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Jul 20

Number 170: Back to the Future (1985)

Back to the Future is number 170 of our top 200 movie list.  It is directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, and Crispin Glover. Back to the Future is rated PGBack to the Future

Kenny’s Review

In an age where it seems like every movie that comes out is just a rehash or a sequel of something that came before, it is sometimes comforting to go back to the source material and see something that was original.  Back to the Future is a great family friendly movie that does not base its roots too much on special effects and lets its story do the talking for it.  Even though I have seen Back to the Future before it is just one of these movies that if I am flipping channels and run across I will sit down and watch it.  Back to the Future just never gets old for me.

Back to the Future centers around Marty McFly who can never seem to catch a break, the over bearing principal is always on his case, his parents never reached their potential, and he is worried he is following in their footsteps.  Marty only has two outlets which are his always supportive girlfriend, and his friendship with an eccentric scientist inventor who everybody else in town thinks is crazy.  What Marty does not know is that his world is going to be turned upside down when Doc Brown asks him to bring his video camera to a late night meeting at the parking lot of the local mall.

To Marty’s surprise Doc unveils a time machine which runs on plutonium.  When terrorists come looking for the plutonium pandemonium ensues and Marty must escape by driving the time machine.  When Marty reaches the trigger speed of 88 mph he is transformed back in time to 1955 there he sees the roots of his town and wrecks the chances of his parents getting together, to top it off he has no plutonium to get back to his own time.  His only shot at getting back “home” is to find Doc and get him to believe this story and get his mom to fall for his dad.

Creative writing, sharp storytelling, and believable acting makes Back to the Future a rip-roaring good time of a movie.  Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover along with the makeup team do a wonderful job making the transition from Marty’s parents to teenagers very believable, and Christopher Lloyd’s portrayal of eccentric Doc Brown is spot-on.  I sure wish they would make more original family friendly movies these days. I give this movie four and half shells out of five.
4 and a half shells

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