Back to the Future

Back to the Future

Time travel is pretty neat. For a long time I’ve wanted to see the signing of the Declaration of Independence or the birth of Christ. Back to the Future is the quintessential geek movie that made time travel seem possible. With a stroke of luck, good casting, and 1.21 Jigawatts Robert Zemeckis made a trilogy that has stood the rest of time.

Most people have seen BttF sometime in the past 33 years but for those of you who have missed it I’ll explain briefly. Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) is friends with an old scientist named Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd). Doc Brown has spent his whole life trying to achieve time travel, and does it by converting an AMC DeLorean into a time machine. Marty accidentally travels back to 1955 (from the present 1985) and hi jinx ensue.

The comedy written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale was an instant success. The movie made over $11 million opening weekend and has since made over $210 million. To be fair the film wasn’t always a classic though. “The script was rejected forty four times before it was finally green-lit.” reports. Thankfully the finished product was astounding and still holds a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes.

In the 33 years since it’s July 3, 1985 release BttF has spawned two sequels, several books, and cemented itself in pop culture. So much that the DeLorean was featured as the main mode of transportation for the hero in the book and film Ready Player One.

Each of the resulting BttF sequels was based in a different time period and I will discuss these films in weeks to come.

I can’t begin to praise this trilogy enough. I love everything from the score, to the 80s icons used, to the attention to detail. All of that is not mentioning the fantastic acting by the stars Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd. To say the least I’m a huge fan. I love BttF and give it a solid 8.5/10. If somehow you haven’t seen it, go watch it. And for everyone that has, go rent it again.


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