#275/ 365 – ‘Back to the Future’ (1985) – 116 mins
IMDb Challenge #163/ 250 – Ranked #72 – DVD Collection
Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), a typical American teenager of 1985, is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorean “time machine” invented by the slightly mad Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd). During his often hysterical, always amazing trip back in time, Marty must make certain his teenage parents-to-be meet and fall in love – so he can get back to the future.
It’s all about the flux capacitor. As this provides the singular ingredient for a high octane ride of pure entertainment from start to finish in Robert Zemeckis classic time travelling story. Back to the Future is full of truly unforgettable moments. From the grossness of Lorraine trying it on with her future son back in the Fifties, to the spookiness of Marty realising he is back in time, to the excitement of the skateboard escape, and to the proud and cheer-inducing rush you get of seeing George finally standing up to Biff.
Then theres that cast to speak highly of. Eric Stoltz was originally intended for the role of Marty McFly and when the studio realised he was totally wrong for the part, a “Great Scott” moment indeed. The role was then offered over to Michael J Fox and to be honest with his impeccable comic timing you now can’t imagine anyone else a more perfect fit, and the one Fox will always be remembered for. As for Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown, he literally steals every scene the camera lingers upon on him with his mad as a hatter antics – “1.21 gigawatts? 1.21 gigawatts?” and of course the most quotable line of the whole movie – “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”. Rounding off the ensemble is Crispin Glover as Marty’s father, an excellent and intriguing actor who has been long under appreciated in this role.
To add to top of all this, there’s the soundtrack, a combination of classic ’80s pop from Huey Lewis and the News and feel good ’50s tunes such as the opening bars of Mr Sandman, and Marty’s insane and inspired rendition of Johnny B Goode.
Overall, with its ingenious scripting, excellent performances, wonderful score, effects, and inspirational ideas Robert Zemeckis as crafted a rare example of the perfect entertainment film to make Back To The Future one of the most deservedly popular movies in motion picture history.