The Genre-Defying Jaws

It’s easy to write Jaws off as a campy summer blockbuster. A murderous shark picking off beachgoers is a rather silly concept on its face. But when you add a grizzled misanthrope, a nerdy oceanographer, a troubled sheriff, and a single-minded monster, there is something more. Repeated viewings bring other, deeper meanings to the surface.


Just about any film will have its strengths and weaknesses, but some of these I never expected from veteran Spielberg. Its main strength lies in the acting.  Daniel Day-Lewis is, unsurprisingly, fantastic as Abraham Lincoln.  He humanizes the president that we are all too familiar with as a piece of money or a stone face…