It's as if God created the Devil and gave him JAWS
Based on the novel by Peter Benchley, for the film director Steven Spielberg changed the focus of the book and the climax to create a tighter story.
Yes the shark looks fake by today's standards...but honestly how many people didn't freak out the first time they saw the movie? I can only imagine how theater audiences reacted at their first viewings.
Onto directing, being Spielberg's second project (his first film was Duel) we get to see a genius in the making...the shots from within and under the water were created because the mechanical shark wasn't working properly and couldn't be filmed...which only makes the first shark reveal that much more effective.
I won't say much on some of his newest films, but it's easy to see that this guy was going to be capable of bringing us great films like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Saving Private Ryan.
The acting is another sleeper aspect of this movie that not everyone picks up on, Robert Shaw steals the entire film in my opinion as Quint the shark hunter. His speech about the U.S.S. Indianapolis was almost entirely concieved and written by Shaw himself to add more depth to Quint.
Wraping up what could be a lengthy review, JAWS is a classic tale of man vs. nature that made and still continues to make a lot of people uneasy to go into the water. A lot of films have tried to copy it but none have ever really captured the magic that this film has.