A stone cold classic that still enthralls and entertains me to this day. I´ve seen this with my kids and they love it as well which should say something about the movie´s ability to transcend generations. The story is genius and the casting is perfect but it is Zemeckis who should get the most credit for bringing it all together. BTTF forever!
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.