Jaws (1975)

I honestly can’t believe that it took me 26 years to get round to watching this movie. In my head I had the view that this movie would be far too dated to watch now. The whole thing would be a laughable mess and the people that love it so must have been hooked from when it came out in it’s hey day – blah blah.

I’ll hold my hands up. I was once again proven wrong and this film is just awesome!!


I think to some extend everyone is programmed to be scared of sharks. Sure, you might think they’re cool and be attracted to the danger, but at the end of the day nobody in their right mind is going to dive head first into shark infested water.

I’ve never really been a sea swimming gal – and after watching this I fear I won’t ever dip my toes in again – stick me round the pool where it’s nice and man made, the way I like it.

I know that probably 99% of people reading this have already seen this movie, possibly even multiple times, so I’m not going to babble on about the plot but for those of you novices like me, here’s how IMDb sum it up ‘A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a local sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down.’

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The film is actually really terrifying. It does an amazing job of scaring you witless without showing you very much. I read that this was to do with the fact that the shark they were using was a little bit accident prone and wasn’t behaving when they wanted it to – so to get around this they used different methods (POV I LOVE YOU), which in the long run has probably helped the movie stand the test of time.

Lets not lie. When you do see the big old great white you know it’s plastic fantastic but by that point you’re too frightened to care. Plastic or not – I don’t want that thing anywhere near me!

Spielberg is a master, even in his young age. He has created so many great films spanning so many genres for so many different audiences that I honesty can’t fault him. I mean, if I’m still getting frightened by a movie that was made over 40 years ago, he’s got to be doing something right.

Most of the characters were likeable, witty and fun to watch on screen. I’ll be honest I was playing a few games on my phone when I initially popped it on, but within the first 5 minutes of hearing that John Williams score, the phone was down and I was gripped.

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8/10 – It’s a classic for a reason. As soon as the movie finished I wanted to start it all over again – it’s that much fun.

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