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Hillsman -> Everlasting Brilliance (14/3/2008 11:45:11 AM)

Watched it earlier this year for the first time in ages - it speaks volumes that it was the best film I'd seen since LOTR: ROTK. Acting, Music, Direction, Script, Story....virtually flawless and utterly brilliant. How ironic that diifcult shoots, destined for disaster so often turn out so perfect!!!

!xHoTRoDx! -> Spielberg's most entertaining! (21/5/2010 10:15:49 PM)

This is also one of my favourite movies ever made.

the film man -> Jaws Review (20/1/2012 6:38:43 PM)

Compelling, well-crafted storytelling and a judicious sense of terror ensure Steven Spielberg's Jaws has remained a benchmark in the art of delivering modern blockbuster thrills.

biddy352 -> Possibly best film ever? (2/3/2012 7:45:29 PM)

Amazing enough said

agent cooper -> Spielberg's Finest and the best Blockbuster ever! (14/6/2012 10:35:58 PM)

Tickets booked for the reissue and I'm utterly giddy with anticipation to see this masterpiece on the big screen!

chris kilby -> RE: EMPIRE ESSAY 2: Jaws (24/6/2012 9:19:34 PM)

Just saw Jaws at the cinema again for the first time since 1975. It was the first film I ever saw at the flix (I was 5!) and it's still as good as ever - arguably Spielberg's best.

It is quite simply a perfect movie. Everyfin (sorry) about it is absolutely spot-on - script, direction, casting (right down to scene-stealing non-professional locals like Lee Fierro and Craig Kingsland who Quint was actually based on), acting (you could have heard a kelp fart in the surprisingly crowded cinema during Robert Shaw's Indianapolis speech), editing and the music - hoo-boy, the music. Again, arguably John Williams' best. And undoubtedly one of THE best film scores of all time. Even people who have never seen Jaws recognise that music. There's not many films that can claim that.

It's funny too. And it doesn't mess about. Neither fast-paced nor leisurely, there is not an ounce of fat on the whole movie. Each scene does what it has to then moves on, meshing perfectly with the next. Jaws is like a shark itself - a ruthless entertainment machine. Overbearing cinematic oafs like Michael Bay should be forcibly strapped down and made to watch Jaws on a constant loop, Ludovico-style, till some of the valuable lessons of this cinematic masterclass sink in.

Jaws is so of its time yet it hasn't dated at all. Both the tail-end of the played-out disaster cycle and an uncharacteristically classy example of the cheesy revenge-of-nature movies of the time. And despite what Peter Biskind says, Jaws is as much a 70s movie as Badlands or Taxi Driver - the wonderfully shifty Murray Hamilton as the venal Mayor even suggesting shades of conspiratorial Nixonian unease. Indeed Jaws straddles the American New Wave of Hollywood's ""Second Golden Age" and the blockbuster era it ushered in with an ease no other film (and no other filmmaker) could have ever hoped to achieve.

I even like the much-maligned shark. Good old Bruce doesn't look that rubbery to me and - be honest - who doesn't jump the first time his smiling fizzog looms out of the water at the criminally underrated Roy Scheider?

An undisputed classic, a cinematic triumph and 5 stars I can't imagine anyone ever disputing. And in glorious 2D stereoscopic flatovisionTM as well!

Mr Gittes -> My all-time favourite movie (9/2/2013 10:25:06 PM)

Yeah, no other flick touches this. The most perfect motion picture I've ever had the pleasure of watching.

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