One of the best films ever made turns 40 today. Released on June 20th 1975, twenty-one months before I was born, JAWS and it's popularity would have a big impact on my childhood. For the longest time the film scared me to death. It got so ridiculous that my dad would call me into the living room if the movie was playing on television or HBO. I think he got a kick out of scaring me!
It wasn't until I was a teenager that I conquered my fear and watched JAWS in it's entirety. I had seen the movie before but only in bits and pieces. And in seeing those bits and pieces, not to mention parts of the sequels on HBO thinking they were the original, made seeing the original in one sitting much more important.
The rest is history. I was hooked! The film still scared me, but at the same time I conquered that fear. Much like Brody and his fear of the water.
So usually this is when I write what the movie is about but seeing that JAWS is 40 years old and still a classic, I'm sure it's fine if I skip it.
What can I saw about JAWS that hasn't already been praised about by millions? The answer is nothing. But in honor of 40 years, I'll share what I love about the film!
No matter how many times I see the film, the tension is still the same for me. Every time.
I'm sure if you watch and examine you'll find faults (because no movie is perfect), but I consider JAWS a perfect film.
I love the fact that I got to see a 35mm film print of JAWS in a theater before studios stopped doing that by forcing theaters to convert digitally.
And lastly, my favorite scene is JAWS has to been when Brody, Hooper, and Quint are in the Orca getting drunk and singing.
If you wanna celebrate, select theaters are showing JAWS this month! Check your local listings/theaters.
Happy 40th anniversary JAWS,