I recently watched Jaws, the summer blockbuster. Well, part of it, since it was already a few minutes in.
(I watched it dubbed into spanish, and I really prefer it in the original english-spoken audio, so that kinda down-played my experience.)
I don’t remember I have ever watched it completely, at least, the way I like watching movies: with good video and audio quality, without interruptions, in it’s entirety (from start to finish, well into the credits to identify staff, not so much actors), and if I know the language, in it’s original audio form.
Anyway, I watched it through and thought: “what a good movie”. I am no movie critic, but I felt some performances, at some points, specially the main character, where a bit over-the-top, or even histrionic, but didn’t really bother me. I felt like the whole story, the characters, the execution, even the sound score, all played in its favor to make an awesome flick.
I don’t know why I had this idea that it was a famous movie but kinda far-fetched or old fashioned, great for it’s time but outdated for today’s standards, but those ideas were gone while I watched. I was gladly surprised to find out how cool it was. Left me wanting to watch the sequels, even though I read that they are not as good. And I don’t remember if I ever watched ’em.
It was a coincidence that I happened to hear, in a non-movie-related speech, the pitch with which the project was pushed:
A police chief, with a phobia for open water, battles a gigantic shark with an appetite for swimmers and boat captains, in spite of a greedy town council who demands that the beach stays open.
I just loved the way it synthesizes the whole enchilada.
Wanted to make a note to remember it as inspiration for my own stories… so here.