Jaws ★★★★★

There's no better way to spend a hot summer afternoon in New England than sitting inside a movie theater watching Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster Jaws. You can practically smell the salty ocean air and feel the sandy beach at your feet as you cower like the people of Amity Island over the idea of a massive great white shark gobbling people up. Jaws is an incredible horror film with brutal deaths, iconic score, and creepy predatory point of view shots, but not enough viewers give it credit for being an enjoyable buddy movie in its second half as Brody (Roy Scheider), Quint (Robert Shaw), and Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) team up to hunt the shark. Seeing these three very different men bond as they collaborate on a common task makes their climactic conflict with the shark much scarier, because of the personal attachment you feel for them as a group. In that way, Jaws becomes progressively more effective as it goes on instead of less, like many horror movies.

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