The Movie Comparison Of Jaws And The Movie

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Jaws was a mammoth success as a movie, but before it was a movie, it was a very successful novel that was on the best sellers list for 44 weeks. Jaws was written in 1974 by Peter Benchley. It is a story of a great white shark that preys upon a small resort community and the efforts of three men trying to kill it and stop its destructive attacks. After he learned about the exploits of shark fisherman Frank Mundus in 1964, Benchley's interest in shark attacks manifested into this novel. Doubleday publishing had commissioned Benchley to write the novel in 1971. Little did Benchley know that, as a struggling freelance writer, his novel, Jaws, would become one of the greatest movies of all time, as cited by film critics and industry professionals. To transform a bestselling novel into a major motion picture is no easy task for any director, much less an inexperienced director like Steven Spielberg. Inevitably, there are things that change as the story is transformed into a movie; artful changes to the storyline. What works on the pages of the book does not always will work on the movie screen. The film adaptation of Jaws did follow the fundamental story from the novel, but there were some slight tweaks to the characters. They changed just enough to keep the audience’s attention from diverting to side stories and staying focused upon the biggest plot: the great white shark devouring the tourists. Spielberg wanted to stay true to the novel's basic plot, while avoiding Benchley's many subplots and twists. Although there are several changes to the storyline, the most obvious and substantial character change was to Ellan and Brodie and their marriage. Spielberg suggested to the screenwriter a change to Brody's character, making him an aqua... ... middle of paper ... ...thetic and wanted the shark to win. Jaws won three Academy Awards for Best Film Editing, Best Original Dramatic Score, and Best Sound. John Williams's score won the Grammy Award, the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, and the Golden Globe Award. Jaws was, also, chosen Favorite Movie at the People's Choice Awards. American Film Institute ranked “Bruce” the shark at number 18 on its list of the 50 Best Villains. Jaws will forever be a thrilling ride through the annuls of time. Whether you are watching for the first or fiftieth time, when the shark comes up from the deep dark bottom of the sea, that little chill down your spine will follow. If it weren’t for the book, the move would not have been created and the world would have missed out a spectacular and terrifying journey. However, this is one of the only times it can be said, the movie exceeded the book in every way.

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