For the month of October, to celebrate the season of Halloween, I will be posting a review of a movie for each day. Movies will be old, new, vampire, slasher, zombie, ghosts, etc. If you are curious about any movies, shoot me an email! These opinions, unless otherwise noted, are all my own.
You’re going to need a bigger boat
This movie is a classic for so many reasons. My mother tells me that people were actually afraid to go into swimming pools, or even bathtubs, when it came out. From the beginning, the whole movie has a tone of suspense to it, and you’re constantly waiting for the next person in the water to get it.
And you don’t even see the shark for the first half of the movie.
This movie actually sort of feels like two movies. The first half is about how the seaside vacationland of Amity is reacting to the recent shark attacks. As scary as the shark himself is, the other scary part about this movie is how the mayor is treating the crisis. Its a commentary on human nature and greed, and is something that transcends to today. Its not farfetched to picture people downplaying shark attacks to avoid losing money on tourism, is it?
Finally, a fisherman, marine biologist, and the chief of police venture out to try to catch the shark for the second part of the movie. (Sounds like the start of a bad joke) This part of the movie moves very fast, and we see a lot of the shark. But still… the suspense is caused more by the actors and signs of the shark. (The barrels they tie to him, for example). I love this movie for not only the shark, but the acting and the scenery, too. If you haven’t seen it from beginning to end recently, you should do so. Especially now that swimming season is over 😉
Fun Facts (from IMDB)
- The shark robot was named “Bruce” in real life.
- Richard Dreyfuss originally passed on the film
- Roy Scheider improvised the famous line “You’re gonna need a bigger boat”
- After the shark was built, it was never tested in the water, and when it was put in the water at Martha’s Vineyard, it sank straight to the ocean floor. It took a team of divers to retrieve it.
- Peter Benchley (author of the book the movie was based off of) was thrown off the set because he objected so much to the end of the movie