Back to the Future (1985) – Encore Review

bttf1“Wait a minute. Wait a minute, Doc. Ah… Are you telling me that you built a time machine… out of a DeLorean? ” – Marty McFly

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater in ’85, cable, video, DVD, 7 May 2013 and 13 Nov 2014)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A teenager accidentally goes back in time and inadvertently stops his parents from falling in love. He has a week to try and get them back together and find a way back to his own time.

spoiler alertMy Take on it – I still remember the feelings I had seeing this in the theater for the first time in the summer of 1985.

As an 11 year old, my mind raced the whole time thinking about the novel concepts that were being presented to me onscreen.

I’m not sure how much I had been exposed to time travel theory at the time, but I can say without a doubt that this movie had a very large part in forming in my mind the concepts of time travel and paradoxes.

This movie knows when to take things seriously and when to make light of the very subject matter it presents.  It doesn’t completely take itself seriously and even continues to poke fun at itself along the way.

The plot is great because they make us pay attention to minute details that change throughout the course of the movie.

There are obviously plot holes and problems with the script, but when watching and enjoying this movie, they don’t stand out as much as one would think.

The bottom line is that you can see that Director/Writer Bob Zemekis and writer Bob Gale had a blast writing and making this movie and even 29 year after it came out, it still is such a fun movie to watch.

The music is done extremely well.  The score is one of my favorites and with a collection of songs from Huey Lewis and having Marty play Johnny B. Goode, it will always be high on my list of movie soundtracks.

Here is the theme song!


Here is the video for Power of Love:


It’s also hard to ever forget the skateboard chase scene in downtown Hill Valley circa 1955.

And who can forget the ending scene that was meant as a joke, but inspired 2 sequels…. 🙂

Bottom Line – Great concept. Love the time travel aspects and how it doesn’t always take itself too seriously constantly poking fun at itself. One of my favorite movie soundtracks that includes amazing songs from Huey Lewis and others and also a musical score that always made me think of this time travel adventure. Epic cast in a classic movie from my youth.  Highly recommended!

Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)


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21 thoughts on “Back to the Future (1985) – Encore Review

  1. So you’re 39 I think?

    Only kidding, I can write something more constructive than that …..

    Have you ever been on the Back to the Future ride at Disneyworld?


    GREAT REVIEW!!!!! It’s cool it made you think more about time travel as a kid.


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