Back to the Future
Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction adventure comedy film written by Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis, who was also the director. It was released on July 3, 1985. The film sparked a franchise, with two sequels, Back to the Future Part II (1989) and Back to the Future Part III (1990), as well as an animated series, theme park ride, several video games and even a musical.
In 1985, small-town California teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is thrown back into 1955 when an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) goes awry. Traveling through time in a modified DeLorean car, Marty encounters young versions of his parents (Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson), and must make sure that they fall in love or he'll cease to exist. Even more dauntingly, Marty has to return to his own time and save the life of Doc Brown.
Why It Rocks
- The movie presents a clever and well-written story focused on time travels for comedy purposes that still don't affect the sci-fi/fantasy feeling of the movie.
- A lot of funny dialogue, like "Great scott!"
- Well-direction of Robert Zemeckis.
- The idea of traveling back in time gives very interesting topics such as what it would be like to meet your own parents when they were younger.
- A great protagonist duo by Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd who have excellent chemistry.
- A pretty good choice for the actors who portray very interesting characters. Thomas F. Wilson especially plays a great villain with Biff Tannen, but the movie offers nice performances by Crispin Glover as George McFly and Lea Thompson as Lorraine McFly too.
- The opening scene where Marty gets launched by his guitar rock when the sounds louder is hilarious.
- Despite being generic, Biff's lines and insults can be memorable and his bullying behavior is well handled.
- The movie features the DeLorean (an actual car that failed in the early 1980s) time machine which became an iconic vehicle in the movie industry and a pop culture icon.
- Memorable musical score by Alan Silvestri. Two highlights:
- An iconic opening theme
- Awesome songs by Huey Lewis and The News among many other artists.
- This film seriously stretches out its PG rating with their level of content. Aside from one of the leads being gunned down near the beginning, (this gets retconned and undone by later events, but still) there's also Marty's plan to get George and Lorraine together at the dance which involves him faking a rape attempt on his own mother, which was then broken up by a real rape attempt from Biff. Not to mention the potential incest young Lorraine gives to her future son Marty. This is a family movie, right?
- Biff Tannen can be an unlikeable character when he is the main antagonist who only existed to give Marty and his family some dramatic tension.
- It's never explained how Marty and the Doc ever met.
- Plot hole: Even though Marty had altered the past, Marty still somehow had the McFly siblings' photograph not only in the past, but also completely unchanged.
Back to the Future received praised for the story, comedy, and the cast—particularly Fox, Lloyd, Thompson, and Glover. Rotten Tomatoes assesses a 96% approval rating from the aggregated reviews of 83 critics, with an average rating of 8.80/10. The consensus reads, "Inventive, funny, and breathlessly constructed, Back to the Future is a rousing time-travel adventure with an unforgettable spirit.". The film has a score of 87 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 15 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".