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Back to the Future (1985)

  Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Written by: Bob Gale, Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Crispin Glover, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Claudia Wells, Thomas F. Wilson
Links: Back to the Future on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD, Buy the Soundtrack, Buy the Book
Genre: Comedy

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating)
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Back to the Future (1985) is also mentioned in pearly's review of Back to the Future Part II (1989).

"Everyone knows it's 88 miles per hour" - a review by pearly

Back to the Future is a brilliant example of a decent movie from the 1980s, that decade which mostly produced crap in both the film and music worlds. Lovable crap, but crap nonetheless. It succeeds not only in entertainment value, but goes above and beyond with unique sections that can be seen even from the opening moments: the Doc's intricate wake-up invention is just a taste of what's to come.

Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox, in his film career highlight) is a young lad with a strange friend. That friend is Doctor Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd, also in his film career highlight), an eccentric inventor who, when we first meet him, reveals to Marty that he has created a car capable of travelling through time. Thinking it's all in fun, Marty and Doc head back in time, but it's not long before they realise that if they mess with events from the past, they'll alter the future, and not necessarily in a good way (like when the guy steps on the butterfly in that Ray Bradbury short story that they've just finished making into a movie by the name of A Sound of Thunder (2004)).

Having realised this just a little too late, Doc and Marty must figure out a way of fixing up all the things that they've done to ruin the space-time continuum.

Back to the Future is a really great film, and if I may use an old cliché, it's fun for all the family. Some of the characters are a little stereotyped, like Marty's dad's nemesis Biff (Thomas F. Wilson), who is the "baddie" of the bunch, but this doesn't take away from the enjoyment of the film.

Time travel is quite an intriguing topic, and Back to the Future is probably the most popular film about it, and with good cause. Some of the concepts that were used in Back to the Future (I won't say that this was the first place where they appeared, but it was certainly one of the earliest popularisations) have been re-visited since, in popular films like Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). Interestingly, I saw Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban only days after having re-watched Back to the Future, and the similarities are quite striking. My point is that time travel puts bums on seats, and there certainly was a lot of sitting being done for this one.

pearly gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 30 Jun 2004

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