I don’t know about you guys, but I personally felt that the 1980s produced movies of such standard and quality it could easily rival movies of this day and age. Yes, contemporary flicks do have the upper hand with regard to existing CGI and enhanced effects that have come about due to technological advancement. However, the foundation of a movie doesn’t lie in the visuals but rather in the story. It is that which ultimately makes or breaks a movie. And the Back to the Future Trilogy of the late 1980s delivers just that. The idea and plot (aka the story) of the Trilogy completely made to perfection just makes the three movies an enjoyable watch for any person of any age group. If you ask me, I feel that it is by far, the best trilogy of movies I’ve ever seen to date (please don’t hate me you Lord of the Rings lovers).
I’d however, like to highlight the fact that out of the three movies, the first one was by far the most successful and popular of the series and for the sake of not revealing excess spoilers (and obviously because I’m THAT lazy), I’ve chosen to give a brief explanation on the first out of the three movies. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, Back to the Future is about a teenager named Marty Mcfly who accidently sends himself thirty years back in time (from 1985 to 1955) using a “flux capacitor” installed in a car named the DeLorean (please Google this car people, it’s quite a sight). He meets his parents except they are thirty years younger and Marty accidentally manages to attracts his mother’s romantic interest in him. Thus, the story involves Marty’s efforts to repair the damage caused through means and methods of making his mother fall back in love with his father and at the same time, figuring out a way to transport himself back to 1985. Not repairing the damage could cost his life because if his parents didn’t fall in love, he wouldn’t be born and thus fail to exist. That is a basic summary of the first movie in the Trilogy.
Now, the reasons as to why the movie has such a high likeability factor are numerous. I’d like to highlight the fact that the movie did contain mild swearing and being the kid I was when I saw it, nothing thrilled me more than hearing the occasional ‘son of a bitch’ or ‘asshole’ fly out of the actors’ mouth, the best part being, the dad never shutting off the TV. That might not sound like a big deal to you all but to me that was an awesome feeling. Yes, I’m a strange person. The acting in the movie is also highly commendable. Not only was the chemistry between the two main characters Doc Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and Marty Mcfly (Michael J. Fox) unquestionably brilliant, but the characters themselves are extremely lovable with their smart and quirky moments. Even the antagonist Biff Tannen played by Thomas F. Wilson is a person you actually start loving to hate; he has a great comedic side that balances out his negative persona.
However, majority credit must be given to the brilliant direction and story writing done on this trilogy and the one man that deserves the maximum credit in the making of this saga is Robert Zemeckis. His work on the trilogy as well as the part animated, part live action movie ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ easily pushes him up to the top spot on my favorite directors list. Not only was the idea of the movie brilliantly conceived, it was carried out well. I mean, who wouldn’t enjoy going back in time themselves and seeing their own parents thirty years younger?! I would.
Explanations of situations were well done and scenarios were layered out systematically and are easily understandable by all. And, being the film it is, about time travel, there are bound to be several loopholes created and left unanswered due to the nature of the film. However, the screenwriters did their very best to make sure that they covered up as much as they could and oh yes, they did a brilliant job about that too.
Once again, I must impress upon the universal appeal the movie has. Get the joke? Because the movie was distributed by Universal Pictures? Hah. Okay, bad joke for the review, check. Anyways, I’d highly recommend this movie for a family watch or a watch with the friends, it doesn’t only appeal to a particular area of the family and that’s what makes it special. Girls, guys, moms and dads all love it. I must address the fact that the first movie got a 96% fresh rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website. That speaks for itself, in addition to the 381$ million gross revenue generated on a 19$ million dollar budget. To all you people out there, I beg you all to watch the first film at the very least and if you do enjoy it as much as I did, watch the next two.