Back to the Future Reviews
So did it hold up to hype? The answer is absolutely. On paper Back to the Future is nothing new or special, the word mediocre even comes to mind when I think of the script. And to be honest it was. Back to the Future is cheesy but it doesn't try to hide it, it embraces it.
Back to the Future refuses to take itself to serious and this leads to some great scenes. This movie allows itself to be filled with humor and creativity that normally is stayed away from. This created a fun environment in which this movie thrived in.
In conclusion Back to the Future is a must see fun movie that can appeal to all ages.
* During the final 30 minutes there are several "false finishes" which really has the audience rooting for Marty & Doc.
Set in 1985, Marty MccFly is teenager who hangs around with a scientist named Doctor Brown, a man who manages to create the first time machine. After some circumstances, Marty finds himself trapped in 1955, thus beginning a quest to return to his era.
Have you ever thought about remaking Frank Capra´s beloved classic "It's a Wonderful Life" but with a simple science fiction twist added and mixing it with a Spielberg like directing? Well the result of this whimsical experiment is the beloved 1985 Zemeckis´s classic. "Back to the Future" counts with acting that's perfect for the tone of the film (even an extremely hammy presence like Christopher Lloyd fits in) with the greatest being Crispin Glover and Michael J. Fox, hilarious characters, a big amount of hilarious pop culture jokes, Zemeckis´s direction has a Spielberg like sensibility, a perfect setting for each decade, a screenplay that's the definition of "Screenwriting 101" but still is charming, an appropriate use of music, a beautiful theme song, a serviceable cinematography, an amazing plot that takes completely advantage of time travel and goes for a more dramedy take (unlike most time travel films that are about action), iconic scenes/visuals, and it counts with an extremely satisfying climax. While at times the juvenile vibe works, there are moments where it is groan inducing, particularly the 80s segments of the film; and at times the basic script is a little frustrating with its high amount of basic heavy handed parallels and amount of setups.
"Back to the Future" demonstrates that sometimes simplicity is the right approach. It is cartoony and over the top but funny, memorable and delightful. It truly deserves the status it has today. A charming film that will continue to charm future generations.