The Meg vs. Jaws: The Revenge

Posted on August 12, 2018 at 9:05 pm

Slate’s has a great essay by Keith Phipps comparing “The Meg” to the nutty “Jaws: The Revenge,” asking “Which is the crazier shark movie?” It is wonderfully passionate, thoughtful, and thorough and tons of fun to read.

Everything about Jaws: The Revenge, from its borderline incoherent story to its chaotic action to its iffy effects to co-star Mario Van Peebles’ attempt at a Bahamian accent reveal it as a patchwork movie with little holding it together.

And it gives me a chance to share my all-time favorite stand-up routine ever, from the late, much-missed Richard Jeni.

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2 Replies to “The Meg vs. Jaws: The Revenge”

  1. The Richard Jeni monologue is funny, but I notice it gets a couple of details wrong. He keeps saying that Ellen loses three family members in a week, but she only loses her son Sean to the shark and her husband Martin years earlier to a heart attack (which she attributes to fear of sharks). The only other death was an innocent bystander much later in the movie. I think I prefer this review from Tony Martin.

    I’ve also read quite a few text reviews of it online, and one subject that seems to come up a lot is the hilarious implications of the shark’s ambush of Sean. Specifically, the fact that it seems to have arranged an accident on the water that he would have to deal with, while somehow distracting everyone else who might have handled it.
    See Jabootu’s Bad Movie Dimension, 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting, and And You Call Yourself a Scientist for examples.

    1. Yes, Jeni takes some liberties, but I love the way he evokes the feeling we’ve all had of “what did I just see and why did I sit through it?”

      I’ll have to check out those reviews! Thanks, Toby.

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