Scaring Generations Out of the Water - JAWS

The movie Jaws premiered in 1975 and was based on the best-selling novel by Peter Benchley. The film is known as the movie that scared a generation out of the water. The film broke box office records of the time by grossing over $260 million. Set in a small coastal town where the beaches are plagued by a killer shark, the plot follows the police chief Martin Brody (played by Roy Scheider), as he teams up with marine biologist Matt Hooper (played by Richard Dreyfuss) and ship captain Quint (played by Robert Shaw). Together, the three men work to protect the locals and tourists from the creature lurking in the water. The iconic film has impacted a lot of people, and today we are going to take a look at four different reviews of the film.  The movie Jaws premiered in 1975 and was based on the best-selling novel by Peter Benchley. The film is known as the movie that scared a generation out of the water. The film broke box office records of the time by grossing over $260 million. Set in a small coastal town where the beaches are plagued by a killer shark, the plot follows the police chief, Martin Brody, as he tries to protect the locals and tourists from the creature lurking in the water. The iconic film has impacted a lot of people, and today we are going to take a look at four different reviews of the film. 

It’s not just about a killer shark. It’s not just a fun adventure movie. It actually has quite a bit of heart to it and real characters that are likable and feel like real people.

Chris Stuckmann gives a review of one of his favorite movies, Jaws. Stuckmann starts off with a general summary of the film before diving into his opinion of the movie. He reflects nostalgically on the first time he ever saw the movie as a kid but quickly gets to the meat of the story. Stuckmann touches on his favorite aspects of the movie from the suspense and character building to John William’s scores and their impact on the film. Stuckmann believes Jaws has withstood the test of time and is still a great hit even by today’s standards. Stuckmann’s gives the film an A+ review.

Now, a movie review can be colored by past experiences. Some critically acclaimed films are considered masterpieces by people who saw them when they originally premiered. However, people who view those same movies today don’t understand the appeal. The cinematic effects just can’t compare so the movie loses some of its polish. In the case of Jaws, while Stuckmann may have loved this movie since he was a child, he isn’t the only one who believes it is still a hit by today’s standards. Ashleigh Burton gives our next review and she brings a millennial perspective to the movie. 

Honestly, I didn’t think the shark looked that bad… they did a really good job with the suspense of not seeing the shark the entire time.

In her Millennial Movie Monday series, Ashleigh Burton gives a review of her first time watching Jaws. Burton is a fan of suspense movies and was curious to experience the 1975 film after growing up with CGI and enhanced special effects. Burton starts off the review by giving her previous knowledge of the film, which is not much. Going into the movie, Burton knew it was about a shark and had heard several comments from people that the shark looked really fake.

As the film progresses, we get to see Burton’s reactions to various movie moments. She even has to pause the film after one, particularly startling, jump scare to calm herself. Overall, Burton was impressed with the film and gave it a 5/5 review.     

That was exhausting. That was mentally exhausting.

Like Burton, Nasser knew very little about Jaws before he watched the movie. He didn’t even know it was directed by Steven Spielberg or scored by John Williams. Throughout the review, Nasser is impressed by the cinematic shots and the suspenseful atmosphere. He brings attention to some of the artistry behind the film making and appreciates the clever directing decisions Spielberg makes through the movie. 

Nasser’s review is also similar to Burton’s in that we get to see his reaction to movie scenes as they’re happening. The tension and stress of the suspenseful movie are clear in Nasser’s reactions. Ultimately, Nasser found the movie incredibly stressful, but in a good way. He appreciated the artful buildup of tension as well as the numerous jump scares throughout the movie. 

Any remake of Jaws that went on today would be 90 percent CGI, so right off the bat it’s not going to have the same feel the original did.

The last three reviews have all been pretty straightforward, but this last one is a bit more involved. Mark Reilly along with Samm Levine take a deep dive into Jaws by discussing the film, the book, and a few of the other franchise films. However, while the first three reviews strictly stuck to discussing Jaws, Reilly’s review covers Jaws before moving on to stories from being on a movie set with Samm Levine as well as more general film making discussion. The first 17 minutes of the show is all about Jaws, but after that, the topics are broader so if you’re just interested in the movie review then you can watch until the 17-minute mark.

Overall, each YouTuber, whether watching Jaws for the first time or long-time fans, came to the same conclusion about the film - it was great. Everyone could see why the movie is a classic and how it could influence so many people.