Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Written by: Carl Gottlieb, Howard Sackler
Weapon of Choice: Power Line
Based upon: Original
Other movies in this series:
Jaws: The Revenge
Rish Outfield's reviews
Jaws was the biggest blockbuster of all time. So, of course they made a sequel. Jaws 2 ended up being another huge hit for Universal. I really liked this film as a kid, seeing it well before the original. Now that twenty years have passed and Jaws is my favourite horror movie, how will it stand up?
Jaws 2 tells the continuing story of Chief of Police Brody and the town of Amity Island, as it is terrorized by another killer shark. He has a hard time proving the shark is out there, and is pretty much on his own this time around in stopping it. And new to the mix . . . teenagers!
With one of the best movie taglines ever, I found the movie to be a lot of fun (a little lighter than the original maybe?), and fun is important. At the eighteen minute mark, I wrote down "So far, this is just as good as Jaws." That didn't last, but I was constantly surprised by how good it all was, in spite of the big shoes it had to fill. They showed the shark early on (at the twenty minute mark), which was wise. The film was scary (Sharks are SO scary, dudes and dudessess)--even if the shark looks even phonier than the first one. There was very pretty photography and great music by Johnny Williams (is it okay to call him Johnny?). It feels a lot like the original, probably due to the people and location, but also the same writers. Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary, and Murray Hamilton all return. As do Deputy Hendricks and the same "I don't think that's funny at all" lady. Gottlieb was apparently too busy rewriting to reprise his role, but the familiar faces are a treat. The new asshole character makes Murray Hamilton look like a sweetheart. In fact, there's a nice deleted scene on the DVD where Hamilton is Brody's only supporter that I wish had been retained).
It was released in 1978, but it feels ahead of its time--1980 maybe. Scheider is GOOD as poor Chief Brody. Due to the events of the first film, he's now haunted and obsessed with sharks. I like that--the major strength of sequels is that you have a base to build on, whether it's the relationships between characters or the experiences they've already had. On the negative side, of course, you have a story that stretches credibility a bit, especially since the first shark was such a rarity. There was less gore than the original ("So far, no red water. What gives?"). Some of the teenagers got on my nerves--the super hysterical girl needed a severe beating . . . and she didn't get it. I think that was the biggest disappointment of the film. The death of the shark doesn't work as well as the original--but the movie is still surprisingly good. As I said, it's not a classic, but fun, scary--enjoyable.
Line To Remember: Nerd 1: They say sometimes the most beautiful girls are the loneliest.
Nerd 2: That's a crock of shit.
Nerd 1: I know.
I'd Recommend It To: Fans of the original. Give it another chance.
Total Skulls: 11
|Rips off earlier film|
|Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie|
|Future celebrity appears|
|Former celebrity appears|
|Girl unnecessarily gets naked|
|Death associated with sex|
|Unfulfilled promise of nudity|
|Characters forget about threat|
|Power is cut|
|Phone lines are cut|
|Someone investigates a strange noise|
|Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door|
|Camera is the killer|
|Victims cower in front of a window/door|
|Victim locks self in with killer|
|Victim running from killer inexplicably falls|
|Toilet stall scene|
|Car stalls or won't start|
|Cat jumps out|
|Stupid discovery of corpse|
|No one believes only witness|
|Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth|
|Warning goes unheeded|
|Music detracts from scene|
|Death in first five minutes|
|x years before/later|
|Dark and stormy night|
|Killer doesn't stay dead|
|Killer wears a mask|
|Killer is in closet|
|Killer is in car with victim|
|Villain is more sympathetic than heroes|
|Blood hits camera|
|Poor death effect|
|No one dies at all|
|Little kid lamely survives|
|Dog/Pet miraculously survives|
|"It was all a dream" ending|
|Unbelievably happy ending|
|Unbelievably crappy ending|
|What the hell?|