#209: Jaws (1975)

When and how did I watch this?

October 15th, 2015, on a friend’s Plex account.

Had I seen this film already?


What did I know about the movie before watching it?

Finally, a landmark pop culture film. I knew it was going to be a blood fest, and probably make me laugh at times because of the poor visual effects in comparison to today’s stuff. I also knew it was an early Spielberg film, which never hurts.

What do I know about it now?


Wow, what a tension fest.  Every mauling was set up with such care.  The awful waiting, the “everything’s okay” pans and shots at the water, the terrible quiet. Another admirable trait was that not a moment was wasted. Typically with these type of movies, we’re waiting around for the next big moment. It moved quickly, but slowed down at the correct times, a feat that’s more difficult to accomplish than one might believe. The characters were complicated enough to be interesting.

I learned thereafter that this is the #9 highest grossing film of all time when adjusted for inflation.  That’s awesome.

Did this affect me personally?

Not really.  This had a lot of quality moments, and I wouldn’t call it forgettable, but I don’t have an inherent fear of sharks or anything, so I guess I’m alright.

Why is this ranked #209?

As described before, a tension thriller and a classic.  A lot of people are familiar with this and probably rate it because of its unprecedented nature. It has nice moments of gore, as well, which everyone loves.

Did my wife watch/like it?

She held my hand tightly for half the film.  I think that’s a yes.

Would I watch it again?

Without question.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

It makes a nice date movie.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

Sure, why not?

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