Back to the Future (1985) – Encore Review 7

“Last night, Darth Vader came down from Planet Vulcan and told me that if I didn’t take Lorraine out, that he’d melt my brain.” – George McFly

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count, but definitely more than 50 times (Theater in ’85, cable, video, DVD, 7 May 2013, 13 Nov 2014, 8 Oct 2015 and 8 Mar 2017, 11 Jan 2018, 7 Oct 2019, 18 Jan 2021 and 1 Nov 2021)

Link to original reviewHere, Here, Here, Here, Here Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – A teenager is accidentally sent back in time 30 years where he changes the course of history after meeting his parents as teens.

My Take on it – This is among my all time favorite films and is always such a pleasure to watch.

the characters of Marty and Doc have truly become icons due to the amazing performances of Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd.

the story plays out so well and despite using many usual time travel tropes manages to stay fresh and innovative the whole way through.

The music by Alan Silvestri is quite iconic also and adds so much to the suspense and fun of this film at the same time.

Th way that they explain time travel in a simplistic way is great because it makes things feel so much more down to Earth since it doesn’t get bogged down by scientific jargon and terminology.

The idea of one going back in time and meeting their own parents is one that has been used beforehand, but this film helped show it in a more modern way that is easily comprehendable in the way it all plays out here.

The special effects are done so well that it helps make things feel even more realistic and tangible throughout.

In addition to Fox and Lloyd, the supporting cast is also exquisite with Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson, Claudia Wells and James Tolkien adding so much to the atmosphere of all that transpires here.

This is perhaps the very best time travle film ever made and the choice to use a futuristic car like a Delorean was such an amazing decision since it gives the story an otherworldly view even though it takes place in modern times.

This film is far superior than the two sequels it spawned even though they also are fun to watch.

This movie helped make Director Robert Zemekis and star and opened many doors for him in Hollywood.

The dialogue is great and quite quotable especially given how recognizable many of the line shave become.

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Apparently, Ronald Reagan was amused by Doc Brown’s disbelief that an actor like him could become President, so much so that he had the projectionist stop and replay the scene. He also seemed to enjoy it so much that he even made a direct reference of the film in his 1986 State of the Union address, “As they said in the film Back to the Future (1985), ‘Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.'” (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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