Did you know humans have discovered less than 5% of the ocean? That sounds so strange, considering it covers 70% of the earth. I’ve swam in the ocean once before in British Columbia, and it was way different than swimming in a lake. When the water gets in your mouth it tastes salty, you float differently, and it has strong waves. Sure, some lakes also have waves, but there nothing like ocean waves. The current can pull you under and spit you back out, the creatures that live beneath the surface could be inches away from your dangling feet and you’d never know it. Let’s face it, the ocean is amazing, but it’s also terrifying.
I’ve always had a fascination with the ocean, probably because it is so mysterious. It’s a combination of the fear of the unknown and the endless possibilities that live within the depths that pulls me in. It’s not a surprise that I love the movie Jaws.
I remember the first time I saw the film. I was at a friends house and her parents were out doing something, probably working or doing other adult things. I was young, too young to be watching a movie about a killer shark. I’ll never forget the opening scene. That couple laughing and teasing each other, the girl who runs carelessly into the water, her boyfriend who decides to stay on the shore. And then we hear it. That familiar sound of impending doom. Duh nuh, duh nuh. You know what I’m talking about. And then she gets dragged down deep and eventually murdered by the shark. Terrifying.
The soundtrack does such a great job of using music to cause fear in the audience. John Williams was behind it all, and it was one of the first movie scores to not have a “love theme” in the soundtrack. You can watch the original opening scene here.
Now that you’ve seen the original, watch this version. You’ll see what I mean and understand why movie soundtracks are so important for the overall feel of a film.
Have a good weekend, I hope you watch a movie.