Jaws ★★★★½

“I'm only trying to say that Amity is a summer town. We need summer dollars. Now, if the people can't swim here, they'll be glad to swim at the beaches of Cape Cod, the Hamptons, Long Island”- Mayor Vaughn

“I'm pleased and happy to repeat the news that we have, in fact, caught and killed a large predator that supposedly injured some bathers. But, as you see, it's a beautiful day, the beaches are open and people are having a wonderful time.”- Mayor Vaughn 

People always complain that it takes too long for the villainous creature to appear in Jaws, but there it is, a little over 10 minutes into the movie, talking the sheriff out of closing the beaches and later telling the people it's safe and urging them to go into the water. All jokes and metaphorical readings aside, what's so striking about this quintessential summer blockbuster is how well-paced and economical it feels, 46 years after its release. It sets the stakes, fleshes out a few characters, gives us enough information to let our imaginations run wild, and before we know it, we're on the not-big-enough boat and shark-hunting. Fun, involving escapism at its finest.

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