Movie of the Week: Jaws (1975)

Steven Spielberg directs Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss in this adventure movie where a shark terrorises a tourist island.

The summer blockbuster invented. The unsettling, persuasive threat of John Williams’ score. The expert jump scares. A timeless on-location, at sea adventure. COVID-19 politics played out at a micro level, just replace the shark for the virus. A study in masculinity… three very different heroes emerge… all human. Robert Shaw’s barnstorming, movie shifting, iconic powerhouse as Quint. The sea shanties and the shooting stars. I first watched Jaws with my cousins at a holiday camp in Cornwall. Nothing compares though to the magic of seeing it on the big screen. It is flawless, flowing from note perfect scene to impeccable set piece. A cinematic storytelling masterclass. “Smile, you son of a…” KA-BOOOOM!

10

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