Jaws (1975)

“What!? You’ve never seen Jaws?” you ask. Nope, not until last night. This award winning classic is our 21st, of 31 nights of horror.

Yes, it took me a long time to finally watch this movie. Mostly because… well, it’s such a well known film, I kinda knew what was going to happen without watching it. That being said, I would be remiss if I never watched such a classic and influential piece of cinematic history.

You know what? It holds up really well. There’s something to be said for practical effects when expertly done. Yes, the shark does look a little fake when it’s climbing on the boat at the end, but it’s such a quick and tense scene, you don’t really notice. Also, to be honest, I don’t think it would be much more convincing if done today in CGI.

Something that struck me is that, forty years later, the first half of the movie is a pretty spot on allegory for the current political situation surrounding climate change.

Not much to add really. Giant shark eats people, people get upset, people hunt shark, fun times ensue. If, like me, you have never watched the movie before, it is well worth it. There’s a reason it has spawned a hundred imitators and was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation.

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