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Re: I saw Jaws recently for the first time since I was about 12
I'm pretty surprised to have it as a pick for "gee, weren't summer blockbusters better in the GOOD OLD DAYS?" smarmy-old-man sentiment. But rewatching it I'm even more surprised that pretty much all 125 minutes of it are spent non-wastefully. The economy of character and plotting really does seem classier and better handled than some crappy thrill-ride would be today, none of the three main characters are ciphers or anything.
And yeah, again, a reminder of what a gore-meister Spielberg is. In one shot you can see chunks of Robert Shaw stuck in the shark's teeth. Spielberg you sick young f***. Has he killed any kids in his movies recently? Jaws
has a kid splashing around in his own blood while a fuggin shark eats him, and then Close Encounters
is about Richard Dreyfuss running away from his new family for good.