Back to the Future (1985)

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Back to the Future (1985)Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Written By: Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale

Rating: PG (US) Running Time: 1 hr 56 min

Two Cents:

Still as relevant in 2014 as it was back in good old 1985. Back to the Future is a timeless classic, and an incredibly well constructed film. Creating characters we can care about, and an authentic time and place to tell a great story. There’s also a lot of great chemistry in the performances from Micheal J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Crispin Glover and Lea Thompson. It’s funny, but also moving, and it reminds us our parents were once young too. Marty’s (Michael J. Fox) interactions with his parents are quite frankly fascinating. Wouldn’t you just love to meet your parents before they became your parents? See what they were like. Marty’s accidental interruption to the series of events that brought his parents together jeopardize his very existence. So, as reluctant matchmaker, he not only learns a lot about where his own insecurities come from. But he also learns a thing or two about his parents, and at times, seems actually in awe of them.

Movie Prep:

If you’ve somehow not seen any of the Back to the Future films, you’re in for a treat. Time travel stories are nearly always interesting, but Back to the Future also has real heart. Pay attention during the first act set in 1985, as the things you’ll learn will come in handy when Marty travels back to 1955.

Best Format:

The transfer to blu-ray has mostly been successful. It has however exposed a few limitations in the makeup technology available in 1985. This is only a minor problem though, and doesn’t spoil the film. The rest of the visual effects are still very effective, and the terrific score by Alan Silvestri sounds great!

Best element for me:

Not sure how I can pick a moment or element that stands out. The whole film is pretty much flawless in my opinion. If I had to select an element that stands out beyond the rest, I’d pick Micheal J. Fox. His performance is just perfect in this film.

References: IMDBRotten Tomatoes

Jon’s Two pence:

I totally agree. It’s a modern masterpiece. Everything happens for a reason, and is there for a reason. It’s the tightest story I think I’ve ever seen. The writers did such a good job and the two sequels are fitted in almost as perfectly – amazing retrofitting. At almost 30 years old it’s fascinating as a time capsule and modern audiences can wonder as much as life in the eighties as Marty does in the fifties. The scene where he has to freak his dad out into finding some confidence is still as funny!

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