Editorial: Jaws is a Political Piece with Some Serious Teeth

Editorial: Jaws is a Political Piece with Some Serious Teeth
Back in June, when Jaws celebrated its 45th anniversary, film lovers everywhere waxed poetic about the influence of this incredible film. It’s true that Jaws has loomed large in our culture and continues to cut a powerful figure in film history. Jaws was the film that changed how movies are marketed. It inspired countless filmmakers, introduced new ways of shooting a film, and gave rise to sharks as a horror genre in and of themselves. The icon status of Jaws simply cannot be overstated.

All things considered, in its 45 years Jaws has occupied a place of cultural significance beyond how it functions as cinema. When considering Jaws in 2020, it’s apparent that the film has persisted as a highly political piece, in addition to being a cinematic revolutionary. Jaws has managed to stick in our minds for reasons that are totally external to the film itself. It has become
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