Jonas Åkerlund’s film gives viewers two well-worn assassin narratives for the price of one.
It’s said that casting is 90% of directing, and it seems to be 90% of the writing in Bill Holderman’s Book Club.
The film is the first masterpiece of what would become an increasingly technocratic ‘80s movie-house takeover.
This rough, lurid, pointedly un-preachy work of macho outlaw cinema, one of the best of the many John Dillinger movies, deserves to be better known.
The film simply mucks up its earnest take on the buddy movie with undercooked characters and on-the-nose writing.
Most disheartening is how the female leads aren’t given ample space to develop as dynamic characters beyond the most urgent confines of the script’s scenarios.
Jaws is the definitive comedy posing as a monster movie, and this must-own Blu-ray allows it to look and sound as it never has before.
Its sensational content aside, Jaws doesn’t have a whole lot in common with what we now think of as summer blockbusters.