Back to the Future Reviews
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the scientist Doc Brown. Although it was released in 1985, it has aged very well, because it was a pioneer in its time and even if released now could still be a wonderful movie. A soundtrack for the ages!!
Something truly special.
Zemeckis balance of adventure and comedy turns a simple sci-fi movie into an entertaining and engaging piece of art. Somehow Zemeckis was able to add in clever lines and still keep you on your toes. This Hollywood classic will live on to be an iconic piece of work. He was not just a "one hit wonder" director, he has had many successful movies since Back to the Future including: What Lies Beneath, Back to the Future II, Back to the Future III, Forrest Gump (starring Tom Hanks) and also the Polar Express. Zemeckis has continually showed his ability to create some of the most amazing movies of all time. But he couldn't have done it without the help of his talented actors.
It is not only the quotes and actors that make the movie so great. Another huge part of what made this movie a huge success was not actually the movie. It was the music. On August 24, 1985 The Power of Love by Huey Lewis & the News was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 list. This song was written by Huey Lewis and was specifically written to be part of the movie. While Huey Lewis & the News were not well known at the time, Zemeckis could see that their sound fit well with the movie setting and asked Huey Lewis to write him a song. Giving Huey Lewis & the News this opportunity to be part of a big motion picture really helped the band get on their feet. It was their first big hit and helped them become discovered.
"That's heavy!" This famous quote from Marty Mcfly is proof that Back to the Future is in fact a classic. Everyone has heard that line before, whether from the movie itself or from someone else who has seen the movie. Time has had no effect on this movie. It's as if the movie itself were a time traveler, one that will never get old. Back to the Future has helped shape the 1980s. The success of the movie, actors and music is proof itself that it is a movie worth watching and rewatching.
Watch also for the many in-film references scattered throughout, like in the opening sequence with all those ticking clocks - one has a figurine dangling from the minute hand!