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Jaws Film Review

Updated on September 16, 2016

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The film Jaws is text book monster movie by the famed director Steven Spielberg. The film was released in 1975, but holds up today. This is proven because it was recently released on Netflix and has quickly jumped to the list of most popular films currently on Netflix. It stars Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfuss. The film has a lengthy run time at 2 hours and 4 minutes, but none are wasted.


Jaws is the prototypical monster movie, but it was one of the first of its kind. The story is known by all as it is one of the most iconic. The opening scene is of a party where one wild teen decides it is the perfect time to go swimming in the middle of the night. Her friend, who is drunk, passes out. To her dismay, she falls victim to a shark attack. After the body washes up on shore, the evil begins. The once silent town of Amity begins falling victim to vicious shark attacks. Thus, the three main characters set out on a mission to kill the watery evil.


Jaws is regarded as the greatest shark attack movie of all time. This statement holds true easily. This film is still just as exciting now as it was when it first came out in 1975. The characters are very well written and engaging. They really allow for the audience to experience the same mental anguish the sheriff feels when the Mayor insists on keeping the beach open despite the obvious threat of death. Even after two shark killings, the Mayor disregards the attacks and allows for his city to be made into a laughing stock. They put up a bounty for the shark. A group of fishermen catch a shark, but it is the wrong one. Much to the dismay of the audience townspeople, the wrong shark is brought in. Only after another innocent is killed do they take the issue seriously. That is when the three main character finally set out to catch or kill the massive oceanic invader. The bulk of suspense for the film takes place on the boat with the three characters.

The film is really engaging and provides for some insight into human nature. The Mayor represents the goal of a human to remain optimistic even in the face of obvious issue. He is more concerned with the town making money than the protection of those who provide the money for the town. He shows that sometimes our biggest demons are out own desires. The Sheriff is the ‘go-getter’ in us all. He really is the problem solver that does not sit idly by while people are in danger. There is also the scientist that displays human reason. He learns about the killer and helps to figure out a way to solve the issue. He uses wit to assist more than anything. Thus, we have the three forces all colliding to provide for an enjoyable film experience.

Final Thoughts

The film is high quality with gorgeous camera work. It has a compelling narrative that can be further analyzed to show a deeper meaning than just entertainment. The film has few flaws, and really does the less is more with the monster very well. The movie had a cultural impact that is still evident today.

Grade: A+



Comment below and tell me what you did and didn't like about the review as well as the film. Give me some movie suggestions and I will try and watch them next! In October I will be doing nothing but horror movies, so be ready!


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