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Movie Review: "Jaws" (1975)

Natalie is a writer who works at her local library. She enjoys writing reviews, watching anime and TV shows, and playing video games.

"Jaws" Region A, official 4K blu-ray cover.

"Jaws" Region A, official 4K blu-ray cover.

Quick Info

Director: Steven Spielberg
Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Runtime: 124 minutes
Released: October 14th, 2014
Availability: On 4K blu-ray, blu-ray, DVD, and digital rental, not legally streaming anywhere

Story Summary

The town of Amity, New England experiences a string of shark attacks and the town has to deal with the shark attacks. Three men decide to hunt down the shark and kill it.

This Is "The" Most Famous Blockbuster Movie

Jaws is the most famous blockbuster movie. It is the first blockbuster movie. It has a huge reputation, whether you’re a movie buff or you causally watch movies, you know about Jaws.

Whether you’ve heard, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat” or if you’ve at least heard the plot of “Jaws”. It’s a very memorable movie, but does it still hold up

Quint tries to reel in the shark.

Quint tries to reel in the shark.

Jaws - Theatrical Trailer (HD) (1975)

The Prototype for All the Scary Shark Movies

Jaws is the prototype for all the shark horror movies that came after it. It’s scary in its own way, and it may not seem unique now, but it was special when it was released. People were scared to go in the water, and some still are today.

It’s mainly scary because of what you can’t see, rather than just seeing the giant shark right away, but I’ll write about that later.

It might be cliche to some people so whether you want to watch the movie or not is up to you.

The Premise Was Unique When It Came Out

The premise of Jaws isn’t unique now, but it was when it was released. There had been movies similar to it, but not quite like this. It stood out because it was realistic in a way; it was realistic enough to make people want to kill sharks because people believed they just wanted to eat people.

It’s not quite accurate when it comes to sharks, but it is plausible enough to scare people.

The Visual Effects Still Hold Up!

The visual effects still hold up and what makes this movie scary, is the fact that “Bruce” the shark broke a lot behind the scenes. The animatronic wasn’t made for salt water, which means he didn’t work.

Because they couldn’t use him all the time, they used cinematography to hide the shark from the audience. This ratcheted up the tension more because showing less scares the audience more.

The visual effects are all practical and that’s what makes the movie so good. The only thing that looks old about the movie is the setting. The visuals still hold up and look very good compared to when they were made, they don’t look super old or hokey at all.

They show just enough to be scary and let your imagination do the rest of the scaring for you.

The visual effects are very well-done and everything about this movie looks great.

Martin Brody, Shaw Quint, and Matt Hooper chasing the shark.

Martin Brody, Shaw Quint, and Matt Hooper chasing the shark.

The Acting Is Great!

Roy Scheider did a great job as Chief Martin Brody. I loved his work in this movie and he made his character come to life. He is an interesting character and he was a great character that kept me invested in the movie.

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Robert is outstanding as Shaw Quint. He was great and his performance was outstanding. He did an amazing job with his character and he’s one of the most memorable parts of this movie.

Richard Dreyfuss as Matt Hooper also did a great job in this movie. He is an excellent actor and I liked his character and the role he played in the movie. He was a great choice and he was entertaining to watch.

The acting is top-notch and it is very well-done. The actors all had great chemistry and worked very well together. The extras were also excellent and some of the shark deaths were very memorable because of the extras in the film.

"Jaws" Theme Song

The Score Is Great!

The soundtrack for Jaws is composed by John Williams. He’s a legendary composer and the music for Jaws is fantastic. Even if he’s not known for composing music for horror films, John Williams makes the movie very suspenseful and nerve-wracking.

The soundtrack is very well-done and is a very excellent soundtrack. It has one of the most memorable scary themes ever. Everyone can recognize the theme, even if you haven’t seen Jaws.

"Jaws" Has a Lot of Hype Around It

Jaws could be considered overrated by some people, because of all the critical acclaim, because of pop culture osmosis, and just because it’s a very well-received film and very famous.

While it did live up to all the hype for me and I enjoyed the movie, even if I don’t like scary thriller movies, it might not live up to all the accolades for you.

That’s why you should at least borrow the movie from your local library or a digital rental if you want to watch it at least once.

"Jaws" Is a Great Film, Just Don't Get Overhyped

Jaws is a great film, it’s a fantastic movie that’s worth watching. It does have a lot of hype around it because it’s a pop culture phenomenon. However, Jaws does have a lot of hype behind it because it’s such a well-known movie.

However, if you don’t go into the movie with a lot of expectations, you’ll probably enjoy it more. The movie is excellent and worth your watch time.

I do not like tense movies, but Jaws is a great film with a great story, characters, acting, and music. It’s a film that I haven’t watched often, but I did enjoy it, even if I don’t like how tense it makes me feel.

It’s an exciting suspense film that kept me on the edge of my seat. I do not like the “horror” genre. But I can watch Jaws because it’s mainly in the suspense genre and not the horror genre.

I will acknowledge that I wasn’t sure if the film would live up to the “hype” surrounding the movie, I felt it lived up to the hype for me and I was not disappointed by the movie. There will be viewers that find it hokey or the visual effects look dated. Jaws will be a movie that you either love or hate.

The movie is very well made and does hold up, but whether you like it or not will be entirely up to you.

Quick Summary

What Works:What Doesn't Work:

Great story, characters, and world-building

All the hype around the movie might leave viewers disappointed

Visual effects hold up

Great acting

Great soundtrack

My Grade: A+

I highly recommend Jaws; it’s a fantastic film that just kept me on the edge of my seat. The movie is also a book adaptation, but I have never read the book, so I can’t tell you how accurate it is for a book adaptation. I do feel it is a well-made movie with excellent production values.

The movie is overhyped because it’s been praised by many people, including myself. It is a great movie that you should watch at least once. It is worth a movie rental or borrowing it from your local library if you want to see it.

I highly recommend watching the movie. You should buy it if you’re a movie buff and you collect classic movies. I managed to watch it on Netflix before it was removed but it airs on cable/satellite TV a lot, so you always have a chance to watch it there. It’s also available in many digital stores for purchase or rental.

I don’t love the movie like it’s my favorite movie, but I don’t think it’s a terrible movie and I don’t hate it either.

I think it’s a fantastic movie that I don’t need to own for my own personal collection, but I’m very happy that I watched it because it’s such an iconic movie.

It is worth your time to watch at least once, and your money if you’re a movie buff. It’s an iconic movie that you’ll remember, and if you’re scared to go in the water after you’ve watched it, that’s completely understandable.

My Rating

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