“Jaws”: The Movie That Changed Everything

I am not a fan of Jaws. By this I mean that what Jaws is “about” as a movie — its “killer shark” concept, its characters, and the journey it takes us on — does not move me or interest me anywhere near as much as the stories of many other classic movies do. But even if Jaws’ greatness is eclipsed by better movies that came after it, it is still the movie that allowed those other movies to be made. It opened the door, it laid the foundation, and on this basis, even if it is not the greatest film ever made, it has a special kind of greatness it achieves through its unparalleled degree…