Perfect escapism on every level. The first major blockbuster remains flawless, intense and terrifically entertaining. Compared to the modern action film, it's amazing just how tight Jaws is. Spielberg's talent was clear right from the start. The attention to character is what truly sets this popcorn flick apart. Also, the pacing and tempo is exhilarating and when the horror arrives, Spielberg certainly doesn't shy away from the gruesomeness. I adore the sheer sense of adventure they capture once the first barrel is attached. Spielberg is also great at capturing life going on all around the characters. It never feels "Hollywood" but rather a constant sense of life happening all around. All in all, they rarely make them this good anymore.
Director: Steven Spielberg