Plotline: A new, big ol' man-eating shark has appeared in the town of Amity. What will Chief Brody do this time?
Scariness factor: Anticipation is where the scariness rests in this movie (and the original). However, the tense moments are a mere shadow to those in the original Jaws.
Gross-Out Factor: Rather minimal.
Complaints: Okay. So granted, I watched this as aired on television (which included 8 billion shitty commercials for things like a magic sham which I actually thought was bad-ass sweet but is only sold overseas). Anyways, that's typically not the best environment by which to view a movie. However, it's fricking Jaws 2. Which is presumably not the utmost in fine cinema. So I figured it'd be ok. And I don't think it affected it TOO much. Nonetheless: this movie was lame. The first half was boring as three-day-old pisswater. The second half was at least campy and goofybally (think hand-drawn lightning bolts for the electrocution scene). But even then, I was just like, Um, eat them, Jaws. Do it. It'd spice the movie up some. Again: much of this is probably just due to the general failure of sequels. Especially for a sequel to something as fantastic as the original Jaws (which is actually one of my all-time favorite movies--so it's hard not to be uber-critical about the sequel). There's no way you're even gonna come CLOSE to comparing. Plus, they didn't even have Richard Dreyfuss in it. And the rest of the folks in this sequel are fairly personality-less.
High Points: Campy 1980s-ness. But nothing to write home about.
Overall: I don't know--even as a lover of the camp, I was disappointed. Just rent the original. And if you've already seen it, just rent it again.
Labels: D movies