I have been on a bit of a Spielberg binge as of late. Watching Jaws I noticed how ballsy the young Spielberg was was. There is a scene where a young boy takes his yellow raft out into the ocean. In my opinion, this is the key scene that makes Jaws such a terrifying film to expirence. Spielberg kills the kid. The boy on his yellow raft is pulled under in a boiling maelstrom of crimson red. The image of a young boy dying raises emotion in all of us. The innocence of a child is sacred and protected at all costs almost universally in societies. This scene taps into that and creates a terrifying image for us all. With Spielberg killing an innocent child, the film takes on a new tone. Suddenly, nobody is safe. When Brody's son falls into the pond, we are afraid for him. I just think Spielberg used to have balls. Use this same tactic in Close Encounters, when a child is abducted by aliens. I raise this point because I think he copped out in War of the Worlds by tricking us into believing Robby was dead. I feel the ending would have held a greater emotional impact if Robby remained dead. This is all I have time for. But, this thread is talk about how Spielberg as progressed (or degressed) as an artist. I think, in his early years (Jaws, Close Encounters, E.T) he was truely a master storyteller. I think E.T. is one of the most magical films every made. Anyway, discuss.