For the days leading up to Christmas, Strangers and Aliens presents 24 Christmas movies that aren’t Christmas movies, but really kind of are, for various reasons.
What it’s supposed to be: the biggest sequel yet to the first huge Hollywood blockbuster, Steven Speilberg’s Jaws . . . which ended up being neither a blockbuster OR have anything to do with Steven Speilberg, although John Williams’ Jaws theme does make it in there
Why it’s a Christmas movie: The entire first act of the movie takes place on Amity Island and features a super intelligent shark, who is now, apparently, out for revenge (as the title said). As background for the first shark attacks, we have the town choir singing Christmas carols while people are preparing for the holiday. Which PROVES this shark is out for revenge. It is out for revenge against the family that killed its family, and what better time to do it than during a season all about family, eh?
Thoughts: The first Jaws was about a man trying to do his job and overcome his fears, so he could keep people safe from a shark. The second Jaws was about a man trying to do his job and, well, was basically the same movie only his kids were a bit older. The third movie takes sequels to the extreme: how can one family keep ending up in situations where abnormally large sharks are acting abnormally? Well, Jaws: The Revenge sort of explains it: these are no ordinary sharks. They are super magic sharks.
Jaws: The Revenge is about two mothers who are in a duel. It is a family feud. This shark is murderous, and targeting the Brody family. When all is said and done, only one mother will remain standing. Of course, this being Hollywood, the one left standing is the one with legs. Sorry. Spoiler. The shark dies.
Is It Naughty or Nice? Is this movie worth watching?
No. A hundred times no. I love bad movies. I love Jaws. But the Jaws franchise should NEVER have become what it did. The firs sequel can be forgiven. The second sequel turned the franchise into a gimmick. This one?
I’m giving this movie too much credit. It tries, it really does. And it fails. It really, really does. This is a terrible movie.
I own it. But it’s terrible.
Santa Ben’s Verdict: Naughty.
Your verdict? Let me know below in the comments!
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