Film of the Day – Back To The Future (1985) Dir. Robert Zemeckis

Synopsis: In 1985, Marty McFly, a mild-mannered high school student, stops by Dr. Emmett L. Brown’s laboratory to play around with an amplifier. While there he receives a message from Doc that he needs help from him for Doc’s latest invention, a time machine made out of a DeLorean sports car that can travel through time instantaneously when it reaches a speed velocity of 88 MPH. While testing it Doc is gunned down by Libyan Nationalists, Marty makes an effort to escape from the Libyans by using the time machine but accidentally warps himself into 1955, where he meets both of his parents when they were teenagers. Unintentionally interrupting his parent’s first meeting together, he then finds a younger version of Doc and together they try to find a way to get Marty’s parents-to-be back together, and to get Marty back to 1985.

Quote: [Last Lines] Dr. Emmett Brown – “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”

What I love about it: For the sheer rewatchability factor, Back To The Future would be my all time favourite film. I am a sucker for stories about time travel because I love to imagine how people from today would deal in other times and vice-versa. This is the ultimate movie about time travel, sorry to all of you fans of The Time Machine but it is. Michael J. Fox plays Marty with confidence and a boyish charm (despite being 23 at the time of shooting) that is needed to make the character work. Never is he too cocky or in the wrong because we see that he is the good guy. He stands up to the bullies for his dad because he is a geek and too afraid to himself. Christopher Lloyd is perfectly cast as the eccentric and slightly crazy Doc, giving the character humour and likeability. The special effects are so ahead of their time for 1985 and yes they look dated now but they must have looked out of this world when it first was released. Finally I love how they play with history by showing Marty as the person who came up with the song Johnny B. Goode and therefore Rock & Roll before Chuck Berry’s cousin Marvin held the phone up for him to hear the famous guitar riff. People have problems with that scene because it’s unnecessary but I still laugh every time.

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