This weekend…don’t go in the water.
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s 1975 shark attack masterpiece, Cedar Lee is floating Jaws our way, screening all weekend at 9:30 PM and also at 11:59 PM Saturday. If by some freak chance you haven’t caught the film at some point over the last four decades, Jaws, based on the novel by Peter Benchley, tells the story of a great white shark wreaking havoc in the waters of Amity Island, full of unsuspecting swimmers and tourists (otherwise known as “hot lunch” in this film).
Aside from the legendary Spielberg, the movie is studded with all-stars. Played by Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, and my fav Richard Dreyfuss, our shark hunting protagonists have such a realistic dynamic its a damn shame they don’t all survive the film and reunite for any of the three shitty yet entertaining sequels. But that’s okay, because Jaws s a near perfect film.
It’s loaded with memorable, intense scenes and sharp quotes- most notably the oft riffed upon “You’re gonna need bigger boat.” And while the acting, effects, and dialogue are top notch, Jaws also spawned one of the greatest, most menacing film scores of all time, crafted by Spielberg’s go-to composer John Williams, who went on to score Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park and so many more.
All these reasons and more make Jaws hands down one of the most iconic films ever made. It rocketed Spielberg to A-list status and give him the ability to shoot any film he could dream of, and was the first true summer Hollywood blockbuster. With a theatrical run back in ’75 of over three months, Jaws became the first film to rake in over $100 million at the box office, and it’s no surprise really. Unlike the billion dollar movies being released today, Jaws actually packed some bite like nothing audiences had experienced before,.
But if you’re like me, and have only caught the film on VHS or TV, you’re gonna need a bigger screen