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Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover & Thomas F. Wilson
Back to the Future is the trilogy which defined my childhood. It made an impact upon its release back in 1985 and 30 years later we’re still talking about it. Its influence was immense on me and my friends. I remember us all buying skateboards because of that film. Mine had a wonky wheel, but in my mind I was still cool as fuck like Marty McFly. Marty McFly with a knackered skateboard of course! Today has been dubbed ‘Back to the Future Day’ reason being that October 21st 2015 was the date in which Marty McFly and Doc Brown travelled to the future in BTTF 2. 1989’s vision of 2015 is far different to what 2015 actually turned out to be (by the way, if you haven’t seen Doc Brown’s recent message about 2015 I suggest you watch it now, it’s pretty inspiring), but I’ll touch upon it in my BTTF 2 review but for now, let’s hop into our DeLoreans and travel back to the past to 1985.
Small town boy Marty McFly (Fox) is an inspiring musician with his head in the clouds of one day making it in the music business. He’s got his dream girl (Jennifer Parker, played by Claudia Wells) and he has high hopes for his band. His father George (Glover) is bullied daily by his supervisor, Biff Tannen (Wilson), and his mother Lorraine (Thompson) is an overweight couch potato who loves the drink.
One night, Marty meets his scientist friend, Doc Brown (Lloyd), who unveils a time machine build from a modified DeLorean which is powered by plutonium that was stolen from Libyan rebels. Tragedy strikes as those Libyan rebels kill the Doc! Marty escapes in the DeLorean. Before his death, Doc Brown sets the navigation system to November 5th 1955, the date which he conceived the machine, and Marty arrives in Hill Valley of 1955! Heavy!!
Whiles in 1955, Marty encounters young versions of his parents. In order to return back to 1985, Marty needs to make sure his parents fall in love or else he’ll cease to exist. (A job made difficult when his mother has the hots for him! Heavy!!) Not only that, Marty needs to return back to his own timeline to save Doc Brown from being killed. In other words, he needs to go “Back to the Future”……I’ll see myself out.
30 years on and Back to the Future is still one of the greatest films ever made. I loved it back in the day as a seven year old kid and I love it now as a guy in his late twenties (Okay, I’m 28). It’s stood the test of time and one of those movies that has bridged the generation gap. People of all ages love Back to the Future. The story is top class, it’s delivered cleverly and entertainingly, the cast have amazing chemistry (especially that between Michael and Christopher) and most importantly, it’s such a fun movie. I can never get tired of watching this. It always brings a smile to my face.
Usually whenever I do these movie reviews I tend to nit-pick at the negatives, I honestly can’t find any here at all. Simply put; Back to the Future is movie perfection to a t. For those who’ve haven’t seen any documentaries or behind the scenes footage of this film, check it out. You’ll develop a much better appreciation for his marvellous film.
I’m turning 30 next year, and re-watching this film now is actually pretty special.
I often rank Back to the Future as a film that best represents the spirit of the cinema. It’s one of the most important films in terms of progression in the film industry. It’s a film that is often listed on those greatest films ever made lists or top 1000 movies you must see lists and rightfully so.
Back to the Future is dubbed the greatest film of the 80’s. That needs to be corrected to greatest film of all time.
Rating: ***** (Top of the Pops)