As a refresher, there is only one JAWS book, so anything that comes afterwards is not based on that book, the movie credits even say that only the characters are based on the book.
So where does that leave JAWS 2? Well, this movie carries on from the first one, with Roy Schneider returning as Sheriff Brody. His kids are growing up, and Amity is exactly the same as it was before.
Instead of a festival, it’s now condominiums! The Mayor is still ill-advised, and there’s a new shark in town, but this time it’s only Brody who knows what’s going on. It’s a bit rehashed, as the mayor hasn’t learned anything from the first movie and Brody still has his hands full trying to keep Amity safe.
It’s still a pretty good movie, as events play out differently, there’s no hunting party (it’s a sailing party) and the Orca is at the bottom of the ocean. It was a nice follow up to the first movie, but I didn’t care for the Mayor as there was no character development for him like there was for Brody.
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My mother has the paperback copy of Jaws in her book collection. I have read it, but it was many, many years ago. I’ve also watched Jaws the movie before, but it was many years ago. As of writing this, Jaws, Jaws 2, Jaws 3, and Jaws: The Revenge are all on Netflix. Jaws (the book) is also at my local library.
The stars have aligned and now I’m reading the book and watching ALL the movies, starting with the original. A very young Richard Dreyfus stars in this movie, alongside Roy Schneider and Robert Shaw. This story also features the New York town of Amity. I know.
It’s the classic tale of Man vs Beast and reminded me a bit of Ernest Hemmingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, and if I ever get around to reading it, we’ll throw Moby Dick in this category too.
Toss in a Mayor who wants to do what’s best for the town’s economy and ignores the issue and you have a scene for a killer great white shark. To me, Jaws is firmly set in the land of classic books, and the movie does justice to the book. In fact the movie is probably now a classic itself.
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