Monday, June 4, 2012
Things that bugged me about "Jaws"
First, let me saw "Jaws" is one of my favorite movies of all time. There have always been a few things that just kind of rubbed me the wrong way. This weekend I had a chance to examine them when my scratched copy of the DVD kept going back to different spots and since I was to lazy to get up and turn it off or try and fix the DVD I watched these same spots over and over and over and over and over again. So I'm nice and pumped for this! There are really only two things that have ever bugged me, 1st is Mayor Larry Vaughn and his insistence that someone go in to the water on weekend where everything goes to hell and Jaws almost kills Chief Brody's kid. Why does this bug me? For the mayor his whole motivation is money for the town, so you've already got the tourists to the island. It's an island your audience is completely captive, what difference does it make if they go swimming or not? I do get the idea that some of these people may take another trip later and may decide to not come back as a result of not wanting to get eaten by a shark. The last thing he should want though is another incident, you've had two big ones, and it'd be a good idea to keep any future incidents to a minimum. This legitimately ruined the rest of the summer and probably put most of the population on welfare for the winter. Speaking of which, my idea for Jaws 2 would've had no shark in it at all! it would've been the population of Amity Island dealing with the poverty brought on by the loss of the summer income. The second thing that really bugged me was always just this quote from Mrs. Kintner. "I just found out, that a girl got killed here last week, and you knew it! You knew there was a shark out there! You knew it was dangerous! But you let people go swimming anyway? You knew all those things! But still my boy is dead now. And there's nothing you can do about it. My boy is dead. I wanted you to know that." Lady, your boy was swimming in THE FUCKING OCEAN! he had probably been swimming with sharks every fricking time he went in to the ocean and never even knew it! I get that she was sad and kind of looking for someone to blame and people didn't understand the nature of sharks and that they tend to not stay in the same place for long but end of story your kid went in to the ocean, he has been swimming with sharks plenty by that point. The greatest travesty in this movie is that Mrs. Kintner wasn't fed to the shark at some point.