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I first watched Jaws in 1975 at a large fully packed theatre in Hawaii. I was standing in the long line up which extended outside for a half block. Strangely we heard what sounded like cheers and clapping from inside the theatre, the film was on its last few minutes. I soon learned why they cheered. It was when Chief Brodie took last desperate aim and detonated the gas canister in the sharks mouth. The audience...(more)
I first watched Jaws in 1975 at a large fully packed theatre in Hawaii. I was standing in the long line up which extended outside for a half block. Strangely we heard what sounded like cheers and clapping from inside the theatre, the film was on its last few minutes. I soon learned why they cheered. It was when Chief Brodie took last desperate aim and detonated the gas canister in the sharks mouth. The audience and myself also cheered at this point, as the blood and guts rained down onto the ocean around the remains of what was once Quinn's boat. Ahh, a boat not quite big enough.
From the very first moment when the shark made its first attack, the ominous background music sent chills up your spine as no one knew what to expect. It was the first run of the film and no one knew much about it, except it was horrifyingly too real. Especially while vacationing on the beautiful Waikiki Beaches of Honolulu. I was with my younger brother and sister, 9 and 11, who were under their seats for most of the movie. My sister still can not swim on a beach to this day, without freaking out if anything touches her in the water.
I give this movie a solid 5 stars as it was done so well and really made going to the movies a real experience. An adventure like no other. Not to be out done until Indiana Jones or Star Wars a few years later. These are ground breaking films in many ways. If you don't think this was a major feat by Spielberg, please do watch the documentary on "the making of Jaws". In it you will see what the director was up against and marvel at the result, taking into account what he had to work with. This is why Spielberg is so great.
The audience of today who watch this film for the first time, most likely on a small TV screen, with lousy sound, will not get the same thrill as the audiences of 1975, and because of advances of special effects and CGI in todays blockbusters, Jaws will not impress like it first did. But I still give it a 5 out of 5 as one of histories best films of all time.
I have to admit, I was a avid “Terminator Fan” of the entire series. This was because I grew up with Conan, and the dumb “one liners” that Arnold Schwarzenegger was so famous for. The acting was always secondary. I didn’t care if he was a lousy actor, the movies were just plain entertaining. Thus, when a new Terminator movie was set to come to the big screen once more, I was all for it, and anxiously awaited its...(more)
I have to admit, I was a avid “Terminator Fan” of the entire series. This was because I grew up with Conan, and the dumb “one liners” that Arnold Schwarzenegger was so famous for. The acting was always secondary. I didn’t care if he was a lousy actor, the movies were just plain entertaining. Thus, when a new Terminator movie was set to come to the big screen once more, I was all for it, and anxiously awaited its arrival. I snuck a quick peak at a few of the Trailers and kind of got the idea that it was going to be fantastic.
What intrigued me mostly was the fact that somehow they were going to use a young looking Arnold as one of the terminators in the movie. Just like he was in the very first movie. I thought this might be a glimpse into a new trend in hollywood to use virtual actors, because lets face it, Arnie is over 67 Years old. Just think, an actor could live forever on the “silver screen”. Was ‘this’ an example of this new “Avatar” actor technology?
So I viewed Terminator: Genesis at the local theatre in 3D at the extra cost. I figured it would be worth it. Total with popcorn and admission: $26.53. Ok, well it was Terminator. I could hardly wait to be entertained.
The film opened with a back story, and I followed along because basically it was a rehash of the old story, but you have to be a fan to know what is going on, so I won’t try and explain it because it gets kind of… complicated. More about that later.
Arnold plays a cuddly old terminator, that Sarah calls “Pops”. His attempt at human interactions reminds me of the deadpan lines Spock was famous for in StarTrek, which was humorous and enjoyable and “Classic Arnold”.
Ok, the effects were excellent and this was to be expected, for a multi million dollar movie production. There was tons of action, and a updated “liquid metal officer terminator” chasing Kyle Reese and Sarah Conner through a San Francisco in 1984 – then 2017. One great scene was a battle of older Arnold as Pops versus a younger, original Terminator time period Arnold. The great action sequences, at first stuns your senses, so you don’t mind if you don’t have a clue what really is going on.
However, as the story progresses, the director trying to explain the time travel concept, becomes just as lost in a messy dialogue of a storyline that gets even more totally mixed up. Yes, it is the time travelling. I don’t even think the director totally understood it. I had an idea that the Wachowski’s were somehow involved, because like I was like: who was who? when was when? why was, what the F——? Dammit, I hate it when you are confused at a movie theatre. You feel like an idiot, and sort of look around to see if others are looking as stupefied. I was so disappointed by this movie, and I get it that time travel explanations are wishy washy at the best of times, but this was incredibly WISHY. In fact, Dr. Emmet Brown from “Back to the Future” told it better 30 years ago. At least it sort of made sense.
The replacement actors for Sarah and Reese were not that great and this made the confusion even worse, even if the Arnie Pop’s character tried to interject every few minutes with an explanation of the script. The new, old, new, John Connor was hard to look at, and in the end you hated his character because apparently Skynet took over his body, mind, soul and he turned into a bad guy. Confused yet? Don’t worry, you are not alone.
The result: moments of nostalgia, some newish special effects action scenes and a fun performance by Arnie, but an overly convoluted time travel storyline and some seriously bad casting of major roles are like anchors weighing down what could have been a much more enjoyable summertime popcorn movie