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on 19 October 2008
A short summation. Jaws 2 was a respectable sequel, let down only by Scheider's lacklustre performance (he reportedly didnt want to do the film, but was contractually obliged to) and by the incessant girly screaming in the catamaran sequences in the 2nd half ("aaaaaaah...a shark....get the boys to deal with it..." etc.) Certainly not the Moby Dick-esque tour-de-force of the "3-Men-In-A-Boat against the marine behemoth" first film (still one of the best films ever made), but more of a teen-slasher Halloween cheap thrills affair for winter popcorn nights in.
The 3rd film was just plain boring. At least they attempted to intercut real footage of sharks for some of the sequences, which added to the reality, although the rubber close-ups are actually worse than in Jaws 1 & 2 (you think they'd try and work out how to do it better...) A dreary, forgettable plot, with ham acting and stunted dialogue. If you make it to the finale you will undoubtedly be disappointed. Guess what happens...
Jaws 4 - the Revenge. Surely one of THE worst films EVER made. An atrocious storyline ("this time its personal"...??? I mean...since when did sharks care about each other, never mind develop the capacity to specifically target land-based members of the family responsible for killing the first two sharks in Amity?) Any semblance of respect I had for Lorraine "Ellen" Grey (or Michael Caine for that matter) was removed with this ridiculous exploitation of the classic first film. Dire script, dire effects, and yet the ending is still one of the most hilarious moments in cinema.
I'm not surprised that Universal didnt want its proudest moment in film (Jaws) tainted by association with these 3 films, and released them seperately.