James and I watched this together this afternoon, it was a film I recommended James see due to it’s importance in cinema history.

Recently I started listening to a new podcast by Chuck Bryant (he of Stuff You Should Know fame) called Movie Crush, where he chats with celebs (not super famous ones) about their fave film. Roman Mars (he of 99% Invisible podcast fame) chose Jaws as his fave film and it gave me a hankering to watch it again.

And indeed it is still a great film, even if it has dated a little. Some of it is a bit contrived, but it is still a great tale of one huge and smart shark who just wants to eat, stupid people who ignore warnings about giant people-eating sharks, and the hero who wants to save the stupid people by killing the shark.

The film really gets going when Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider, and Robert Shaw (who was apparently drunk most of the time on set) get on a boat and go huntin’ for the shark (the mechanical shark used in the film was nicknamed “Bruce”). It is tense the whole time and Roy Scheider’s reaction when he first see’s the shark up close is cinema gold, alng with the line “You’re gonna need a bigger boat!”, which was ad-libbed (story behind that here).

Steven did a great job of keeping the film tense, and there was never a dull or unnecessary moment in the film. The cinematography too is great.

The soundtrack too is fabs with the shark theme being one of the most iconic in all of cinema history. In fact I would rate it along with The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s theme) as being the best villain theme of all time, both by John Williams of course.

An excellent film to finish off the year, although I have one more film lined up as my final of the year…

Date watche: December 31st
Score: 9/10
Film count 2017: 147

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