Dir. by Robert Zemeckis - 1 hr. 56 min.
by Clayton Hollifield
I could have sworn I'd written about this movie before. It seems impossible that I haven't. Well, caveats out of the way - I threw this on in honor of Back to the Future Day, but only to have something on in the background while I was working on some artwork. Usually, music serves that function, but I've seen "Back to the Future" enough times previously where it's not like I was going to miss anything. Also, anyone of my generation has probably seen this film enough times that it's kind of weird re-watching it, since every scene is drilled into our collective brains. And, as such, the movie goes by very, very quickly.
Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is a teenager with teenager concerns; getting through high school, trying to get into the talent show, sneaking away for a "camping trip" with his girlfriend. He's also got a crazy-ass scientest buddy, Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd), who may or may not resemble a character from "Rick & Morty." His family is pretty much straight out of "Repo Man." But Dr. Brown has an invention that requires some assistance from Marty, which leads to this:
Huey Lewis & the News - "Back in Time"
So here's my thing. It's impossible to say much about the movie. It made a zillion dollars. Everyone knows every line. I've been on the ride at Universal Studios a number of times. Is it my favorite movie ever made? Not really. But I like it. So does everyone. So everyone involved must've done something right. Is there anything at all that anyone involved could have jumped in a DeLorean to change, that would have made people remember it MORE fondly? That would have this film make even MORE money? Nah, I doubt it. It's not perfect, but it's definitely the right film for the right time that struck the right chord with audiences. "Back to the Future" is a broad, all-ages comedy that completely succeeds at that task, even if it occasionally deviates from my own personal tastes.
It's a lot easier to pick at the sequels than this film, because this has ascended from movie to pop culture touchstone. So lets just say that "Back to the Future" is pretty good, and you're likely not to regret the couple of hours that it'll take to watch it. Anything beyond that is wasted breath. So let's take a look at that sweet ride, and if I watch the sequels, I'll have a lot more to say about them.
4 / 5 - DVD