Im a little late to the party, but I finally watched Back to the Future.
Yes, you did read that correctly – I had never watched Back To The Future until the other day (cue gasps). Cut me some slack, it’s only taken me 22 years.
After being called out in the office for not watching what is apparently the greatest movie of all time, I decided to take it upon myself/was forced to see what all the fuss was about – or risk being locked out.
So, here’s what I thought.
A Plot Worth Watching
I had a vague idea going in of what to expect from the plot, and after being told this was one of the best movies I’ll ever watch I had very high expectations- it did not disappoint.
If you, like me, haven’t watched Back to the Future yet- absolutely no judgements here- here is a quick rundown.
Marty McFly is a 17-year-old high school student who is sent back to 1955 in a DeLorean time machine created by the eccentric and whacky Doc Brown. In order to get back to the present and avoid being erased from time he takes on the mission of getting his parents to meet and fall in love in a series of chain reaction events.
The plot had everything- laughs, romance and plenty of sci-fi action. From the start Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis’s screenplay is golden, you can certainly tell why it was Oscar-nominated.
Even though the concept of the story is simple, it is so jam packed with clever lines, action and comedic dialogue that scored a good laugh or two from me and kept me hooked until the very end. Everything in the plot wove together seamlessly and it seemed as if it took no effort at all to create a great story from so little.
All the small pieces tied together in the end and kept me on my toes and paying attention until the final scenes. It wasn’t as predictable as I thought it would be, and there was not a plot hole insight when I was finished.
It’s hard for me to decide on a favourite bit, but I’d have to pick the final clocktower scene that sends Marty home and the skateboard chase scene as two that really got me going. Of course, the parts where Lorraine is unknowingly flirting with her teenage son are a classic good laugh followed by a physical cringe but amazing nonetheless.
I’d have to say, my favourite part of this movie was watching the character development- I’m a sucker for it.
George McFly was one of my favourites to watch with the classic shy pushover husband turning into a successful confident man after the events that unfold, and all from one punch! Marty’s parents were great to watch and seeing their characters unfold and change as circumstances occurred was a treat.
Marty’s character was executed perfectly, and Michael J Fox was a perfect cast to play such a role, he was the classic boy next door and there was no way you couldn’t just adore him and his witty lines and strong determination.
Of course, one of the most intriguing characters to watch had to be none other than Dr. Emmett Brown himself. I don’t usually dig stereotypes, but his portrayal of the whacky and weird scientist made the movie all that much better.
Hill Valley feels like a real town and the characters make it relatable and breathe life into a perfectly set film.
The film offers us a glimpse of 1955 and reflects the era’s fascination with the ‘idyllic life’ of the 1950’s.
The Final Verdict…
All in all, I can see why this is a classic and among one of the named greatest movie trilogies over the years. It has it all – from charming characters to twists and turns and everything in between, it was a movie that made me smile and sometimes had me on the edge of my seat.
I guess now I can officially say I’m a Back to the Future fan.
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