THE SHARK IS STILL WORKING
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
This isn't really a movie at all, but rather a long documentary regarding Jaws- its impact and its legacy left on the moviegoing public and its surrounding industry.
Is it good movie?
Whoa, this is a whole lot of documentary to watch, I'm not kidding. Who doesn't remember the first time they watched Jaws? Unfortunately, I was but a gleam in my Mum's eye when the first one came out (but my parents did see it together on a date). I did finally watch the film when I was about 12 years old with my cousins in my small bedroom, and let me just say I was blown away. These days, younger kids have a hard time appreciating the nuances of fine, classic moviemaking because modern films rip off the classics, but do it quicker in flashier ways. For Jaws, a movie that was made before I was even alive, to scare me as much as it did was very impressive. I loved it. And then I watched the sequels...ok, well let's leave those alone for now.
But I digress- what about the documentary at hand? Well, I don't want to spoil the whole thing for you. To recount all of the information that is divulged in this documentary would be exhaustive, but I’ll share a few fun facts. The Shark is Still Working simply takes everything you've ever wanted to know about Jaws? and splays it all over the screen. I've read that this doc rehashes a lot of the stuff that has already been said in previous making of featurettes, but I haven't seen many of those, so it was all new and pretty interesting to me.
These guys have explored every facet of this film. Interviews with just about everyone you can think of, from Spielberg to the gentleman who did the voice-overs on the trailer. You'll find out why Jaws is the most effective marketed film of its time. You'll find out the secrets behind the score, and most interestingly, the fact that the mechanical sharks didn't work is the reason behind the movie's success. Spielberg himself even says that if it had been made today, everything would be overdone, and the film wouldn't be half as good as it was.
There's also plenty of footage you'd never thought you'd see, like Spielberg's reaction to being snubbed for best director at the Oscars, or footage of Bruce out of the water that has been lost for years. If I had one complaint about this documentary, it'd have to be that there's a bit too much time spent at the Jaws-Fest held in Amity where the film was shot, and things tend to drag a bit here, the filmmakers could have cut a bit of time off here.
Video / Audio
Brimming with information, The Shark is Still Working is the ultimate companion piece to any Jaws? lover's collection. I'm far more interested in the film now than I ever was before- you'll be shocked at the amount of facts, people and footage you'll find in this one. Sink your teeth into it the next time you're too scared to go in the ocean.