Adam O'Brien's takes a look at the Jaws sequels in his first post for The Bearded Trio and explains why he thinks they are worthy sequels.
What makes a good sequel? We've all seen one before, whether or not it's Empire Strikes Back, Terminator 2 you name it, they're both more of the same yet pushing the characters you know further into new hurdles, and new adventures that define and redefine who they are.
Sequels are comfort food for movie goers who have enjoyed a film prior, realised the characters are special, and want to spend another few 90 plus minutes with the world of that film.
I think it's great that since the advent of franchises like George Lucas' Star Wars they've become more common place, but now every film is being beaten into shape as a franchise starter to build the tent pole, however it wasn't always so.
Jaws is one example, and the franchise I'm writing about today. I was a late starter to Jaws, seeing it in my teens. I loved the characters, the locations and best of all, not knowing who was gonna make it out alive.
Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw were brilliant, but it's the cast in the other films which always intrigued me. Like, why did Michael Caine feel the need to do a shark horror film? Dennis Quaid, Lance Guest - hot off the heels of the science fiction film The Last Starfighter, all of these talents on the way to stardom but I find interesting and fun in the films.
A personal fave is P.H. Moriarty, in Jaws 3. He's a wonderful actor, and starred in Patriot Games, and the Frank Herbert's Dune miniseries in 2000 as Gurney Halleck.
Spielberg's film works so well as we are invested in those characters, and in their plight. We are drawn in to a world that isn't far from our own, a heightened one. This world is the most theatrical I felt in the first film, but as we get into the second, and beyond I think theatricality is a part and parcel of the franchise.
We have the townspeople too who are a major element in all four of the films. They factor into the story well, and from a council dynamic we get to see how the local politics comes into play, and how crisis like these, a threat like a shark can have when the bodies start piling up. No one believes Martin Brody, nor heed his warnings.
I was drawn to the sequels as Dennis was a great actor, from films like Inner Space and Enemy Mine. He is like a younger, rougher Harrison Ford, except I like the earthiness he gives to his performances, and his craziness which we saw in Enemy Mine. Same can be said for Lance Guest who took each role very seriously, but you can see him loosen up a little in his role as Michael in the Revenge. I found the Michael in both films interesting, as he lives with the legacy of his family and the times of what has happened in the Martha's Vineyard location.
|Lance Guest in Jaws: The Revenge|
Jaws 3 or as known when it was released Jaws 3-D is a film about a marine water park. We've all seen theme parks, like Sea World out here on the Gold Coast of Australia but what if a great white was able to sneak in and cause trouble? This is what happens in Dennis Quaid's time in the franchise. Amity Island isn't the main location this time instead Florida's SeaWorld where it's setup as a huge water park, like those of reality, and the sharks in the film also as there's a baby shark captured but the characters then face the mother.
|Michael Caine as Hoagie|
A lifelong Star Wars fan, Adam has been captivated by the tales of Luke Skywalker and Star Wars from childhood. Hailing from Australia his two loves Star Wars and Mad Max have followed him into adulthood. A Restaurant Manager by day, fan by night, formerly a podcaster: he was the creator, and host of two long running podcasts: Jogcast Radio Network, and then Ausfans Radio Network. He enjoys role playing games, especially all of the Star Wars releases from West End Games all the way up to the Fantasy Flight Games material. A big fan of Star Wars literature, he's followed all of it with great enthusiasm. He's a musician, playing in everything from Australian death metal outfits to Latin rock, and beyond, playing guitar for thirty years. When it comes to Star Wars he likes looking deeply into the legendary tales George Lucas was inspired by. He's also a huge fan of Quinlan Vos - the coolest Jedi ever.
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