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.
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.
For the film world, this movie is the equivalent of a great juicy hamburger. A complex masterpiece and a cinematic wonderment this is not, but as far as escapist entertaiment is concerned, few films do it better than this one. It's just good fun. You'll probably won't get culturally elevated watching this, but it sure as hell fills you with joy. Film is also the art of the masses.
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.
Hopelessly dated 25 years later but still fun. Can't watch the film without thinking of the parodies made since. Lloyd never better and such a sweet performance by Thompson and Glover..... well Crispen is different isn't he. Never really thought of Zemeckis as being much of a director and rewatching this so-called classic doesn't change my opinoin.