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Back To The Future [MOVIE REVIEW]

In celebration of the classic date seen in 'Back To The Future Part 2' (21st October 2015) I have banded together with so many other film fans and had my own marathon straight through of all three movies. Now while horror month is in full effect I decided to pause it and make way for these movies on the site (I doubt there is a problem considering 'Back To The Future' is one of the greatest movies ever made. So this is my review of the original film.

Now while obviously the date we are celebrating is only seen in 'Back To The Future Part 2' and not the original, I very cleverly (slight overexaggeration) decided to review all three seeing as I literally just saw them and they are likely to remain fresh in my brain for at least another month.
Now, 'Back to The Future' was never really a part of my younger childhood as I did not get to check it out until I was about 13 years old and after that I did not see it until... well, today. I know I am crazy but I just never did AND I had literally just discovered 'Doctor Who' after that so I had more than enough fix for the time travel stories. Now that I have re-watched it though, I believe it is safe to say that this is undoubtedly one of the greatest movies ever made. With a script as witty as it is smart, the movie is sparkling with wonderful little moments that have made its way into movie history for a reason. This is one of the most entertaining movies ever made and even though it has reached the age of thirty - it still holds up.

One of the main reasons this movie works as well as it does is due to the stunning performances by Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd who were both just born to play these roles. It is one of the best duos ever seen on film and they are both just electric on the screen. Marty is such a relatable and likeable character that it is very easy to slip into his shoes and imagining yourself in all of his situations.

This is one of those movies that are about as close you can get to a "perfect" film. Everything is set up in the first act and gets a very satisfying payoff later on, . Of course there are still minor problems to be found... but you really have to dig in deep into the canvas with a shovel and look at it with a magnifying glass. One of the things I love the most about it is just how simple the villain is. Seeing as this is a time travel movie - you would think the villain would be a little more powerful than just a generic bully in high school... but he really is just a generic bully in high school. Of course the real villain in this part of the trilogy is time itself running out - but Biff Tannen is still a main threat.

Even though I had not seen the film since 2010, I still remembered a lot of it rather fondly and thus seeing it again made me realize that this is one of those movies were you notice more and more subtle things in the background as you go along. For example, at the beginning of the movie our main heroes are in the parking lot of the "Twin Pines Mall". Shortly after that Marty arrives in 1955 he accidentally runs over one of the pine trees with the DeLorean. Then at the end of the film when Marty returns, the name of the mall has suddenly changed to "Lone Pine Mall". It is little things like that, that makes the movie so re-watchable.

Overall, 'Back To The Future' is a classic for a reason and has remained as one of the best movies ever made since it came out. The screenplay is ridiculously smart and inventive, the directing by Robert Zemeckis is pitch perfect and all the performances are fantastic - but the greatest thing about the whole movie is just how entertaining it is. There is not a single dull moment and thus whenever you are about to watch it you have to make sure you have gotten everything you need before you press play because when you do... there is no going back until the credits roll. 'Back To The Future' is love. 'Back To The Future' is life.


10/10

- Lucas

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