Reviewed By Scott Weinberg
Posted 07/18/99 04:39:08

"Simply brilliant."
5 stars (Awesome)

Spielberg's classic about a man-eating shark terrorizing a New York beach community. Jaws is a movie that excels at so many levels, it may be close to the perfect movie. Rarely does one movie so deeply ingrain itself into popular culture. Remember that this movie made millions of people afraid of WATER!

What more needs to be said? I feel like I'm trying to sell aspirin to the AMA. If, for some surreal reason, you've never actually SEEN Jaws, I wonder if you even know what a movie is. The only people who won't get shit from me for not seeing this classic are those under 6 years old.

You know the scene in the very beginning, where the skinny-dipping girl gets devoured? When she first gets bitten, listen carefully to these gaspy noises she makes. I just bet that sound effect was a contribution from Spielberg. It's really creepy. Aside from the terrifying shark scenes, the movie contains several smaller scenes that are just as memorable. (Our three heroes comparing scars or Quint's terrible story of his history with sharks.)

Anyway, if you've never seen Jaws, here's a short list of things to do:

1. Get TBS, since they run Jaws about every 33 hours.
2. Move to a larger rock.
3. Spend less time online and more time in your video store.

Jaws is simply one of the most original, entertaining and well-made movies of the last 50 years. It's been dissected, analyzed, copied, ripped off, parodied and emualted. It strikes a dark chord of primal fear into people, because deep down we're all just cavemen trying to stay uneaten.

Roy Scheider gives a strong performance as Brody, Chief of Police in Amity Island, NY. When a nasty series of shark attacks threaten the local waters, he enlists a clever icthyologist (Richard Dreyfus) and a salty sea captain (Robert Shaw) to help kill the beast. Of course, there is the slimy politician (Murray Hamilton) who insists the beaches stay open. It's tourist season after all. Just a wonderful movie.

As a matter of fact, if you've never seen Jaws, I have the ultimate punishment:

You have to watch all the sequels.

If you took this review and Xeroxed it one million times, THIS ONE would still be the ORIGINAL. Get it?

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