In this 80s sci-fi classic, Californian teen Marty McFly is accidentally zapped back into 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorean time machine when an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend, Doc Brown, goes wrong.
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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.
Zemeckis works like a choreographer. His style involves dually designing shots to move story and inform on character. Every image and audible cue is educational; and every means of movie manipulation (lens, angle, movement) punctuates an intended point relative to the whole. With grace, his actors, effects, props and camera all move within the frame with precision and purpose, seemingly effortlessly.
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.
I remember watching this with my older brother and after Marty McFly said "I'm going to be late for school!" and Power of Love starts playing, he turned to me and said, "Aren't 80's films great?". And indeed they are. Who doesn't love this film?