Hello everyone and Happy Friday!!! Today, I would like to talk about something near and dear to my heart: Movies. I have seen a lot of them and probably quote them more than my wife would care for me to do. But I can’t help it. It’s what I grew up doing! So, I’ve decided today to give my two cents on a personal favorite, Back to the Future.
I really can’t believe this movie is 35 years old. When it came out, it did a massive amount of business at the box office, and it was one of the top films of the year. It was so popular that Ronald Reagan even quoted it during his State of the Union address in 1986. It also won an Oscar and countless other awards, and critics praised the performances and the script. The production was slightly troubled. Most people don’t realize that Michael J Fox almost wasn’t able to play Marty because of a commitment to Family Ties. The filmmakers, who spent years trying to get the movie made, originally cast Eric Stoltz. After a couple of weeks, they realized he wasn’t the right fit and got lucky because Michael J Fox’s schedule opened up.
The film itself is, simply put, a masterpiece. Marty is a likable hero, and Biff is a wonderful villain. Doc is fantastic with all of his quirks, and Christopher Lloyd pulls it off with gusto. I love how Marty interacts with the younger versions of his parents, understanding why they are where they are in the 80’s. The fact that this movie captured the spirit of two different decades, portraying both with an uncanny accuracy, is astounding. His battle to make sure he gets his parents back on track after unwittingly getting in the way of them meeting is as intriguing as his plot to get back to the future. The movie makes sure to keep a light tone while also managing to maintain tension. And the ending is just as good as the rest of the movie.
Often, I think awards and accolades are given to movies that don’t really deserve it. That’s not true with this one. It deserves every bit of praise it has received over the years and it holds up just as good today as it did back when it came out. I watched it with my three children a couple of years ago. Normally, they hate the old movies I watch. But not this one. They loved it and the two sequels, which complete arguably the greatest Science Fiction trilogy of all time. I really hope they never try to reboot or add to this story. It’s perfect the way it is. So, if you have some free time this weekend and haven’t seen this, give it a shot. And, if you have seen it, rewatch it. You and I both know you won’t be disappointed. Anyway, thanks for reading and I hope you guys have an awesome weekend.