Amity Island encounters a threat on the innocent beach since a voluptuous woman and a young boy has been attacked by an unknown entity. After discovering it was a shark, the islands chief police Martin Brody (Roy Scheider), biologist Matt Hooper and a professional shark hunter named Quint (Robert Shaw) delves into an adventure to stop this menace from feeding. One Steven Spielberg’s earlier creations, the story is fast and continuous. Character development is likewise impeccable since you get to know the characters history and sometimes eclectic personalities. Brody is the serious, reflective and dedicated competent family man; Hooper is the rich geek who loves discovering marine life and the cocky but calculated calmness of Quint. A few memorable lines: Martin Brody – “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” “That doesn't mean we have to serve them up a smorgasbord.” Quint: “You've got city boy hands, Hooper. You been countin' money all your life.”
Delivering the lines from the 3 main leads were effective, natural and engrossing. The supporting cast did an effective job in bringing in the realism, though I did see 1 guy who was smiling when the Independence Day scene was shot, when the people were screaming while running from the water to land after a shark’s fin was present. Its cinematography is scenic and dialogue never fails to amaze. The film’s chilling tune is perfect with the suspenseful scenes and during the “Rogues” attacks. Whenever the shark appears or makes known of its present, you feel a certain fear and shock not knowing what will happen next. The “Hitchcockian” elements were epitomized such as the musical score, mystery of the shark from the first scenes, the facial expressions and distress from the victims, creating a way to capture or kill the slaughterer. Jaws have been part of innumerable lists, winning 3 Oscars and cementing its legacy as one of the greatest movies ever. If some other Director created this from an idea, it would not have been successful. Spielberg managed to make an interesting story of a horrific shark, and 3 figures which some of us can relate to. This novel to big screen transformation is truly a classic. The 30th Anniversary edition is packed with special features too.