January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 48, so I decided to watch 49 (48+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that are spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #9 of the 49.
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“I’m not going to waste my time arguing with a man who’s lining up to be a hot lunch.” – Hooper
Initial Viewing Memories – Avoiding watching this for years since I’m not a fan of horror and then found out that it’s not a horror film and finally got around to seeing it on cable in the mid-80’s where it immediately became one of my favorite films because it is so gripping and thrilling throughout.
Number of Times Seen – At least 10 times (TV, Video, DVD, 26 Jun 2007, 17 Nov 2013, 28 Aug 2016, 29 Aug 2019, 4 Jul 2021 and 5 Jan 2022)
Brief Synopsis – After a shark attack on a small New England island, the sheriff trie sto find a way to capture and kil this deadly beast.
My Take on it – Such an amazing film that plays out so well.
The story is build up in a very gripping and suspenseful way which adds so much to the thrilling aspects of it all.
The choice to keep the shark itself hidden from the viewer so much raises the tension so high and taut that is enhances things so much since the viewer remains on the edge of their seat from start to finish.
The cast is great with Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw giving the audience three very memorable characters who work so well as a team since they each compliment one another with their skills and personalities.
The music by John Williams has become one of the most iconic few notes in musical history and also adds so much to things.
Director Steven Spielberg does a wonderful job directing this movie and constantly makes the viewer feel as if they are right there with the characters as everything begins to unfold.
Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to writer Carl Gottlieb, the line “You’re gonna need a bigger boat” was not scripted, but was ad-libbed by Roy Scheider. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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