Sat. Sep 23rd, 2023

I’ll exit on a limb and assume that everybody studying this already is aware of the plot of “Jaws.” As yours really not too long ago wrote in regards to the movie, “48 years and who is aware of what number of inferior knockoffs later, Steven Spielberg’s OG summer season blockbuster stays the golden customary that different summer season tentpoles aspire to. However as thrilling as it’s to look at Bruce the shark terrorize the beachgoers of Amity Island, it is the human drama in between the bloodshed that retains me coming again to Spielberg’s traditional.”

The “Jaws” sequels would more and more shift their focus away from “Jaws” protagonist Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) and onto the opposite members of his household, hitting upon the identical considerations about bureaucracies and their behavior of prioritizing their backside line over the sanctity of human life as Spielberg’s authentic movie, to diminishing impact. That and a mixture of more and more unhealthy writing and low-cost filmmaking is the rationale why most individuals would let you know the sequence solely obtained worse the additional alongside it went. On the identical time, the sequels do have their redeeming qualities, like how “Jaws 2” examines Brody’s trauma from the occasions of the primary movie and the way the folks round him neglect to take his fears significantly. “Jaws: The Revenge” gave his spouse Ellen (Lorraine Gary) a equally compelling arc … you understand, in between a storyline that, sooner or later throughout its growth, concerned magical witch docs and possessed sharks.

Maybe the “Jaws” franchise is finest left precisely the place it’s: To be casually binged on Netflix by those that simply cannot get sufficient of hapless folks by accident turning into lunch for the hungry Nice White Sharks of the ocean.

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