Genre Grandeur – Jaws (1975) – MovieRob (Encore Review)

horror-filmFor this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Horror Films, here’s a review of Jaws (1975) by me.

Thanks again to Jane of 500 Days of Film for choosing this month’s interesting (if not uncomfortable for me) genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Prime Six.  He has chosen another unique genre for this coming month.  We will be reviewing our favorite Realistic Films.

Here’s his interpretation of the genre:

We all put reviews in for films we think are realistic, for example Gravity has real physics behind it and Saving Private Ryan is a realistic depiction of war.

To be clear, not ‘real’, not a true story or documentary. What comes to mind when you think of the most realistic film you’ve ever seen? So Fast and Furious and Comic book films are all (mostly?) out.

It’s a weird topic, not even a genre, more of an opinion but I think it could be interesting.

A few examples just so we can have a good idea and get the ball rolling

David Ayer crime stuff

Nolan Batman


Watchmen could have an argument


Rambo 1 / First Blood perhaps

Easy A

12 Angry Men 


There’s a huge range of genre’s covered by this topic, clearly. It could be interesting to see what people define as ‘realistic’ in Hollywood – they’re not right or wrong because it’s opinion based. 

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Sep by sending them to  Try to think out of the box! Great choice Prime Six!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:

jaws-poster-posse6“You’re gonna need a bigger boat. ” – Brody

Number of Times Seen – more than 5 times (TV, Video, DVD, 26 Jun 2007, 17 Nov 2013 and 28 Aug 2016)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A small New England town is terrorized July 4th weekend when they suspect a deadly shark has entered their waters, the local sheriff joins forces with a scientist and a fisherman to try and catch and stop the behemoth.

My Take on it – When Jane chose horror as this month’s genre, I was actually quite scared because it is my least favorite genre.

I agonized for a while trying to think of a movie that I liked that fit into this genre until I eventually realized that this film is sheer terror and fits the genre perfectly.

The best thing about this film is the way that things are left for the imagination which raises the level of suspense/terror throughout.

It takes more than half of the film before we get to even see the menacing shark and up until then, we get glimpses here and there that scare of just by thinking of what could be there lurking beneath the surface of the water.

Director Steven Spielberg utilizes John Williams score so well that even the music raises the level of fear to the point where every time I see open water, I am reminded of the theme and get chills.

The cinematography itself is done in a way to make us fear the sea also and it works so well.

Roy Scheider is amazing as the lead and he is perfectly paired with Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss and the three men seek out this deadly shark.

It’s no surprise that this film was only the second horror film to ever be nominated for Best Picture and it really was deserving of such accolades.

They ended up making 3 sequels to this film, but none of them come any where close to being as amazing as this one is.

Bottom Line – Excellent suspense/horror film that leaves so much to the imagination. Scheider is great as the lead and both Shaw and Dreyfuss work well with him on this. The way that Spielberg filmed this movie makes anyone who sees it afraid to go in the water for a while after seeing it.  The suspense aspect of it all works so well that we even get scared of the shark before seeing it quite late in the film.  None of the sequels are any good and this is the only one worth watching.  It definitely was deserving of getting a Best Picture Nomination.  Williams iconic score also helps add to the ever thrilling aspects of the film. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  Several decades later, Lee Fierro, who plays Mrs. Kintner, walked into a seafood restaurant and noticed that the menu had an “Alex Kintner Sandwich”. She commented that she had played his mother so many years ago. The owner of the restaurant ran out to meet her – none other than Jeffrey Voorhees, who had played her son. They hadn’t seen each other since the original movie shoot.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)


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