A series of film reviews and opinion pieces from a film student and all round movie lover! Happy reading!
The last Robert Zemeckis film I watched was 2012’s “Flight”; a film I’d prefer to leave back in 2012 and not re-visit any time soon. For a film with such potential, there is so much I would change about it. If only there was some sort of Delorean time machine that could make it possible…
Yes, Robert ‘Forrest Gump’ Zemeckis, the genius filmmaker responsible for some of the modern era’s greatest films is still capable of producing some misses. But, that’s not the point of this review. This is a celebration and also a confession for me.
Firstly, I must confess that this was the first time I had watched “Back to the Future” in it’s entirety.
“But, you’re a film student. How can you call yourself a film student if you haven’t seen ‘Back to the Future’?!” Well, now I have. Happy?! I certainly am!
There are reasons as to why films such as “Back to the Future” are often regarded as the best films ever made. This classic 80’s flick has everything you need plus a whole lot more. It’s fun, it’s exciting, it’s suspenseful as hell and it is has two of the most iconic characters of the past 30 years!
Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), a confident, squeaky-voiced, charming archetypal 80’s kid is accidentally sent back in time 30 years following a tense incident in a parking lot late one evening with a cooky scientist, some Libyans and a Delorean.
Immediately drawing attention and getting himself associated with his then-parents, Marty must not only get back to the present day of 1985 (or future as it is now), but get his parents to fall in love once over so that he can exist in the first place.
Sounds easy, right? Well, it just so happens that Marty’s good looks act as a curse as his mother Lorraine (Lea Thompson) grows to fancy him, all the while being unaware of exactly who this fascinatingly “dreamy” newby is. This is some heavy stuff!
The chemistry between Marty McFly and Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) is perfect! Young vs old, cool vs goofy and silly vs smart. As the old saying goes, opposites attract; and it’s certainly the case with these two.
Lloyd’s Doc Brown, who always possessed an uncanny resemblance to Hank Azaria is a flawless supporting character. With his crazy facial expressions, comical voice and all-round enjoyable screen presence, he is certainly one of the most iconic comedy/sci-fi characters in film.
This is proven by the countless spoofs and outside appearances of not just Lloyd himself, but multiple incarnations of Doc Brown ever since 1985.
If you haven’t already, I strongly urge that you see “Back to the Future”. You most likely have, so in that case, watch it again! There’s so much to love about this classic.
The action, the excitement, the narrative, the character interactions, the emotion and of course, the Delorean itself! This classic is one I’ll always go back to on a rainy day, guaranteed!
Plus it has the best rendition of The Penguins’ “Earth Angel” I’ve ever heard!