Jaws ★★★★½

Exhilarating, terrifying, satisfying, empowering.

These are just some of the words that can be used to describe the feeling of heading into the polls this year after you register to vote. Just like the steadfast protagonists of Steven Spielberg's epic masterclass in tension and subverting preexisting notions of crowd-pleasing summer popcorn cinema, we have a duty to do what is right for our communities. I literally risked my life to renew my license in order to be eligible to vote because it's never been more important. Don't shrug this off, don't assume things will work out where this ever-looming multi-dimensional crisis we're living in is concerned. If you are a person of color, queer, or disabled and/or if you care about even a single person that is, do what's right and VOTE. This November, the closed-minded will do whatever it takes to re-elect their avatar of hate. What will you do?

Now, diving into open waters to talk Jaws, this is everything that I'd heard it would be and more. I have fond memories of the now-defunct(!!) Universal Studios ride and they only served to heighten the tension and make this feel as deeply nostalgic as it is incredibly enjoyable. The pacing is excellent, the cinematography unforgettable, and the technical mastery on display is first-rate. Even knowing as much as I did about this going into it, I was still swept away on its current of carnage. Few tales still stand this tall after so many years of adulation and anyone who's seen it no doubt knows why.

P.S. If my words didn't sway you to take this election seriously, perhaps First Lady (and my future president) Michelle Obama's will.
P.P.S. Thank you to Lee for giving me the push to finally watch this in its entirety.

Scavenger Hunt 66 #3 out of 30 - Watch a film that has a title that begins with J, Q, or Z.

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