My two favorite movies “The Goonies” and “Jaws” actually do it for me because they have many of the same elements. I can literally watch them once a month and not get sick of them. It wasn't until I watched them back to back one day that I realize...these two movies have much in common.
Let's look at the characters:
Mikey: Asthma inhaler, nervous, reluctant leader
Mouth: The sassy, ballsy, confrontational one
Data: The stumbling gadget guy
Chief Brody: Scared of water, nervous, reluctant leader
Quint: The sassy, ballsy, confrontational one
Matt Hooper: The stumbling gadget guy
Yes, yes, we know the basic comparisons like they both take place on the waterfront and involve boats. What really intrigues me is a kind of holy alliance that works for movies in which the plot involves a great thing to overcome. The trinity is this: leader who wants to do the right thing but lacks self esteem, he is the conscience of the group. The tenacious fighter in the group who is confrontational and often gets them into more trouble while trying to defend them. Then, the brains behind the group that must be protected from his own distractions and yet he has a piece of the puzzle they need to make it all work.
Heart: Brains: Brawn: Tin Man, Scarecrow, Lion...
Hmm... I'm thinking I'm onto something.
Can you name another holy alliance of the three in a movie?