Sunday, February 12, 2006

Back to the Future, Part I

Last night, I thought I would take a look at the sci-fi flick Back to the Future. I had only seen bits and pieces of this movie previously, and I was not disappointed. It is funny, original, exciting, and yes, a little "out there." The visual effects are good, keeping in mind that it was made in 1985. The story follows Marty McFly, who accidentally goes back in time to 1955; while he is there, he interferes with his parent's first meeting, therefore endangering his own existence, as well as his sister's and brother's.

One of the most interesting plot lines within the film was the interactions between Biff Tanner and George McFly. Biff is the typical bully, always making fun of George, making him do his homework, taking his money, basically making him look like an idiot in front of everyone. When we first see Biff and George, it is in 1985; they are both adults, but Biff is still pushing him around. Biff borrowed George's car and totaled it, yet he is blaming it on George, saying it had a "blind spot." Then he yells at George, asking him where his report for work is. He says he must have time to copy it again so it's not in his writing. We find out later that Biff is actually George's boss. Some boss, making you do his work! The interesting part of their interactions occurs at the end of the movie, when Marty has come back to 1985, after having fixed what he screwed up in 1955. In doing so, George has stood up to Biff and won Lorraine's love (Marty's mother). Now, we see Biff waxing George's car; George is no longer a pushover and in fact, he has written a book. What I noticed about this different dynamic is that now both of these people are benefiting. Biff owns his own company (we see his name on the side of his truck), he is now independent and doesn't rely on George to do his work. George is now a published author and is able to stand up for himself and not get pushed around.

One of the most important ideas to take away from this movie is to not let people take advantage of you. Goldie, the mayor of the town in the film, says it best with this quote: "Have some respect for yourself. Don't you know if you let people walk over you now, they'll be walking over you for the rest of your life!" I think that says it all.

Check out the trailer here:

1 comment:

Vladigogo said...

Did you have any issues at all with the time travel element of the film?

He goes back in time, changes the fate of his parents a bit, and then returns to find himself in the same house and the same person, but now with different folks, etc. If all of them had changed, wouldn't he have changed too?

Gotta love Huey Lewis and the News. "Power of Love" was a mega hit for the band and it was classic to see Huey in the film telling Marty that his band was too loud.