Film Review – JAWS 2 (1978)

Jaws 2 (1978; USA; Technicolor; 116m) ∗∗∗  d. Jeannot Szwarc; w. Carl Gottlieb, Howard Sackler; ph. Michael C. Butler; m. John Williams.  Cast: Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Joseph Mascolo, Jeffrey Kramer, Collin Wilcox Paxton, Ann Dusenberry, Barry Coe, Keith Gordon. Police chief Brody (Scheider) must protect the citizens of Amity after a second monstrous shark begins terrorising the waters. Okay sequel with most of the original cast returning. Although not as tightly edited or rich in characters as its predecessor, it has some effective moments. The largely teenage support cast is often annoying however and the series would go rapidly downhill from here. Followed by JAWS 3-D (1983). [PG]