Back to the Future (1985)


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“There’s that word again. “Heavy.” Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with the Earth’s gravitational pull?” – Dr. Emmett Brown

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater, DVD, 7 May 2013)

Brief Synopsis – A teenager is inadvertently sent back in time 30 years and meets his parents as teenagers and must find his way back home.

My Take on it – I recall the hype when this movie came out and remember the thrill when I finally went to the movie theater to see it in the summer of 1985.  As a kid, my friends and I were fascinated by this movie and the concept of a Time-traveling Delorean. We would always discuss this movie and I even had a friend who had seen it so many times, he knew the entire dialogue word for word by heart.

I still enjoy this fantasy flick every time I see it and just LOVE the over-the-top performance by Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown.  Michael J. Fox was excellently cast (after they filmed 6 weeks with Eric Stoltz where they had to discard all that footage) as Marty McFly and even as a twenty something he expertly gave the impression that he was still 17.

Definitely the most serious of the BTTF trilogy and the best, but it was a pleasure to reacquaint myself with the characters for Parts II and III.

Great cameos by Huey Lewis (who is the singer of  the movie’s main theme – Power of Love) during the first 10 minutes of the movie.

Bottom Line – Very fun movie, better than the sequels (as usually happens), great storyline, great acting and worth seeing. Highly recommended!!

Rating – Oscar Worthy

18 thoughts on “Back to the Future (1985)

  1. Man oh man I love this movie, it’s so hard to change the channel if you happen to see it on, and just about every scene is CLASSIC. I loved the sequel too, third one was fun but it’s the second one that rocked, I can still remember my excitement leading up to its release!

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    • Yep. Really great iconic 80’s movie. It really is one of my favorites. I also liked the sequels, but they still weren’t as good as the original. What I loved about the sequel was the way they integrated new Marty into the old scenes without changing the original 🙂

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        • Yes. The future part was amazing. Its scary that in a mere two years, we’ll be there and most of what Zemeckis and Spielberg dreamed of didn’t make it to 2015. One of the things that I always liked about Part 2 was that it was (at the time) The only optimistic view of the future. All other movies showed a grim future with lots of war and destruction. Can’t right now think of any other movies with a positive viewpoint on the future but I’m sure there have been some others.

          I actually believed reports at the time that there really were hoverboards 🙂

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  2. This was my favorite movie of all time when I was a little kid. It continues to be one of my favorites. I like your review. Quick and to the point. Some people have a tendency to go on and on. I find it hard to read a review that is a few pages long.

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    • That exactly why I chose to write short reviews. Long reviews give away too much. I write the kind of reviews that I would want to read. Get a brief synopsis of a movie and based on that I can decide whether to watch it or not.

      Thanks for commenting

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