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Jaws Movie Analysis

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Jaws' is the original summer blockbuster, setting the standard by which all others are measured. It's the Michael Jordan of cinema: there will never be another 'Jaws,' simply because the film so profoundly changed the way movies are made and marketed. Based on Peter Benchley's bestselling novel, 'Jaws' centers around the fictional North Atlantic resort island of Amity, which finds itself terrorized by an enormous great white shark. Our hero is Martin Brody, a New York cop who took the job as Chief of the Amity PD to get his family out of the city and then finds himself in the midst of an unprecedented crisis none of his prior experience has prepared him for. The remains of young Christine Watkins are found on the beach, the apparent victim of a shark attack(Chrissie Watkins' death scene at the opening of the movie is one of the most legendary in the history of film). Chief Brody wants to close the beaches, but is refused permission …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that jaws is the original summer blockbuster, setting the standard by which all others are measured. it's the michael jordan of cinema.
  • Analyzes how 'jaws' centers around the fictional north atlantic resort island of amity, which finds itself terrorized by an enormous great white shark.
  • Analyzes how chief brody confronts his own moral guilt for hushing up the first shark attack and an enormous human and social catastrophe which appears to be his sole responsibility. matt hooper, an icthyologist and oceanographer, fights in vain against both the shark and mayor vaughan.
  • Analyzes how brody and hooper charter an expedition with the enigmatic, vaguely malevolent quint (robert shaw) to find and kill the shark and save the town from financial disaster.
  • Opines that robert shaw's quint is one of the greatest anti-heroes the movies have ever seen. he is funny and frightening all at once.
  • Opines that steven spielberg is a phenomenally skillful and artful director, mixing horror with comedy to brilliant effect, getting great performances out of his actors, and his love for special effects has never overwhelmed his understanding of story and character.
  • Analyzes how spielberg's special effects team had yet to troubleshoot 'bruce,' the mechanical shark, in the cold and corrosive north atlantic seawater.
  • Analyzes how 'jaws' succeeds on almost every level. the suspense is potent and the action thrilling, but the humor, emotion, and character development make this movie more than a summer blockbuster.

It is terrifying without being grotesque, and spectacular without being unbelievable (if the shark looks a little fake, remember that, at the time 'Jaws' was released, 'Space Invaders' was on the cutting edge of computer graphics design and there was no such thing as 'Shark Week on the Discovery Channel'). Roy Scheider's Brody is a quintessential everyman, an average guy beset by fear and guilt who finds himself in extraordinary circumstances and rises to the occasion. Dreyfuss' Hooper is brash and brave enough not to come off as nerdy or self-righteous, and his friendship with Brody becomes the backbone of the movie (Spielberg and screenwriter Carl Gottlieb wisely deviated from the novel in regards to the character of Hooper, who was originally Brody's nemesis). Robert Shaw's Quint is a modern-day Captain Ahab, a worthy foe for the malevolent shark. The suspense is potent and the action thrilling, but the humor, emotion, and character development make this movie much more than a summer

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