As you can tell by most of my profile and headed pictures, I have a slight obsession for this movie. Not for all of my life, but I’d say from my late teens/early twenties the 1985 time travelling masterpiece that is Back to the Future has pretty much been my “go to” film. It’s the only one in my ever-growing dvd/blu ray/digital collection that I can always turn to in times of need and I will watch it at the very minimum of once a month.
I would place this (at the top obviously) amongst a selection of 80’s films that will stand the test of time and my (future) children won’t have a choice, they will have to watch this even if it’s as a form of punishment. This prestigious group also includes Ghostbusters, Gremlins, E.T, The Goonies, Big, Who Framed Rodger Rabbit, the list could go on.
Time travelling movies were attempted before and after BTTF, including its 2 sequels, but never quite reaches the sheer brilliance that this does.
Marty McFly is your typical 80’s movie kid, and in a bizarre twist of events he finds himself transported back to 1955 where he inadvertently stops his parents meeting and falling in love. So in order to stop him and his siblings from never existing, he must get his parents to fall for each other as well as avoiding the fists of local bully Biff. He does this all with the help of his friend Doc Brown who isn’t the most level-headed Doctor you’ll ever meet.
Michael J. Fox is just perfect as Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd as Doctor Emmett Brown will go down in history as one of the zaniest and greatest characters to ever grace our screen. Lea Thompson is Marty’s flirty and certainly not shy mum and Crispin Glover plays his bumbling, sci-fi addicted father. And you can’t forget Thomas F. Wilson as the baddie Biff, a true comic bully who’s no nonsense, punch now, ask questions later approach to life is great to watch. Now, I know diddly-squat about cars, and I mean squat. But what I do know is that I want to drive or at the very least sit in a BTTF DeLorean sometime in my life. The closest I’ve been is the one parked next to the river at Universal Studios Orlando and of course the Back to the Future Ride also at the Studios which has sadly been replaced. I adored that ride and I hope that one day, somehow I will get to ride it again, but for now I’ll stick with videos of it on YouTube.
The film is full of memorable moments, memorable quotes and an ass-kicking soundtrack! Director Robert Zemeckis has done a truly wonderful job of creating a film that will last forever.
A few weeks ago was Back To The Future day (21st October 2015 for anyone who shockingly doesn’t know the memorable date). Sadly I was poorly so was unable to celebrate it as much as I would of liked , I did however watch the trilogy, re-built my Lego DeLorean and played Rocket League with a DeLorean which I will use forever. I loved how much attention it got on the news and how people were celebrating it all over the world. It goes to show that the film, now 30 years old, is still so popular and hopefully with this latest celebration it will garner a new generation of fans. The only sour note was the Keith Lemon program re-creating the films best scenes (and ruining them), visiting set pieces and also embarrassed himself in an interview with Bob Gale, who wrote BTTFII. It made a mockery of the film and he should be ashamed of it.
But on a much more positive note I must mention last year’s Secret Cinema event of BTTF which I’m sure most people have heard of for both good and bad reasons. I’m not here to talk about the bad, only the good and I was lucky enough to be there on the final night!
Forget their opening week issues, this was truly one of the greatest things I have ever been to in my life and I won’t tell you about it, I’ll show you with the video Secret Cinema made to honour it. I think its now all but confirmed that the event will make its way to America and when it does, you guys are in for one helluva treat! It was honestly one of the best days of my life. So please, watch the video and prepare to feel incredibly jealous if you didn’t go, to relive the magic if you did and get excited (Americans) for what is on its way.
Until next time… 🙂