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  • A sequel was inevitable, in-fact, Jaws was to spawn three sequels – each significantly inferior in quality and box office, than its predecessor. Perhaps, it is for this reason that Jaws 2 has been idly buried under a mountain of cynicism, long forgotten and dismissed as a bland rehash of a treasured masterpiece.

    What Jaws 2 actually is, is an underrated sequel that embraces the staples of the ‘B-movie’, but with a degree of class to spare. Once again, the drama is set on the cosy-looking Amity Island. Roy Scheider reprises his role as Chief Brody, turning increasingly agitated with the local mayor’s reluctance to accept that Amity has another shark problem.

  • Jaws 2 was briefly the highest-grossing sequel in history until The Empire Strikes Back was released in 1980. The film's tagline, "Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water...," has become one of the most famous in film history and has been parodied and homaged several times.[4] Jaws 2 is widely considered the best Jaws sequel.[5]

    I’m at a loss why Jaws 2 isn’t more fondly remembered. It scored massive success upon release both at the cinema and on video, and always drew huge television ratings whenever it was screened. The mechanics of bringing the shark to life, on tricky looking locations is impressive, and the ensuing action is well handled by Szwarc, who strikes an even balance between drama and thrills. 3.5/5

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  • Jaws 2
    Film score by John Williams
    Released 1978, 2015 (expansion)
    Recorded 20th Century Fox Studios, Stage One
    Genre Film score
    Length 41:19 (original release), 101:48 (expansion)
    Label MCA Records (original release), Intrada Records (expansion)
    Producer John Williams
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    Jaws 2 starts off at a disadvantage, then, because it can’t use the same trick again. Hiding the shark is a pointless exercise because we all know what to expect and can’t be surprised a second time. As a result, it has a slightly different feel to its predecessor – we see a lot more of the shark and it gets involved a lot more this time around. At times it feels more like a slasher movie, a contrast to the original’s tense, slow pace.

Jaws 2 (1978) - Rotten Tomatoes

The making of ‘Jaws2,’ the movie sequel to the mega-hit ‘Jaws,’ might have been old-hat movie making to the professionals involved, but for the residents of Gulf Breeze and Navarre, it was a real happening.