Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Movie: Back To The Future Series

I am ashamed to admit it, but until just recently, I hadn't seen the Back to the Future movies in their entirety.  I think I had seen all of the first one, parts of the second, and none of the third, save a few clips of cowboy hats and horse riding, which at a younger age turned me away from wanting to see it.

I had finally decided to watch them being in case I ever get around to playing Telltale game's new Back to the Future episodic games, I would need to know the story.  In a way, I am a little glad that I hadn't taken the opportunity until now, as I probably wouldn't have fully appreciated them years back as a kid.  These three movies definitely fit in the realm of "They don't make 'em like they used to," and are a testament to, for better or worse, the 80's ability to churn out some pretty different movies. 

There are a number of things that made these movies so great.  First off, the story is intriguing and symbolic dealing with the main character's past and future in order to solve problems in the present day and learn life lessons.  Next, the characters are truly unique and develop over the course of the films to a point where one could have genuine care for them.  One thing that stood out to me was that there didn't seem to be a single unnecessary or boring scene.  Every scene seemed to be propelling the story forward in a fast paced and action packed direction.  That is saying something, considering the story spans across three feature length movies.  As well, in true 80s fashion, some of the humor is truly corny, but adds to the nostalgia factor.  Some of the best scenes involve Christopher Lloyd's Doc Brown reacting non verbally to something that calls for a "Great Scott!"

Very imaginative, funny and enjoyable to watch, The Back to the Future trilogy is a timeless classic and staple of American cinema.  Parodied in many other movies and TV shows, it has become part of American culture to an extent.  One can't think about a DeLorean without also thinking about a time machine.

If it has been a while since you've watched them, or if you have never seen them before, gives these movies a watch.  Go back to a time when 1.21 Jiggawatts was a startling amount of energy, Johnny Be Good was too new to be recognized as a classic and bullies somehow reigned completely unchecked as if there were no law and order at all.  You may even begin to start thinking fourth dimensionally again!


  1. Same thing for me!!! I'm 25 and never watched it fully before last month and noticed it was such a GREAT movie!

  2. You are now a real human person, unless you have yet to see Indiana Jones or something.

  3. I was too young when i watched them for a first time and i decided to watch all three of them again a few months ago. Although like most 80's movies they failed bad at predicting the near future they were really amusing. Michael J Fox was a good actor before that illness hit him. Bad luck. Nice post, keep it up

  4. Never watched this film until about a year ago, wasn't born then. I thought it was good for an 80s film, I'm spoiled with today's tech in movies