watching Jaws. This is an all time classic movie and one that created a fear culture of sharks that still exists today. An older film like this can go two ways, it can either not age well or age really well. This film is an example of the latter as it seems like Steven Spielberg was ahead of his time when it came to creating films in the 1970s and 1980s. And for a film that is 45 years, the created shark used even still looks good for its time before CGI. The story, at its root in today’s movie industry is simple, but that doesn’t mean it’s not effective in creating an entertaining and thrilling film.
Something I didn’t expect from Jaws was the fantastic use of jump scares. There were a few that were used to perfection like a dead body in a window and the first glimpse of Jaws himself as he came out of the water. The first hour did a good job at introducing our main characters in Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw. Something underrated about the screen play is specifically when the mayor decides to keep the beach open. Films sometimes fall into unrealistic discussions that create plot points, but not here. It’s realistic for a small tourist town to keep their beaches open on the busiest day of the year after only a few shark attacks. As for the last hour on the boat, it’s perfect. Every scene that they try to catch this shark is thrilling as it seems like they are quickly running out of options at this unstoppable force. Overall, a fantastic movie that deserves its place as a classic and icon.
Overall Rating: A-