Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Back to the Future (1985)

Synopsis: Crackly-voiced slacker and lovable crackpot... oh, you know this one, already.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Steven Spielberg presents an irresistible comic fantasy that accelerates beyond the time barrier with wit, imagination and infectious, wide-eyed wonder.”

What Did I Learn?: If Huey Lewis says your band is too darned loud, you’re too darned loud.

You Might Like This Movie If: You never once watched this show.

Really?: 1) I had a hard time believing Marty and Doc would ever hang out with each other. Why, exactly, are these two friends? 2) Michael J. Fox is NOT rock-and-roll. 3) Was it necessary to have four “Great Scot!” mini-crises (the DeLorean won’t start until Marty hits his head on the steering wheel, the electrical cord gets unplugged, the cord is suddenly too short, then it gets unplugged at street-level) right before Marty returns to 1985? It just seems a bit much.  4) So wait – Doc Brown dispenses dating and relationship advice?

Rating: Back to the Future is a well-written, imaginative and thoroughly entertaining 1980s sci-fi comedy classic, even almost 30 years after its release. Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd provide tour-de-force performances, and the film never once drags, although the just-in-the-nick-of-time cliffhanger resolutions get a little tedious by the end. Highly recommended. 9/10 stars.

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