The Ultimate Summer Blockbuster: Jaws

As Hollywood continues to churn out summer blockbuster movies, I thought it was a good time to pay homage to the film that started it all way back in 1975 -- Jaws, directed by Steven Spielberg, based on Peter Benchley's bestselling novel about a Great White Shark causing mayhem in the beaches of a tourist-dependent island resort town called Amity.  There were other big hit movies before Jaws came along, of course, but the thriller about the killer shark became a phenomenon that started the studio trend of releasing tentpole pictures during the summer months to attract the out-of-school and summer vacation crowds looking for a little (or a lot)escapist entertainment.  Before The Omen, before Star Wars, Jaws set the standard for what Hollywood could expect, changing show business forever.

For the negative connotations that "summer blockbusters" now evoke, it should be remembered that Jaws was an excellent movie.  The cast, including Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, and Robert Shaw, gave award-caliber performances.  Spielberg's direction was top-notch and an early example of the brilliant movie-making career that would follow.  John Williams simple but chilling musical score perfectly set the mood for the story that would make audiences "afraid to go in the water" for years to come.

This Memorial Day Weekend, if you're looking for a movie to watch, why not revisit the classic Jaws.  And if you still have never seen it, what better time then now to give it a look?


Peter said… was Jaws 2...But they ruin the spine chilling atmosphere with Jaws 3 and made child's play out of that shark...One of the worst movies ever made!!!