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Jaws and the rule of diminishing sequel returns

The blockbuster franchise starts out terrifying before becoming confused and mystifying.

Jaws.
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THE PITCH?

One of the most impressive, exciting and influential movies of all time generates possibly the weakest franchises in cinema history.

Why?


Because Steven Spielberg was only involved in the first one.


Starts with a shocking and exhilarating mediation on civilised masculinity going head to head against nature with some good old-fashioned blood, guts and gorifying on the side, then turns into teen exploitation as quickly as you can say "Get me a hot blonde in a bikini." The franchise from this point on descends into fatuous gimmickry before finally limping away to a watery grave.

THAT TRANSLATES INTO?



Jaws (1975)