Jaws

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Jaws

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  • View Profile for FilmBuff76FilmBuff76

    I'm relieved that Jaws hasn't gone through the shoddy 3D conversion grinder just to make a few more bucks. I wonder if George Lucas had a chat with Spielberg about replacing Bruce (i.e. the mechanical shark) with a digital version. I wouldn't be surprised if he did...

    Posted 20:04 | Mon 11th Jun 2012
  • View Profile for PaulPaul

    Back To The Future is legendary, Kick Ass is a brilliant movie, but will never have the status of BTTF, and will never deserve to. And for me personally, i'd never give Kick Ass 5 stars. As for Jaws, incredible movie, a true classic, easily deserving it's 5 stars, but far from being Spielberg's greatest movie. Putting aside my own love for the Jurassic Park movies, many of his other movies, such as the Indiana Jones movies, E.T., Schindler's List etc... surpass Jaws.

    Posted 22:55 | Mon 11th Jun 2012
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    the movie is fab BUT the thing you need to change is the grafics they're not so good just saying

    Posted 11:26 | Tue 12th Jun 2012
  • View Profile for PaulPaul

    I'm kinda with Film Buff and Stephanie. On one hand, i like that Spielberg rarely messes with his movies (Aside from the 2002 E.T., while not quite the raping of Star Wars by Lucas, which wasn't the wisest movie), but on the other hand, i think when you re-release a movie like Jaws, the graphics do come into question, and while the movie as a whole is fantastic, the shark itself doesn't quite hold up to, say, the sharks from Deep Blue Sea. But thanks to it's age and surroundings, a touched up CGI enhanced shark wouldn't fit in.

    Posted 14:01 | Tue 12th Jun 2012
  • View Profile for NoelNoel

    The shark still works...no need to spruce up Bruce. "Jaws" displays Spielberg's best directorial work, and when you add a perfectly-pitched script (these are fully-rounded characters - not a lot of them about lately at the cinema) the results still catch the imagination. Looking forward to seeing this on the big screen again (still remember seeing this in 1976 at the...Carlton? Central?).

    Posted 10:27 | Sat 16th Jun 2012
  • View Profile for str8edge180str8edge180

    It is incorrect to assume that any special effects from 1975 can hold up to today's standards, in my opinion. You can only compare the special effects in "Jaws" to similarly budgeted films from that era. Bring on the mechanical shark and the graphics, I can do 1975 for a night. Isn't that what re-releases are all about ?

    Posted 18:26 | Sat 16th Jun 2012
  • View Profile for GavinGavin

    I like Deep Blue Sea, but the sharks in it were never scary, being obvious digital creations. I'd argue that they look worse now than the shark in Jaws - CG always dates quicker than mechanics. It's a testament to the tension of the film that Jaws can remain unsettling today despite the questionable effects. Spielberg is sparse with his reveals, only showing the shark fully in its glory on several occasions.

    Posted 09:51 | Sun 17th Jun 2012
  • View Profile for PaulPaul

    @Noel... I love Jaws, i do, it's incredible, i'll always say that. But is Spielberg's directing on it really better than his work on Schindler's List? Jaws is amazing, but Schindler's List is not even considered a movie it's so well made. And to be lighter, i still prefer E.T. Anyone can make a shark movie, but could anyone else create and design E.T. ?

    Posted 17:19 | Mon 18th Jun 2012
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    I agree Gavin, CGI ages much worse (Look at Jaws 3D, crap movie with awful effects), but i have to say, although again i agree that the DBS sharks are not as scary as Jaws, they're still far more dimensional. The reason Spielberg was so sparse with Jaws is because he knew that the mechanics wouldn't hold up under scrutiny, even back then, it's kinda like people wearing one-piece bikinis, they show what they think will work, but try to hide everything else.

    Posted 17:23 | Mon 18th Jun 2012
  • View Profile for moana610moana610

    look jaws is a wondeful horror film. and my 15 year old self have see a 4 films jaws:great jaws 2:just as good jaws 3 or 3D: sucked and jaws the revinge sucked more then 3D

    Posted 02:24 | Tue 19th Jun 2012
  • View Profile for NoelNoel

    @Paul "...but could anyone else create and design E.T. ?" - Yes, Carlo Rimbaldi... I will always contend that "Jaws" is a better film than "Schindler's List", because I abhor the way the Holocaust is presented as a story of triumph due to individual heroic action. I also agree with many critics who believe that you cannot fictionalise the Holocaust, as it is unrepresentable; to use Hitchcockian tactics (the shower that could be gas but - phew! - is only water, is just one sequence that is an appalling choice) to render these events is a no-no, I believe. Come on, Noel, you might protest. This is Hollywood - it's only a movie, etc. But I counter with, Yes, it may be only a movie, but the collective memory of the Holocaust - the most glaring example of man's propensity to evil - is now based on a billionaire movie-maker's wish-fulfillment fantasy project. Makes me uneasy. "Jaws", on the other hand, is a real movie, that makes its subtle points about Watergate and Vietnam without drawing attention to its maker's egocentric hold on history.

    Posted 12:58 | Tue 19th Jun 2012
  • View Profile for NoelNoel

    I'd also add, concerning Spielberg's direction: "Jaws" is a lean, efficient example of something approaching pure cinema (if such a thing actually exists), while "Schindler's List" makes a lot of bad directorial choices and is very bloated in my opinion (the best parts of the film are due, not to Spielberg's direction, but to Michael Kahn's editing, Janusz Kaminski's cinematography, and, above all, John Williams' music - although, I have to say, the music is often used to browbeat the audience into shedding tears). One example: the girl with the red coat - does the Bearded One think we are stupid and won't get it without the colour? "Rumble Fish" it ain't!

    Posted 13:05 | Tue 19th Jun 2012
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    @Noel Schindler's List was never intended to be as grim as it's counterparts. It's a Jewish filmmaker thanking a man by way of film for standing up for good and saving millions of fellow Jewish people. It IS a story triumph, it was never sold as being otherwise, even the theatrical posters/ home releases portray the holding hands to ward off the intention it being as harsh as previous holocaust movies. And let's be fair, it did launch our own Liam Neeson into massive superstardom, which was a huge up for Ireland. And in my own humble opinion, the main theme of Schindler's List by John Williams is the greatest piece of music ever recorded, i even put it above my own personal favourite music artists/ bands, it's incredible, hence it's Oscar. As for the colouring in the movie, the red coat, candles etc... again this is intended to project heart and hope into a horrificly dark story. And to say Spielberg made it for money is cruel, considering he is a Jewish man himself, he made it because he cared for the story, if money motivated him, why did he leave post production of the biggest movie in his career, Jurassic Park, to George Lucas, while he left to make Schindler's List? Jurassic Park became the biggest movie in history back then, making almost 1 billion dollars.

    Posted 14:22 | Tue 19th Jun 2012
  • View Profile for NoelNoel

    Come on, Paul. I NEVER said he did it for the money... I'm not cruel, honest I'm not. My opinion is that it is unethical to fictionalise the Holocaust directly. I don't care how hopeful and full of heart it is. We now have an abiding memory - collectively - of that awful event as somehow "leavened" by this heroic story. I'm saying many people get their history completely through cinema - not cinema's fault, I know - and this box-office juggernaut is responsible for skewering the memory of the event. It's too cosy for me, if you can see where I'm coming from. And I love that main theme. But I listen to it without the visuals these days. Incidentally, just back from "Jaws"...magic.

    Posted 19:07 | Tue 19th Jun 2012
  • View Profile for PaulPaul

    I'm not calling you cruel, Noel, i just think to consider the movie a fantasy project spells money to me. I do understand what you're driving at. But i do feel there are 2 sides to every horrific event, there are the evil people, of course, but then there are the good people, and every now and then, rather than see how horrific such terror was, i like to see a counterbalance where instead of filling a movie with the message that the world is evil, we actually see the side of it that brought out the best in people. 911 for example, we all know cops and firefighters are great at what they do, but was it just me or did that horrible day show just how great those people really are? I think we, as human beings, have the Scrooge complex where instead of being shown everything awful in the world, we do want to see some good that came from it. Hurricane Katrina = Countless lost lives, families destroyed, towns wiped away. How about Hurricane Katrina = Brave people stepping in to help save lives, people who worked to build new homes, to bring care to the survivors, the people who started fundraisers etc... It's the very same thing with the holocaust, unimaginable evil and horror, but there were people who fought against it, even people on the German side, such as Oskar Schindler himself. His story can't be portrayed as a negative one, only a positive one.

    Posted 23:01 | Tue 19th Jun 2012
  • View Profile for PaulPaul

    PS - I must agree on the movie's theme, i also listen to it without the visuals very often, remains my favourite piece of music in the world. But strangely enough, my second favourite piece is another holocaust-inspired theme, from The Delta Force (My favourite movie of the 1980s), there's a theme that runs through the movie, but finds it's true impact in a scene where the German stewardess is asked to call out the names of the Jewish passengers on the flight, to which she refuses at first, but is then forced to call the names, then we find out that these very passengers were survivors of the holocaust. And i should mention, this storyline from the movie was based on fact (As where the other sequences, but pieced together to create the one movie), my parents often tell me of their memories when the headlines made the worldwide news, for example, the young Navy soldier being shot in the back and thrown from the plane, which was shown live on air. Here is that theme if you want to hear it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1Ai4QWs4xk

    Posted 23:19 | Tue 19th Jun 2012
  • View Profile for NoelNoel

    Yep, that's a pretty good piece of music. If I was to think about my favourite pieces, I would come up with a list like my choices below. The first and last are great themes and the middle two are existing pieces of music that are brilliantly used in two films: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JM15oUjdXh4&feature=fvwrel (What a piece of music) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKw5mbcE7VY (The ending to "Traffic" gets me every time) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfGR6jaOfuY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05n8yr9Vz-o

    Posted 01:50 | Wed 20th Jun 2012
  • View Profile for NoelNoel

    I think it is fitting that we are trading film themes in a "Jaws" forum (the most recognisable theme of all). This is a great piece by Pino Donaggio to complement the last one above. Very few scores, I find, are so sutured into a film that they become part of the driving force of the visuals - quite literally. To see what I'm getting at, recall the way music is used during the motorbike/truck chase at the start of "Terminator 2" - that is one fantastic bit of music-imagery interplay. Then have a look at "Carrie" in its entirety. Pino Donaggio is underrated.

    Posted 02:00 | Wed 20th Jun 2012
  • View Profile for NoelNoel

    Forgot the link above: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZJ0df1LZVE&feature=related

    Posted 02:01 | Wed 20th Jun 2012
  • View Profile for PaulPaul

    I love John Barry's work, some amazing stuff, not even counting James Bond. That's a lovely theme you've posted, never heard it before. There was a movie on one morning afew weeks ago called Somewhere In Time (Christopher Reeve), i hadn't seen it, really liked it, and this theme caught my attention straight off, love it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf8C_fkEXqQ Can't believe i haven't seen Traffic, must see that sometime. I like movies using already popular music, especially if it's done right, like Platoon's usage of Adagio For Strings. Hahaha, it does seem ironic the trading movie themes under Jaws, funny how a few simple bars can become so famous. I agree about scores feeling like they drive the movie, but it rarely works outside of action movies. T2 of course is legendary, the score's almost as brilliant as the movie itself, same for Terminator 1. Movies like The Rock, Speed 1 and 2, Bad Boys, Con Air, Sudden Death etc all have scores that drive the whole movie, wheras movies like Die Hard don't use a driving score, which is always a shame for me. And to go back to another comment of mine, The Delta Force has possibly the best action movie theme i've ever heard, one of a very few action movies to have 2 central score themes. Completely agree on Carrie, wasn't keen on the movie, but the score did grab my attention, it added so much more to the movie than was in the visuals. Pino's music is brilliant, he is underrated.

    Posted 00:10 | Thu 21st Jun 2012
  • View Profile for PaulPaul

    Here's the main theme for Delta Force, from my Youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQUeQOIlcDM I originally had a YT channel i used for movie themes, and this was crazy popular, had around 5 million views, but the channel was shut down thanks to various record companies. You'd have liked my old channel :)

    Posted 00:19 | Thu 21st Jun 2012
  • View Profile for Display NameDisplay Name

    Jaws was actually a gay shark.

    Posted 17:55 | Thu 21st Jun 2012
  • View Profile for PaulPaul

    He did give good head... So perhaps...

    Posted 22:45 | Thu 21st Jun 2012
  • View Profile for cadedashcadedash

    jaws is a part of growing up like indy and bttf .all part of bein a kid n goin wow that was so cool .

    Posted 19:40 | Fri 22nd Jun 2012
  • View Profile for NoelNoel

    I see where you're coming from cadedash, but "Jaws" makes even the most "adult" of today's blockbusters look like kid's stuff. For one thing, the film's dialogue is brilliant and doesn't assume the audience is made up of a bunch of morons masquerading as cynical know-it-alls. Name me ONE modern blockbuster that treats its audience with as much respect. Loved "Jaws" when I was 10; love it 35 years later.

    Posted 19:56 | Fri 22nd Jun 2012
  • View Profile for PaulPaul

    Noel In fairness (Sorry for butting in, hahaha), Jaws has dialogue just as silly as most new movies. "We're gonna need a bigger boat". Jaws is a blockbuster, of course, but we can't really put it into the bracket of overly intelligent movies, it is a shark eating a bunch of dumb people at a seaside after all. If anyone were to compare Jaws with, say, Chris Nolan's Inception , they'd see a huge shift in intelligence.

    Posted 23:29 | Fri 22nd Jun 2012
  • View Profile for NoelNoel

    Yes, because "Jaws" is a lot more intelligent than "Inception". That line you quoted is not one I'd pick for its silliness at all; I would say it is a perfect line, actually, given the events depicted in the film. No denying that "Jaws" is a high-concept Summer blockbuster - the very first one, in fact. But, unlike you Paul, I DO put it into the bracket of overly intelligent movies. It's not "Fanny and Alexander" or "Three Colours: Blue" - or even "Munich". But it is a superbly intelligent piece of cinema. Film doesn't have to deal with the "Big Issues" to be great or intelligent. Is there any piece of dialogue in "Inception" (a film I like a lot) that is as "intelligent" as the following?: BRODY: It doesn't make any sense when you pay a guy like you to watch sharks. HOOPER: Well, it doesn't make much sense for a guy who hates the water to live on an island, either. BRODY: It's only an island if you look at it from the water. HOOPER: That makes a lot of sense. You're not going to get that in "The Avengers" or (*insert ANY recent summer blockbuster here*). And I haven't even mentioned the Indianapolis speech... In fact, to address your very first sentence above: I cannot think of one single line in "Jaws" that could be described as silly as most new movies. I think each and every line delivered in "Jaws" comes from finally-wrought character work that is a rare thing indeed in today's cinema. A pity in a way, because Spielberg's film proved a bit of a double-edged sword: while "Jaws" is what I regard as a "great" film (in the sense that it is purely cinematic in a way that doesn't involve BIG ISSUES, but rather, as you say, deals with "a bunch of dumb people..."), it was also responsible for heralding in a new era of mediocre and safe American cinema - right at a time when American cinema had developed into a really avant-garde and, yes, "overly intelligent" collection of films (in the wake of the BBS group and films like "Easy Rider", which broke the hold of the major studios). After "Jaws", films like "Mean Streets", "The Parallax View", or "McCabe amp; Mrs Miller" would never again find their audiences in the theatres and would be increasingly marginalised. Hence, a huge falling off of quality. All because of the success of "Jaws" (and later, "Star Wars" of course). Imagine, young people flocked to films like "Bonnie amp; Clyde", "Klute", "Deliverance", Scorsese, Cassavetes, Penn, Pakula... Then "Jaws" swims into view...Still the most intelligent high-concept blockbuster ever made. But, not only did it eat a bunch of dumb people at a seaside, it opened the door to dumb movies.

    Posted 13:12 | Sat 23rd Jun 2012

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