“The American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest Movies was selected by AFI’s blue-ribbon panel of more than 1,500 leaders of the American movie community to commemorate 100 Years of Movies”. Every weekend(ish) during 2015, I’ll review two(ish), counting them down from 100 to 1.
“It’s only an island of you look at it from the water.”
I think some movies are perfect. That doesn’t necessarily mean I love them or think that they’re up there with the all time greats. It means that I think they set out to be a certain kind of movie, and they execute that perfectly. The actors perfectly perform the dialogue, which perfectly matches the tone, which is created by perfect direction. ‘Perfect’ in all of these instances is relative to the movie itself, not movies in general. Jaws is a movie that’s not only perfect, it’s also a movie that I love and think is up there with the all time greats.
After a midnight skinny dip goes awry and a mutilated women’s body is found washed up on the beach, island holiday town Sherriff, Brody (Roy Scheider) tries to close the beaches to the public. The only problem is, it’s the first days of summer, which is when pretty much every business in the island makes its money for the year. The threat of losing tourist dollars is worse than the threat of whatever might be in the water. Until a young boy is taken and killed by something under the surface, in the middle of the day, in front of a beach full of witnesses. (more…)