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Movie Review: Back To The Future

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The 1980s classic movie Back To The Future, recently re-released in  the U.K., is about to re-open at AMC theaters in the U.S. later this month. The science fiction classic will play two nights only, October 23rd and 25th. 

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Back To The Future (and I hope that’s not many of you), it follows the story of Marty McFly who, with the assistance of Doc. Emmett L. Brown, travels back to 1955 in a Delorean automobile. While there, he stops his parents from meeting, which, of course begins to cancel out his own existence. He only has a week to get his parents together before he and his siblings fade out of existence altogether. 

Playing cool kid Marty McFly (for whom the British band McFly was named) is Michael J. Fox, who excels here as the average kid out of his depth. Doc. Emmett Brown is played by Christopher Lloyd; Brown has many of the movie’s most quotable lines, if only for the way that he says them (his exclamation of “1.21 JIGOWATTS!” is particulary legendary). Lloyd portrays his character as slightly larger than life, although he is clueless about other things (when you are confronted by Libyan terrorists, you do not throw your gun at them even if it’s empty). 

Some themes, including fear of rejection and building up confidence, occur in both of the movie’s time frames (“present day” 1985 and 1955). 

Pop culture references abound in this film to show the difference between the two generations, such as 1955 Doc finding it incredible that Ronald Reagan could be president in 1985, and the citizens of 1955 Hill Valley not knowing who John F. Kennedy was. And let’s not forget the scene at the Enchantment Under The Sea Dance where Marty shows off a couple of signature music moves not invented yet. 

One of the areas where this film excels (to say nothing of the subsequent two, which are also excellent) is the fact that its hero is not infallible, and even while he’s being cool he makes mistakes. This makes him very believable. 

These classics are being brought back into the local movie house in honor of the Blu-ray and DVD 25th anniversary editions, being released October 26th (the night that Marty McFly goes back in time). They will be reviewed on this very site.

For anyone who has not experienced the joy of these films on the big screen, put the Delorean in drive and get going to the cinema. You’re in for some serious shit. 

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