CLASSIC WATCH Movie: Back to the Future (1985) Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
Even though I've never liked sci-fi movies, there is one big exception to it (make it two including “Endhiran”). In my opinion “Back to the Future” is one of the best movies in the genre.
When I saw it for the first time, I remember having been blown away by it. But even now, 25 years after its first release and after I've seen hundreds of movies, I still like it a lot.
Into the past
It's 1985 and Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is a typical teenager who doesn't like his parents and who has problems at school. His best friend is Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), a weird inventor of all kinds of (useless) machines.
But this time he has invented something that is much more interesting. He has created a plutonium-powered time machine based on a DeLorean. But when something goes wrong, Marty is accidentally sent back to 1955, a year when his parents still were young.
Marty accidentally prevents his parents from meeting, putting his own existence at stake. From there on the movie accelerates into exhilarating fun that gets more complicated as it goes on but will keep you entertained until the very end.
I guess the best reason why this movie works so well and feels so timeless is because they don't use the time machine to go forward. Instead of showing us the future, they have chosen to go back 30 years, a time period which the filmmakers knew very well and could recreate perfectly. Also this is one of the few movies where the director has very cleverly mixed humour with science fiction and it works.
Another plus would be that the movie's got Michael J. Fox. He's got the best perplexed face I've ever seen. And he makes the whole “time-travelling into 1955 business and almost splitting up his parents” thing believable.
And guess what? The story doesn't end here. It gets more complicated and interesting resulting in two more sequels which propelled Robert Zemeckis into the limelight.
Bottomline: It's one of the finest in sci-fi movies and I can keep watching it time after time.
RITESH, III Year, B.E. C.Sc.,
R.M.D Engineering College