Today we’re talking about the 1985 film Back to the Future.
I’ve heard that some film schools use this movie as an example of the perfect film script. I’m not sure it’s perfect, but it’s very well done. The setup and the parallels are excellent, the technobabble is limited and laced with important information, and everything is resolved fairly well.
There are some anachronisms and a few things that felt like Marty influenced from the original timeline that felt off. Some of the parallels are a little forced and hard to believe.
I love Marty, but his parents are very odd people. Despite having seen this movie a dozen times, I’m still weirded out by the dad’s peeping-tom antics and the mom’s forwardness and flightiness, neither of which were really addressed.
Doc Brown is fantastic and I like the secondary charactrers.
The relationship with Biff and Marty’s dad annoys me because it looks like they’re playing the same script over and over again. I get that it’s for the parallel structure, but it’s a little too specific.
The movie has some of the most gloriously cringy dialogue. “You are my density” is sheer genius. The banter and accents are great. I love Doc Brown’s frantic way of talking.
Visuals and Music
The special effects are at a minimum but used well, the sets are amazing, and the costumes great. The cinematography is beautiful.
The music is one of the most iconic from the time period and both Alan Silvestri and Huey Lewis did amazing in their respective parts.
The whole family was glued to the screen the whole time. The 5yo almost died from second hand embarrassment several times and was very concerned with the changes in the timeline.
I’ve seen this movie a lot, especially as a kid, and it still holds the same excitement and wonder.
A classic 80’s movie with a fantastic cast and great story. You’ll be humming the music and loving every moment.
Final Score: 4.5 Stars out of 5