FW MOVIE PICK: JAWS

Roy Scheider in Jaws (1975)

Its the movie that kick-started the whole blockbuster genre and made people afraid to go in the water! When a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping near the New England tourist town of Amity Island, police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) wants to close the beaches, but mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) overrules him, fearing that the loss of tourist revenue will cripple the town. Ichthyologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and grizzled ship captain Quint (Robert Shaw) offer to help Brody capture the killer beast, and the trio engage in an epic battle of man vs. nature. The movie is compelling, well-crafted storytelling and has a huge sense of terror to ensure Steven Spielberg’s Jaws has remained a benchmark in the art of delivering modern blockbuster thrills; because without it we wouldn’t have the movies we have today. The idea of only showing the shark sometimes is a smart move and only appearing when nobody is expecting him is also a stroke of brilliance. And the trio characters is what keeps me invested throughout the third act of the movie. There may have been some popular shark movies after; but this one is the one that shall always remain iconic!

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