Movie Review: Jaws 2 (1978)


As promised, I will review every movie in the “Jaws” series before the end of the summer. And now we finally get to the second installment in the series. Sorry that it took so long, not only was I delayed a week by going to camp, but it also took a while to find a decent version of the movie (too bad that the decent only applies to the audio/video quality, EYYOO!).

Ladies and gentlemen, *Sigh*… “Jaws 2”.

Welcome back to Amity Island, New York! A place of sun, sand and a lot of young people. But the peace is disturbed when another killer shark attacks some people there. So now it is once again up to Chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider, R.I.P) to try to stop it. Is it just me or does this plot already feel overused despite the fact that it is only the second one? Sure, the premise was so simple and you had doubts how great it could be, but then the original “Jaws” turned out to be a fucking masterpiece. Here it isn’t as interesting and well-told, but is almost just boring at times. The suspense is almost 100% gone. The only suspense in the movie exist in the final act, and even there it is paper-thin.

Most of the characters in this movie are pretty uninteresting. The only one I found myself interested in and entertained by was Chief Brody, and I think that is only because of how likeable Roy Scheider is as an actor. He has some funyn lines, he says some smart lines and he seems like he genuinely cares about this town of people who don’t believe him despite the first movie happening. You know what would have made this movie a bit more entertaining? Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) being back to help Brody stop this shark, but noooooo, that could never happen!

Once again the score was done by the legendary John Williams. And I do think the score is the saving grace of this movie. Sure, there are a few tracks that I didn’t enjoy that much, but overall it is really good. I mean, it’s John Fucking Williams!

The shots in this movie look pretty good despite this movie not being directed by Steven Spielberg (smart move, man!). Instead it is directed by Jeannot Szwarc (Jean-not make this movie, please!). To be honest, I have never heard of the man before, but he showed here that he is a competent director. Not amazing, but good enough to make it all come together decently.

This movie has not been very well-received by anyone, based on the few reviews/scores I found. And by few I mean… two. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 53% positive rating. And on it has a score of 5,7/10.

“Jaws 2” is an uninspired mess that isn’t suspenseful, has only one interesting character and has a less than interesting plot. However it is held up a little by the charisma and talent of Roy Scheider, the score of John Williams, the decent direction and by being just somewhat fun. Time for my final score. *Cough*. My final score for “Jaws 2” is a 6,12/10. I think it is worth a rental.
Rent it

“Jaws 2” is now reviewed.

Hey, maybe the shark is just misunderstood.

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