“Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the eccentric scientist Doc Brown.”

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Writers: Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale
Staring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Llyod, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson
Streaming: Peacock
Release Date: July 3, 1985

Alright, we can state the obvious here. Back To The Future (1985) is excellent. It is an ELITE, A-Tier, one-of-a-kind summer blockbuster.

It is impossible not to have a good time watching Back To The Future. From the opening credits crawl with the insane amp and iconic Marty McFly outfit, every minute of this science-fiction, comedy classic is referential and quotable. Michael J. Fox is fantastic as McFly and Christopher Lloyd steals the screen every time Dr. Emmett Brown flies into the screen. Back To The Future doesn’t throw overcomplicated science-fiction time traveling rules at you. Instead, director Robert Zemeckis hurls hilarity in austonishing amounts.

Michael J. Fox is perfect for Marty McFly. How different would this film have been if it was Eric Stoltz? So different. Fox has the shocked and awe face that is perfect for this movie. The surprised look when he runs into his dad in 1955 is iconic for the dough-eyed community. Credit also has to be given to Zemeckis for framing these shots really well. The slow reveal behind George McFly’s (Crispin Glover) profile was slow comedic ease.

Christopher Lloyd is perfect as Dr. Emmett Brown. He is able to combine the looks and smarts of Albert Einstein with the craziness of zaniness of Michael Richards Seinfeld character Kramer before Jerry and Larry David even conceived him as a character. The acting of Llyod’s eyes pushes his performance to another level. His lizard-like neck gutting out body posture and doggy-squeeze toy-esq eyes fit well into the absurdity of the movie as a whole.

Around the 3:30 mark

The above John Mulaney skit perfectly encapsulates how absurd this plot is from a strictly objective viewpoint. It may have been ahead of its time in terms of incest and mass entertainment (cough couch Game Of Thrones). The inspiration for this type of movie is nuts but in its quest to seek out a good time, it is an ultimate mission accomplished.

Also, I can not write about Back To The Future and not mention how beautiful young Lorraine is. I think I have only appreciated this now with this viewing, but Lea Thompson is stunningly gorgeous in 1985.

Watching Back To The Future has made me want to dive back into some of the best July releases in terms of summer box office entertainment. Would be a fun trip around memory lane.

Five little great things FROM BACK TO THE FUTURE:
  1. I love the fact how at the Enchantment Under The Sea dance Marty McFly jeopardizes his return to the future simply because he wanted to stay and play another rock song as part of the band. Doesn’t matter that his body was back and he was no longer erased from existence.
  2. There is a little thing about Back To The Future that is an important life lesson for every kid and teenager. Parents are humans. Parents had lives before they had kids. Parents had experiences that everyone can relate to, even their own kids. Marty McFly learned this in an all to real way. Forces you to look at your relationship with your parents in a new light.
  3. How about all the random pop culture phrases that spawned from Back To The Future? Everyone knows what 88 miles per hour means. “Great Scott” and “1.21 gigawatts” are phrases that can be heard in home across America.
  4. I love the Van Halen crazy song that Marty plays for his dad to convince him to go after Lorraine (Lea Thompson). Also Marty calling himself Darth Vader surely won’t ripple with time at all when George eventually sees the scientific adventure of the millennium. Does George McFly become the new George Lucas? Also Darth Vader is from Planet Vulcan.
  5. I personally love that Back To The Future has not been touched by remakes or remastering, etc. It is standing the test of time. There should never be talks to remake it. I fear they are going to make a Back To The Future but in 2025 going back 30 years to 1995 so it will transpire two different eras. I am going to hate it if that happens.

STANKO RATING: A (4.5/5 Stars)


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