Back to the Future is a beloved classic made in 1985 directed by Robert Zemeckis. Michael J. Fox stars as the main character, Marty McFly, and Christopher Lloyd stars as Dr. Emmett Brown or ‘Doc’, who helps Marty throughout his journey. The general plot of the movie is Marty gets sent back in time to the year 1955, where he meets his future parents but intercepts with the first time they met. Marty gets advice from Doc on how to repair the damage he has caused in history and tries to make his parents fall in love before he ‘disappears’. Doc also must find a way to return Marty to the future of 1985.
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One thing that instantly hooked me toward this movie was the general concept of time travel. Science fiction was not something I was really interested in when I was younger; I focused on movies that were comedic or action filled and I didn’t think science was synonymous with those genres. However, time travel was something I was always curious about and arguably the only ‘scientific’ subject I thought was interesting no matter which genre it was involved with. The other reason I wanted to watch this movie was just how successful it was. I was familiar with other ‘old’ classic films that were critically praised and beloved by the audience, and Back to the Future was one of those classics.
I love this movie. I adore the entire trilogy and it deserves all the attention it got. One standout feature about the movie are its characters. Both Marty and Doc were three dimensional characters that the audience couldn’t help but enjoy seeing on screen time and time again. Those two together always gets a laugh out of me because their dynamic is just so good. They are hilarious individuals and they work so well together, emphasizing each other’s strong points. The side characters were also a treat to watch. Marty’s parents when they were teenagers were funny in their own way in comparison to their future selves. To see how Marty’s mother acted as a teenager versus how she acted as an adult was so entertaining to watch, and the same thing can be said about his father.
The story is really interesting, messing with the space-time continuum and trying to fix the damage before it’s too late. The near ending scene where Marty was in a literal race against time was the most intense scene of the entire film. I was on the edge of my seat when Marty got into the car, but the wire got messed up so Doc had to fix it before the lightning strike. Besides the comedy and the tense situations Marty and Doc got into, there were also some really touching scenes in this movie. Seriously, what doesn’t this movie have? After seeing how Marty lived his life and how his parents were like in the beginning, it was really satisfactory to see how their lives changed for the better in the ending. Seeing George McFly finally standing up for himself was definitely a scene I remember applauding at, considering this was the legendary moment that changed the future for George’s life and his family. Doc and Marty’s friendship was also a sentiment in itself, because the movie just wouldn’t have been as big as it was without those two in it.
There weren’t any glaring issues with this movie, but if I had to nitpick, I guess the whole science behind time travel was a little inaccurate. There was also the fact that the movie doesn’t explain how Marty and Doc even met. A waved off “hey remember that science fair we met in,” kind of dialogue would’ve been nice, but that’s not such a huge problem. The execution was still very well done, the characters were entertaining, the story was gripping from beginning to end and the film definitely deserves the title of ‘epic masterpiece’.
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