This week, the SyFy Channel brings us Sharknado 2. While I did watch the first one, I will not be watching this one. From the previews, it looks as like they have taken out the thing that made the first one so good, it’s heart. (To clarify, the first Sharknado was not good, but it was enjoyable.) I will instead be watching the best shark movie ever made (and one of my top 3 movies of all time), Jaws, but more on that later.
With this movie coming on and the advent of Shark Week, we decided to bring the Top 5 Shark Movies of all time. We opened our definition of shark movies up to a much broader interpretation. If the movie has a shark in it, we accept it.
The Top 5 Shark Movies
Genetically enhanced smart sharks? Sign me up. Starring Samuel L. Jackson and a host of tier two celebrities, this movie delivered… mostly. (Sorry, Thomas Jane, while good, is not an A-lister.) There was a bit too much CGI for me to be really happy with it or put it higher in the list. It was an interesting concept.
4. Open Water
This was a very suspenseful movie to watch. Trapped in the water, open water as it were, and surrounded by sharks? You know it’s not going to end well. While not as flashy or as expensive as some of the other shark movies listed, it delivered.
Sharks with frikkin’ laser beams? No… ill tempered sea bass… but still.
The movie that Austin Powers was referencing and one of my personal favorite James Bond films. (In order: Connery, Brosnan, Craig, Moore, Lazenby, and Dalton, but we are not talking about Bonds.)
Jaws is not only a perfect shark movie, it is a perfect movie in my mind. It has laughs, scares, and action. It does not have romance, which is one of the things that makes it a perfect movie. Spielberg did an excellent job with this movie. When you watch one of the countless documentaries about it, you gain more respect for it. However, this movie would not be what it is without the music of John Williams. His Jaws theme is still being referenced on some beach somewhere in the world every day. Yes, this movie was marred in some ways by increasingly bad sequels, but that happens.
In summary, it does not really matter which of these shark movies you see (see Jaws), any of them will be better than Sharknado 2.
This article is dedicated to the memory of Alex Kintner.