I have seen many films about time travel, but I have never seen one as clever, funny, or entertaining as Back to the Future. This Sci- Fi, comedy has an interesting plot, great chacters, and will leave you in stitches. The main stars of the film are Micheal J. Fox as Marty Mcfly, Christopher Loyed as Dr. Emmet “Doc” Brown, Lea Thompson as Lorraine Baines, Crispin Glover as George Mcfly, and Thomas F. Wilson as Biff Tannen.
The film starts out in Hill Valley in 1985, as the skatboarding and guiter teenager playing Marty Mcfly is living out his usual life. He lives at home with his dad, who is constantly pushed around by his boss and long time bully Biff, and his unhappy mother Lorraine. One night he gets a call by his good friend Dr. Emmet Brown. The Doc tells him to meet him at the twin pines mall early in the morning. When Marty arrives, he finds the doctor has made a time machine out of a delorean. Cause if your going to build a time machine, you need to do it with some style. They test it on Doc’s dog and they find out that it works. However, before they can use it for any other purposes, they are attacked by Lybians. Doc told them he would make them a bomb so he could get the plutonium needed to power the car. They gun Doc down and Marty accidently uses the time machine to go back to 1955. While there, he saves his younger dad from being hit by a car, meets up with his parents as teenagers, and starts to erase himself from existence. Now, he needs to find the Doc, get the time machine working again (he didn’t bring any extra fuel with him), and place himself back into existence.
The script for this movie is one of the most clever scirpts I’ve ever seen. Ever detail is touched upon, every scene has something of interest in it, and the Sci-Fi is handled fantastically. The time travel is handled logically, has small but clever bits of trivia I only caught after multiple viewings (pay attention to the Twin Pines Mall sign), and actually seems realistic. It’s hard to give examples without spoiling but I will say that the film keeps everything that happens in the past consistent with the future and I can’t even remember any continuity errors. While this is all well and good, the main reason to watch this movie is for the comedy. It has brilliant comedic timing, wonderful jokes, and is filled with wit. The funniest scene in the movie are the ones involving Biff. He’s so unintelligent and so sellfish that he gives the audience comedy gold. One of my favorite moments is in the begining when he gets mad at George because he crashed George’s car.
No matter how good a script is, you need good actors to bring it to life, and this film has plenty. Micheal J. Fox just oozes charisma. The minute you see him, you allready love him. The way he talks, what he says, and his facial expressions make him someone you’ll cheer for in a heart beat. Next up is Christopher Loyed, who gives off the best proformance in the whole movie. The way he says certain words and how over the top he goes works perfectly with his character. When he screams words the way he does, like when he say 1.21 gigawatts, just makes you want to laugh. A close second to Christopher Loyed is Thomas F. Wilson. The main thing he does that’s so great is his comedic timing. The way he’ll sometimes pause or emphasise cartain words makes you feel like you’ve been sprayed with laughing gass. One of my favorite lines from him is when he says, “Why don’t you make like a tree… and get out of here.” Then we come to Lea Thompson who, while still doing a good job, was probably the weakest link. I think she just didn’t have enough to work with besides being boy crazy but she just didn’t stand out as much. Last but not least is Crispin Glover who is almost as good as Thomas. He also has histarical comedic timing and can say lines in ways that just make you wet your pants laughing. For example, he says, “Get me a milk. Chocolate,” in a way that it sounds like he just walked into a bar and was a big biker, but his voice and what he’s saying just make you want roll on the floor laughing.
Lastly, I’ll briefly touch upon some of the smaller details that arn’t as important, but are still worth mentioning. The film has an enjoyable score that I like to go back and listen to every once in a while. I also like how the film makes the 50s noticablly different from the 80s. I also really like the ending and how it plays out (I would go into more detail but I don’t want to spoil anything).
With an incredible script, great acting, and funny characters, Back to the Future is a movie I’ll never get tired of. Whenever I see it I can notice something different and still have a good time with what I allready know is going to happen. This movie can appeal to people of all ages (provided some censoring for some of the kids at times) and I will allways love it. If you havn’t seen it yet, I couldn’t reccomend it enought. This blast to the past is one that I will not soon forget.