Movie Project #2: Back to the Future [1985, Zemeckis]

Back to the Future [1985, Zemeckis]

Back to the Future [1985]
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Genre: Adventure/Family/Sci-Fi
Language: English
Country: USA

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.

Back to the Future [1985, Zemeckis]

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 [1985, Zemeckis]

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.


15 thoughts on “Movie Project #2: Back to the Future [1985, Zemeckis]

  1. Richard says:

    Can’t believe you hadn’t seen this until now, Eric. That’s just crazy talk! Great scott!

    Glad you enjoyed it, but then it’s hard to imagine how anyone couldn’t. Welcome to the human race, my friend. 🙂

  2. Corey Atad says:

    Excellent! My favourite movie of all time. Glad you got such a kick out of it, and I’m happy to see you recognized just how tight and “perfect” the script is. Back to the Future is one of those rare films where everything just seems to fit together and work perfectly while also feeling light on its feet and totally charming.

    • Eric says:

      I totally agree. Everything clicked in this movie, and the end result is a film that I just can’t imagine someone not liking. Thanks for the comment!

  3. Cy Quick says:

    May I just say that I rocked back in my seat when the band began to play Earth Angel? I had not realised that it was literally possible. It was at the ABC in Lord Street, Southport, Merseyside, here in UK, and I was sitting on the edge of my seat. I had not heard Earth Angel for… yes, thirty years. Now, I have it, and many other of my teenage faves, on CD. (Don’t tell me about that i-tunes stuff. Not the same.) Glad you caught up. Neat Post. One last point: As far as I am concerned, any year later than 1959 is the Future. I realise that I have no option other than to live in it, but I still prefer the good old Present, the 1950s.

    • Eric says:

      Haha, good stuff! I think vinyl is the way to go for the ultimate listening experience, though I am guilty of using mp3s and online streaming more than anything these days. Thanks for sharing your BTTF memories!

  4. Laurean Vincent says:

    I couldn’t imagine getting out of high school without ever having seen this movie. For one, it taught me that the best skateboarding is at night in abandoned mall parking lots. I’m glad you splurged to purchase the discs for yourself, you will enjoy them for years to come. The blog was great and brought words to mind of why I still watch this movie on Saturday mornings.

  5. Steve says:

    I remember asking my instructor in an electronics class on capacitors how the “flux capacitor” makes time travel possible. The whole class got it right away and we had a good laugh for several minutes thereafter.

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