Sunday, July 02, 2006

Back to the Past...Dont Screw it Up!!

Back to the Future, is a 1985 film directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. This movie is an all American adventure-comedy film. This movie is about Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) who is accidentally sent into the past by Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and nearly endangers his own future existence.

Marty McFly, a 17-year old high-school senior, is an avid skateboarder and electric guitarist. Marty is invited by his friend Dr. Emmett Brown to witness a demonstration of Doc's latest invention: a time-machine. This time-machine is made from a modified De Lorean sports car, which must reach 88 miles-per-hour in order to travel through time. Following the successful test-run with Dr. Brown’s dog, a group of terrorists open fire on Doc Brown, unloading a ton of bullets into his chest. Marty escapes in the De Lorean; while doing so, he unintentionally travels back in time to the year 1955. While in the year 1955, Marty accidentally interferes with the first meeting of his parents George McFly and Lorraine Baines, and almost erases his whole life. Lorraine falls for Mary and has him her family (Marty’s grandparents), he then heads off to find Doc, and explain to him what happened. Doc is skeptical at first about Marty's account, because in 1955 he is not yet a successful inventor. Marty finally convinces him that he really is from the future. Marty is now stranded in 1955, because he did not bring enough plutonium with him to get him back to the future. With Doc's help, they find a way to send Marty back to the future: using a lightning bolt for power. They rig the De Lorean to channel the lightning into the flux capacitor, sending Marty back to 1985. Before Marty can go back he has to set up is parents to meet again and fall in love. Once he gets them together at the "Enchantment Under the Sea" dance, he is now ready to go BACK TO THE FUTURE!!

This movie was very popular in the 1980’s. Ronald Reagan even mentions it in his state of the union address of 1986, where he said, “Never has there been a more exciting time to be alive, a time of rousing wonder and heroic achievement. As they said in the film Back to the Future, 'Where we're going, we don't need roads.” The hip, upbeat soundtrack, featuring two new songs by Huey Lewis and the News, contributed to the film's popularity. Zemeckis did not initially plan to release sequels. I wish he hadn’t, because this 1st movie was definitely the best.

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