This kid replaced his @#$%ing dad with a chronally-altered model! Oh, yay, he's got his monster-truck in the garage though, so I guess it's OK. Crispin Glover and Christopher Lloyd are both terrific, and there's so many great set-ups/pay-offs!!! Well-written, but the ending with the replaced family just seems wrong ... even though, I guess, they're better off. Would he start to turn into a "New Marty" also?
The swiss watch of Eighties summer blockbusters: the screenwriters' intricate plotting means every line carefully planted in the first act delivers pay-off after pay-off for the ensuing 100 minutes. And yet the real heart and soul of "Back to the Future" is the pitch-perfect comedic timing of its central actors, particularly Fox and Glover, as well as the rousing score from Alan Silvestri.
Back to the Future is a naive defender of the liberal American dream, but who cares when its heart pumps so vigorously for its story and characters. It takes a great storyteller to create such a striking cinematic clockwork, but an even greater one to operate with such transparency and - Zemeckis' even touches upon Oedipal themes and determinism - effortless density. One of the greatest American films of the 80s.
So fun. When Asimov wrote The End of Eternity, in 1955, there was no way to guess that time travell paradoxes could be so entertaining. Or that, for that matter, it could ever be a mass entertainment subject. Just for bringing it into the public, and get people to talk about it, the filmakers deserve an award.
If you watched this movie as a child, you will not forget it. Well built action and phantasy-adventure, especially if the viewer is willing to join the fun. It would be an exaggeration to seek an Oedipal note in a film as pop as this. Just push to 88 miles! Memorable soundtrack, tough.