Back to the Future 
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Out of all of the movies I haven’t seen, I caught the most flack for missing out on Back to the Future. I had seen bits and pieces of it over the years and remembered a few select scenes (such as Marty McFly rocking out at his parents’ prom), but I never actually watched the entire movie in one sitting. Thanks to a dirt cheap Amazon deal, I now have the entire trilogy on Blu-ray. No longer do I have any excuses for missing out on this classic time travel flick.
Going into the movie, I was expecting a light-hearted and fun family feature. This is what I received, but I was pleasantly surprised as to how much I enjoyed it all. Back to the Future is charming, inspirational and entertaining. It’s also a perfect hybrid of comedy, adventure and sci-fi. Throw in a great cast led by Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd — both of whom have impeccable chemistry together — and you have the makings for a classic popcorn blockbuster.
Michael J. Fox stars as Marty McFly, a teenager who is accidentally sent back in time from 1985 to 1955 while driving his friend Doc Brown’s (Lloyd) Delorean (which just so happens to be rigged with a time machine). After the initial shock of being in the 50s wears off, Marty makes some unwanted changes to history and has to go through a series of events to make things right again. During this, he meets his future parents. His mom (Lea Thompson) is a sexpot and keeps making moves at him, which Marty valiantly struggles to fight off. His father (Crispin Glover) is a nerd, a total pushover with no self confidence. Marty’s two main goals are to ensure that his parents fall in love, and also to get back to the future (of course).
The time travel shtick leads to some truly great moments. There are a lot of amusing disparities between the two times, such as the town’s old theater being turned into an adult cinema in 1985, and Marty’s orange vest frequently referred to as a life jacket in 1955. Whereas so many other time travel movies gloss over potentially history-altering moments, every aspect of Back to the Future seems to be important in the grand scheme of things.
Back to the Future is one of those rare movies where everything is perfectly aligned. Director Robert Zemeckis was paired with the perfect script and the right cast, and he was able to put together an all-around wonderful movie. I am grading this as a tentative 9, but I have the feeling that on subsequent viewings I could give this the full monty. Seriously, this is fantastic and now I understand why everyone was harping on me about not seeing it.