Didja catch it? Here's a hint: it comes in a little bottle and roughly makes up 80 percent of Chief Brody's internal fluids. It's in his blood when he finds Ben Gardner's boat. It's in his blood when he cuts open the first shark. And boy is it in his blood when he faces off against our finned behemoth at the end. In fact, the final climax of this movie is immediately preceded by a sequence where all three main characters get song-singing shitty for breakfast.
It was definitely in the actors' blood while shooting this scene.
Yes, booze (and the fact that it makes everyone dumb) is the real antagonist of this movie. As we've previously mentioned, Quint's boat wasn't exactly the best option for catching and/or killing a great white shark. It's old and splintery and contains three sudsy maniacs hucking barrels into the sea like a blitzed Donkey Kong.
They are bad shark hunters. Especially since in real life, killing a shark isn't that hard. You rope it, pull it out of the water, and let it suffocate or strangle itself. Heck -- sharks die from accidentally tangling in nets so often that it's a serious risk to the species. Why do you think they are endangered? It's not because they're hard to kill. In fact, a few years ago, a Great White died from being beaten to death by a fisherman. Just for the heck of it.
That's terrible, as is the fact that we'd watch a movie about Quint punching a shark for 90 minutes.
Go back and watch all those movies again. In every case, the shark meets its demise through a combination of last-minute MacGyvering and cartoonishly blind luck at the hands of ill-equipped people who have no business hunting it. That's why it's a challenge -- not because the villain is super-powered or evil, but because the heroes are drunk and/or incompetent. Sorry everyone, but sharks are weak babies and Brody sucks at fishing. Now excuse me while I take a shame shower for ever saying that.
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