Thursday, 5 November 2015

Back to the Future Review

Back to the Future

Release Date: 15th August 1985 - Australia

Production Companies 
Universal Pictures 
Amblin Entertainment
U-Drive Productions (Uncredited)

Universal Pictures Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi/Comedy

Rating: PG

Runtime: 116 minutes

Budget: $19,000,000

Box Office Gross: $389,053,797 

Plot Summary
Marty McFly, a typical 
American teenager of the 
Eighties, is accidentally 
sent back to 1955 in a 
DeLorean "time machine" 
invented by slightly mad 
scientist. During his 
often hysterical, always 
amazing trip back in time, 
Marty must make certain 
his teenage parents-to-be 
meet and fall in love - so 
he can get back to the 

Michael J. Fox - Marty McFly
Christopher Lloyd - Dr. Emmett Brown 
Crispin Glover - George McFly
Lea Thompson - Lorraine Baines
Thomas F. Wilson - Biff Tannen
Claudia Wells - Jennifer
James Tolkan - Mr. Strickland
Marc McClure - Dave McFly
Wendie Jo Sperber - Linda McFly
George DiCenzo - Sam Baines
Frances Lee McCain - Stella Baines
J.J. Cohen - Skinhead
Casey Siemaszko - 3-D
Billy Zane - Match
Harry Waters Jr. - Marvin Berry
Donald Fullilove - Goldie Wilson

Writer/Director - Robert Zemeckis
Writer/Producer - Bob Gale
Executive Producer/Second 
Unit Director - Frank Marshall
Executive Producers - Kathleen
Kennedy and Steven Spielberg
Producer - Neil Canton
Production Designer - Lawrence G. Paull
Costume Designer - Deborah Lynn Scott
Director of Photography - Dean Cundey
Special Effects Supervisor - Kevin Pike
Supervisor of Visual Effects: ILM - Ken Ralston (Uncredited)
Film Editors - Harry Keramidas
and Arthur Schmidt
Music - Alan Silvestri
Performers: Songs "The Power 
of Love" and "Back in Time" - 
Huey Lewis and the News


1986 Academy Awards
Best Sound Editing - Charles L. Campbell
and Robert R. Rutledge (Won)
Best Original Screenplay - Robert Zemeckis
and Bob Gale (Nominated)
Best Sound - Bill Varney, B. Tennyson Sebastian II,
Robert Thirlwell and William B. Kaplan (Nominated)
Best Music, Original Song "The Power of Love" -
Chris Hayes, Johnny Colla and Huey Lewis (Nominated)

November 5th 2015 marks the occasion of the day when Marty McFly first travelled back in time in his DeLorean to the year of 1955. BACK TO THE FUTURE is now in its 30th anniversary, it still leaves us the lasting impression of what it would be like to see the hilarious consequences around time travel from the year 1985 to the 50s. It also started a trilogy for which is comprised of two sequels that weren't up to snuff with the first. An original but timeless sci-fi comedy that during release was truly ahead of its time and it was BACK TO THE FUTURE that reinvented the time travelling concept. There was no one other than Robert Zemeckis who could direct such a top-grosser in displaying themes of science fiction and laughter. Even its executive producer Steven Spielberg should be proud of the film that began a trilogy which would please many generations of sci-fi fans to come. The writing is superb and packed with references that is only to be known for people who are truly familiar with most of these types of pop culture films including Star Wars.

The comedic acting is truly exceptional with Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd as being cast in the big leads with Lloyd playing as a scientist with an eccentricity and Fox portrays a youth who winds up becoming the bane of his own existence. The supporting talents of Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover and Thomas F. Wilson were also commendable for being rocksteady of the other characters. The special effects are likely to be hold long lasting value and still to this day haven't aged in today's standards of motion capture and CGI. Finally, the music is then branded into this feature with Huey Lewis's memorable song "The Power of Love" together with Alan Silvestri's brilliant instrumentals.

I was enthralled to have seen it again after being busy with the other films and for doing so. I feel that BACK TO THE FUTURE is still packed with top-notch performances, original story and spontaneous laughter to mark it as one of my all-time favourites. If you have not seen this movie, then I would say "Great Scott! You don't know what you're missing".

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever


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