On this day, forty-two years ago, the movie Jaws was released. It became a blockbuster hit and made Director Steven Spielberg famous. It also made many of us afraid to go into the water. Based on the book by Peter Benchley, a great white shark terrorizes a New England resort town and hurts tourism.
There are many lessons to be learned from the story. In fact, the title of this blog post is trending right now on Twitter. Here are some of the comments:
Red T. Raccoon says: Jaws taught us that there are people who will ignore or run from danger to save themselves, and other people who go out and fight it head on.
Reginia Spacola says: According to my mother, Jaws proved that if you skinny dip you will get eaten by a shark. That’s why I switched to lakes.
A Still Resisting says: Never trust shady politicians who choose profits over people, promotes fake news & tells you there’s no sharks in the water.
Justinalynn says: Jaws taught us that human life is more important than greed.
David Taylor says: Jaws taught us that no one, and I mean NO ONE, is going to listen to the ACTUAL SHARK EXPERT.
And what I say: Jaws taught me that a simple line spoken by a character can live on long after the movie. It is still my all-time favorite line: “We’re gonna need a bigger boat.” The statement by Chief Brody tells the viewer: The shark is much larger than we thought and we are in way over our heads.