‘Jaws 3-D’ is even worse without that third dimension

Joe Alves’ “Jaws 3-D,” which came out a year after the stunning success of “Friday the 13th Part 3 in 3-D,” led a team of 3-DB movies that helped maintain the format for about a year. before a prolonged hibernation.

An indication of both the quality and legacy of the film comes in the first few minutes – in the opening sequence, an unseen shark bites off a fish’s head, which hovers in the frame long enough to The audience gawking over 3-D may have finally shouted, “Enough!”

What follows hardly gets better, as we meet many shark characters/buddies working at a busy marine life park during the heavy tourist season.

Dennis Quaid, Bess Armstrong, Lea Thompson and other fascinating actors work at the park, where shark attacks are frequent

Quaid is the star of the movie, but his performance is hectic but disinterested, leaving co-star and lover Armstrong without any chemistry. The biggest name here is Louis Gossett Jr., who is clearly trying to invest some buzz and intrigue in his role as the mastermind behind the amusement park.

If the film, which was later renamed “Jaws 3” for television and video release, gave Gossett Jr. Given the opportunity to play the equivalent of John Hammond, the film could at least have a dramatic centerpiece. Considering that Gossett Jr. having previously won an Oscar for “An Officer and a Gentleman” (1982), his misuse here is particularly disappointing.

One aspect of the film Alves that is historically notable to film aficionados is its place in the amusement-park-run-amok genre. The film came out a decade after “Westworld” (1973) and a decade before “Jurassic Park” (1993).

One particularly odd feature here is that, unlike the previous films mentioned, “Jaws 3-D” does not take place in a fictional amusement park, but, no kidding, Sea World in Florida!

Does the image of tourists and park staff being eaten by sharks help or hurt the park’s image? At least they sell “I survived my summer at Sea World! Jaws 3-D Now in Theater T-shirt? It’s hard to imagine Disney ever promoting a movie whose world-famous parks were portrayed as poorly managed and full of bloodshed.


Perhaps because Richard Matheson was one of the screenwriters, an ambitious idea emerged: part of the aquarium is now underwater, with a tunnel and observatory for tourists are willing to go under the water.

It’s an interesting concept with a sci-fi perspective, but nothing more than an initial reveal. Because there is a killer shark on the loose, it is certain that this attraction will sink into oblivion.

However, you’d think the filmmakers were more than capable of showing us the motionless, fake shark slowly making its way towards the camera, breaking a large glass wall in slow motion. Like most of the visual effects here, it can be a little catchy in 3-D but in 2-D the effects are painfully fake and the action scenes are functional but never interesting.

QUICK FACT: Dennis Quaid struggled with addiction in the 1980s, then admitted himself”high in every frame” of “Jaws 3-D.”

The key connection between this and its predecessors is not the shark but the Brody boys. Quaid and John Putch play Mike and Sean Brody, the son of Sheriff Brody (Roy Scheider, who wisely decided not to appear in this film).

It’s a meager olive branch compared to the original movies, far superior to those that preceded it.

A lively argument can be made that “Jaws revenge” (1987), the fourth and by far the final installment in the series, is the worst. However, while “Jaws 3-D” offers an underwater theme park (it feels more like a setting from an Irwin Allen movie than something that belongs here), “Jaws the Revenge” features a performance of the game by Michael Caine, heavy use of John Williams’ favorite theme music (barely used in the third film) and lots of unintentional hilarity.

The fourth “Jaws” movie at least feels like it exists in the same universe as “Jaws” (1975) and “Jaws 2” (1978). Aside from the random allusion to the Brody boys, there’s little point here to tie it to the lively charm of “Jaws” or its descriptive sequel to the teenage discovery of being victimized by individuals. fat.

However, despite the poor reviews and early problems of traditional hardcover 3-D glasses (watching a movie through the blue and red filters for more than a few minutes isn’t enjoyable), “Jaws 3-D” made a huge hit. $45 million at the box office and was the highest-grossing 3-D film of the latter part of the 20th century.

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