Cert: PG Runtime: 116 mins Director: Robert Zemeckis Cast: Michael J.Fox. Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover
Wait a minute, Doc. Ah… Are you telling me that you built a time machine… out of a DeLorean?
In the life of Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), all is not well. His family is dysfunctional, his school punctuality is questionable and the music he likes and plays is just too darn loud. His one true light is his girlfriend Jenny (Lea Thompson) and his one true friend is the somewhat off-kilter Doctor Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd). In a request from Doctor Brown, Marty meets the mad scientist and discovers that his friend has built a time machine out of a DeLorean. From there, Marty’s humdrum life becomes literally a blast from the past as he is transported to 1955. A stranger in a strange yet familiar land, Marty must seek out Doctor Brown to help send him back to his own time while simultaneously ensuring that his parents meet and fall in love.
You know what the best thing about Back to the Future is? It never takes itself too seriously. It could stipulate all these rules of time-travel, but it only ever asks you to take one in; that of changing something in the past could seriously affect the future. Everything else is fair game.While it doesn’t take itself seriously, it’s a very clever movie. Time-travel is always a tricky plot device to make work and work well, but Back to the Future makes it looks easy. It’s a simply fish-out-of-water love story.Michael J Fox shines as Marty McFly, the cocksure, smart-alec teenager who’s always getting himself into trouble. He brings excitement and humour to the character, without which, the film would’ve fallen flat on it’s face. Opposite him, Christopher Lloyd puts a new spin on the mad scientist; a friendly, warm, child-like excitement which is infectious.Crispin Glover and Lea Thompson portray Marty’s parents, George and Lorraine brilliantly, George being the geeky little bookworm and Lorraine being the repressed “proper” girl. Thomas F. Wilson’s Biff Tannen is the school bully, played with obnoxious and unlikable brilliance.The film is full of stand-out-scenes, from the car chase with the Libyans in the beginning, to THAT guitar scene at the dance. There are so many memorable lines, spouted off by the two main characters rapid-fire.Back to the Future is a fun film. It’s not meant to be over analysed, or considered for any kind of critical acclaim. It’s meant to entertain, and to be enjoyed. And in both those departments, it succeeds wholeheartedly.