Written by: McGarnagle
Ok, let's break this one down because I think I just saw a movie I liked.
Plot: If you don't know the story by now, you probably never will but, just in case, here's how a pimple-covered, 14-year old boy would describe the plot.. between hiding his uncontrollable erections with his binder at school: So, like this shark is like going around eating all these people, and then.. this sheriff guy is all like "No, fuck you shark" and then the shark like totally almost eats some one else and then the sheriff calls in this science.. shark... doctor-guy and then I forget what happens.. and then this captain takes them on like his boat and then they like go try to kill it... and stuff.
Acting: Everyone in this movie does a great job in my humble opinion. But I think Robert Shaw does a paticularily good job as Quint, especially during his USS Indianapolis monolouge... thing.
Special FX: I once read a review that trashed this movie because the shark wasn't big enough and it didn't look real enough. This, of course, came from a know-nothing, pre-pubescent ass who probably doesn't even know what the hell a VHS tape is [not that I'm really all that old but... whatever]. Two things, the shark is realistic in its large size, and secondly, the movie was made in 1975, they barely had computers, let alone a CGI studio, so keep that in mind. Besides, you can't see the shark through most of the movie anyway, coincidence I'm sure.
Directing and Cinematography: They're both excellent! The guy who directed this.. what the hell is his name again?.. oh yeah.. him. does a great job keeping suspense when needed, and using some [at the time] new and inventive techniques, such as the water-level perspective camera work. I'd say more about both the directing and cinematography, but just watch the movie if you haven't seen it... now.
Sound: Well, the music is self-explanatory for anyone who can hear.. sorry deaf crowd, but hey, at least you can read this... sorry blind crowd. The music itself is used well to create that tense feeling that the shark is present and, shit, who knows maybe even when it's not. The other sound effects are pretty good too... but come on, the music makes this.
Obviously I think this movie is great and deserves to b called a classic, but find out for yourself. I mean, millions of dollars of box office revenue can't be wrong [Just ignore The Blair Witch Poject for that one].