Monday, January 9, 2012
JAWS 2 (1978)
Successfully following up a smash hit is a hard job, but following up a smash hit that's also a very well-made film is damn near impossible. It's been done (ALIENS), but usually sequels end up just being watered down versions of the original. JAWS 2 is just a watered down version of the original, but it's still worth watching mainly due to the nice pace, a straight-forward story, likable teenagers, good kills and Roy Scheider reprising his role as Chief Brody.
One very interesting thing I did read on Wikipedia is that Steven Spielberg wrote a screenplay for JAWS 2 "based on Quint's Indianapolis speech" from the original film! Could that possibly be true and if so has that script ever seen the light of day? I would love to read it!
Anyway, JAWS 2 is definitely worth checking out. Just make sure not to bump your head on that boom mic hanging down in Brody's kitchen.
Part 1 - Jaws
Part 3 - Jaws 3
Part 4 - Jaws: The Revenge