Story: Considered to be one of the most suspenseful movies to have ever been made that still makes people not want to go in the open waters ever again, for there hides in the deep waters of Amity island an eating machine that is in fact 25-foot great white shark known as Jaws. Now being hunted by three brave men, the hunted has turned the tide on the brave making them natures bait.
Creating: When capturing this moment of Jaws tearing down the Orca (name of the boat) and biting through Quint (my favorite character of the movie), I wanted to show how nature can be seen dangerous, but only when provoked by human (an animal threat). So by looking into different facts of a shark’s behavior, this then made me look at Jaws a little differently. Sharks are at times to have been known for attacking unfortunate swimmers, but it is mostly because of these three reasons: Curiosity, Mistaken identity and Hunger. So by looking into these three reasons of why a shark would attack, this then made me want to identify them and show how if you tease nature in its habitat this then shows what nature calls payback.
Facts: When a shark decides to swim towards a beach, it is usually because of the amount of vibration that a shark can hear by people swimming around and having fun. This then attracts the shark to investigate what could be creating all the vibration (to a shark the vibration is a sense of disturbance/threat or a wounded fish that the shark can feed themselves for food). This then makes the shark curious (Curiosity) and is now heading towards the beach. So as a shark would be heading towards the beach, the sharks mind is set on becoming more curious to seeing what could be creating the vibration in the water. This then is the effect of the ‘Mistaken identity’ that the shark is confused by all the swimmers thinking it’s a large fish (so imagine the view from a shark, that the amount of people splashing would confuse the shark to thinking it’s probably a large fish and depending how high the vibration is created) and their fins are going everywhere. But not all sharks attack, some just come to see what is the reason of the vibration in the water, it’s only by chance a swimmer would be attacked by a shark is because the shark was ‘Hungry’ and at that moment thinking it was having another fish. The chances of being attacked by a shark have been researched to be very slim.
. Based from the book keeping it’s an original title Jaws and written by Peter Benchley in 1974 which sold 20 million copies worldwide, Benchley also makes a special appearance in the film as the news reporter on the beach celebrating the 4th of July. Like all films that are based from books, there are always differences from the original source –
. Book: In the book chief Brody and his wife don’t get along and are going through marriage problems which she has a fair with Hooper. Film: Brody and his wife are very happy and their marriage is good and Hooper is just a guest in their home and is focused on catching Jaws.
. Book: The Mayor of Amity island keeps the beaches open for he owns a loan to the mafia which they have paid money on real estate for how busy the beach gets in the summer. Film: there is no mafia and the mayor opens the beach to celebrate the 4th of July.
. Book: Quint hardly speaks and has no past of why he’s a fisherman and dies by being dragged down by Jaws that gets stabbed by a harpoon which is attached to some rope that gets tied to his leg creating a knot and drowning him. Film: played by actor Robert Shaw, Shaw’s Quint has more of a character and back story of being a fisherman and that he was on the USS Indianapolis ship that sank on 30th July 1945 and had to defend himself from sharks in the water. Shaw even wrote the monologue to the scene of what Quint experienced and is today one of greatest monologues ever written in film history. Unfortunately, Quint’s fate in film ends by being eaten by Jaws.
. Book: Hooper gets eaten in the cage. Film: played by Richard Dreyfuss he escapes the cage and survives with Brody.
. Book: As Brody is the last remaining character, Jaws begins to swim towards him and slowly dies from its injuries that Quint did by stabbing it with a harpoon. Film: Brody Kills Jaws by placing an oxygen tank in its month and blows it up. Benchley hated the film version of Jaw’s death that he felt it was unrealistic.