A 1.21 GIGAWATTS FUELED REVIEW: “Back to the Future” stars Michael J. Fox (Family Ties [TV series], Doc Hollywood), Christopher Lloyd (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Who Framed Roger Rabbit), Lea Thompson (Caroline in the City, Switched at Birth [TV series]), Crispin Glover (Alice in Wonderland , 9), Thomas F. Wilson (The Heat, Rio), Claudia Wells (Starship: Rising, Still Waters Burn), James Tolkan (Top Gun, Problem Child 2), Marc McClure (Apollo 13, Superman ), and Wendie Jo Sperber (Bachelor Party, Bosom Buddies). It is directed by Robert Zemeckis (Cast Away, The Polar Express) who also co-wrote it with Bob Gale (1941, Trespass). Marty McFly (Fox) is your typical eighties teenager. He has big dreams and wants to amount to something greater than what his parents are doing in life. Little does he know that all that can change and more when his friend, Doctor Emmett Brown (Lloyd) invents time travel with a DeLorean as a time machine. With this time machine, Marty accidentally goes back in time to 1955, meeting his parents and forever changing time. Now, in order for him to exist, he must find a way to shift events back to how they used to be, but he won’t have a lot of time to do it.
“Great Scott!” It’s been long overdue, but after two years of reviewing, I am finally giving my two cents on “Back to the Future,” a timely classic for many. Not only is a classic, but it is a staple for pretty much all time-traveling films. I mean, who doesn’t think of “Back to the Future” when asked about time-traveling movies? I’ve seen this picture a dozen of times, but I still watched it over again specifically for this review, and to be honest, I was still entertained and felt the way I did when I first watched it. What was great about revisiting this movie was how many little details I missed. Certain plot points or materials on the screen that capture my attention that didn’t before. Take the beginning for example. You’ll notice next to all of those clocks a drawing of Doc Brown hanging on a clock, long before the event takes place in the movie. It fascinates me of how many things I missed. What sets this film apart from any other time-travel movie (or any movie for that matter) is its originality and characters. Who would have thought that a kid traveling back to the fifties in a DeLorean would be a good idea? Geniuses, that’s who. And no matter how many times I see this flick, it’ll still be awesome, every time. Other than the plot, the characters are what give this picture its life. Marty, Doc, George (Glover), Lorraine (Thompson), Biff (Wilson). They are all memorable and I enjoyed watching them. But it’s not the characters themselves that do this, it’s the actors. Thank goodness Michael J. Fox signed onto this movie in time. He IS Marty McFly. And you can’t have a “Back to the Future” without Christopher Lloyd. His portrayal of Doc Brown is the best. To be honest, you can’t have as big of an impact in this movie without the actors that are in it. Could you picture anyone else playing the role of Biff other than Thomas F. Wilson? No. That’s why the acting is what makes the characters, which in turn makes the movie. That could be said about any film really, except for awful ones or pictures that need improvement. I just love this movie. There is nothing like it out there and that is what makes it special. Speaking of special, let’s talk about the special effects. Even after thirty years, this movie still holds up. The trends may have changed, of course, but the visual effects haven’t gotten to the point of unwatchability (made that word up). It hasn’t gotten outdated and it actually won an Oscar for it. That, partnered up with the makeup for this flick, which was phenomenal. It took years for me to realize that both Crispin Glover and Lea Thompson were around the same age as Michael J. Fox, and they portrayed his parents! The skill used to make them look older was spectacular and I am still in awe by it today. What was also great was how they showed the difference of their old age in two separate timelines and how certain changes in history can affect one’s appearance. It just makes me think. That’s what a lot of this film does. It’s a fun, wild adventure that has a lot of essence to take from. To be made in the eighties was probably the perfect time to do it as well. I mean, what’s interesting in this day in age? We wouldn’t have the Pepsi Free joke if it was made today. All those references in both the eighties and fifties are what makes this picture more enjoyable than it could’ve been, and I couldn’t have it any other way. Which reminds me to move onto the next agenda: cons. What was wrong with this film? Well, when you have a movie centered around time-travel, it’s incredibly hard to make it perfect, and in most cases it never is. Sadly, this is one of those cases. There are certain things that happen in this film that I couldn’t see logically happening in terms of choices and what not. Mainly it has to do with how easily certain things can fall into place. It’s hard to come up with examples on the top of my head to be honest, but I do remember witnessing them, and you will see it too. Nonetheless, I’m rating this thing high up on the scale because no matter how many little things I can nitpick, I still love this movie and for the majority of it they get things done right. If you haven’t seen this film yet, I don’t know why you are still reading this because you should spend this time watching it now! FINAL SCORE: 99%= Juicy Popcorn
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