THE LATE LATE REVIEW: BACK TO THE FUTURE

Release Date: 1985

Awards: Best Sound Effects Editing at the Oscars, the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film, and nominated for a fair few other Academy awards, BAFTA’s and Golden Globes too.

Rating: 8.5/10 from IMDb and 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, yet another highly popular film.

The clue’s in the name for this one. In case you haven’t seen it and the title didn’t give it away, Back to the Future is a classic tale of “boy accidentally ends up in the year his parents met and almost eliminates himself and his siblings from existence when his mum gets the hots for him, rather than his dad”. Yeah, that really happens. It’s weird.

Back to the Future features Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, Christopher Lloyd as Dr Emmet “Doc” Brown and Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover as Marty’s parents. Anyone who, like me, was a big fan of the mid 2000’s Charlie’s Angels movies may struggle to see Crispin Glover as anything other than Creepy Thin Man… Trying to pretend that anyone could see him as attractive, rather than just plain freaky was a bit of a challenge, but that’s not a criticism of the film, so much as evidence that I really enjoyed Charlie’s Angels more than the film probably deserved.

We’re shown early in the film that other ‘adults’ in the town don’t think that Marty should be hanging around with Doc. Given that him stealing nuclear material from terrorists (and inventing a time machine in the first place) is very much the reason that Marty ends up being launched into the past is probably great evidence for that standpoint to be quite honest. To be fair he is the main person working to get him back to the future – hence the title!

Marty copes remarkably well in the past considering he has to see his dad being a bit of a peeping tom and his mum repeatedly hitting on (and at one point kissing) him. I can tell you with absolute certainty that I’d just be praying for that fading photo to speed the hell up and get me out of there.

This really is an entertaining movie. You can see why it’s had such a cultural impact. It’s mentioned all over the place, and for good reason. It’s full of time travel pseudo-science, but doesn’t get so bogged down in it as to make it overly confusing. It’s also fairly irreverent which makes it extra easy to digest. I can fully appreciate why it has the popularity it continues to enjoy.

If you haven’t seen it, get on it. If you have seen it, watch it again. Treat yourself. Anyway, I’m off to find a flux-capacitor and some radioactive material so that I can pop back a week and enjoy the Easter weekend again.

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