Jaws 2 (1978) 2.93/5 (2)


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Rating: The Ugly – 65.8
Genre: Horror, Adventure
Duration: 116 mins
Director: Jeannot Szwark
Stars: Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton

As a sequel to a landmark in American cinema (no pun intended), Jaws 2 was never going to live up to its predecessor especially considering that Spielberg (the man whose vision made Jaws what it was) and Dreyfus (whose chemistry with Scheider was perfect) weren’t featuring. However, Roy Scheider did return (only because of a contractual obligation with Universal), so did Lorraine Gray as Brody’s wife and John Williams even chipped in with another score. The result is actually quite entertaining as we reacquaint ourselves with the beautiful Amity Island (though not nearly as lovely as it was when Spielberg shot it) and its colourful inhabitants. The story is more of the same beginning with a series of incidents at sea which Brody believes are shark related but no one else does and culminating in a dramatic showdown. The set pieces are obviously different and reasonably entertaining though nowhere near as terrifying as the original’s. Scheider is as terrific as ever as the near-iconic Chief Brody and let’s be honest, two more hours of watching him play the no-nonsense every-man police chief makes this film worth the watch on its own.

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