Review of Robert Zemeckis’ classic action-adventure “Back To The Future”
By Carter Bagley
On October 21, 2015 which was officially titled “Back to the Future Day” by most of America, most people were either trying to get their hands on a pair of Nike’s extremely cool albeit too expensive self-lacing shoes or watching all those little ads people made to celebrate the special day when Marty McFly arrived in the future. I on the other hand, being a massive “Back To The Future” fan, went to see all 3 of the original movies at an amazing X-D theater near me; and let me tell you now, Hollywood simply doesn’t make films like these anymore. Right from the opening scenes of the original film, the iconic character of Marty McFly stumbling around Doc’s peculiar house and then realizing he’s late to school, “Back To The Future” has a sense of movie magic that many films don’t have anymore. Robert Zemeckis does an outstanding job at directing and although Steven Spielberg was just an Executive Producer on this film, you can still feel his presence throughout it as if Robert Zemeckis took a lot from the great Spielberg. Even after tremendous successes like best picture winning “Forrest Gump”, or others like “Cast Away” or “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, “Back To The Future” is still his greatest accomplishment in my opinion. Michael J. Fox kills it as the insanely cool and charming Marty McFly who is basically the guy every man wants to be in High School. With his awesome 80’s style, (complete with a red puffer vest, retro Nike Bruins and quite a bit of Denim) awesome skateboarding skills, rock star vibe, hot girlfriend, and for some reason being good friends with an old scientist.. it makes him look like the king of cool. Although he still has his share of flaws which is what makes him such a fascinating character. His family life isn’t the best, he gets in trouble quite a bit, he fails to book a gig with his band for the school, and he seems to be completely unsure of what the future holds for him. Although when Doc Brown asks him to bring his video camera to Twin Pines Mall on a quiet night Marty has no clue as to what is in store for him. Doc reveals he turned a DeLorean into a time machine which gets Marty to say the iconic line “Are you telling me..you built a time machine out of a DeLorean?” After testing it out on Doc’s dog Einstein, an unfortunate mishap forces Marty to make a getaway in the DeLorean not knowing that reaching 88 miles per hour would send him back to 1955. Now he must get out of this terrible situation, fix a few problems in the past and find a way to get back to the future. An incredible screenplay by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale tells an excellent and original story full of eccentric fleshed-out characters and some truly incredible moments. Christopher Lloyd is better than he’s ever been as the goofy, intelligent, and heartwarming Dr. Emmett Brown, Crispin Glover and Lea Thompson are also worth mentioning as Marty’s parents along with Paul F. Wilson who plays the unforgettable dumbass antagonist Biff Tannen. “Back To The Future” is absolutely an amazing cinematic experience with unforgettable characters and scenes which includes the phenomenal third act that encapsulates the entire film. Alan Silvestri’s score also elevates many sequences throughout the movie and all of this put together solidifies this classic film as truly one of the greatest and one of the most entertaining ever made.