Thursday, November 16, 2006

Back to the Future

David Grosvenor

The film Back to the Future, directed by Robert Zemekis in 1985, is a story of a young teenage boy by the name of Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox. Marty is a teenager in high school who, in his spare time, has sparked a friendship with a crazy scientist named Doc Brown, played by Christopher Lloyd. One day Doc asks Marty to help him in one of his experiments. Marty not realizing the significance of Doc’s findings agrees to meet his friend in a parking lot later that night. Little does Marty know that his friend Doc has gotten himself in a little trouble with a terrorist organization.

After a scuffle with the terrorist Doc is murdered and Marty is forced to drive away in the DeLorean time machine which was the reason why the Doc was so excited in the first place. Marty goes back in time to the 1950’s where Doc is still alive and his parents are in high school. When Marty finally arrives in the past the time machine crashes into the side of a barn and is no longer in commission. In order to save Doc from his untimely death Marty is forced to search out the Doc of the past to fix the car and go back into the future.

By being in the past Marty has threatened his own existence. By running into his mother as a teenager she instantly falls in love with her own son and by doing so ruins her chances of falling for Marty’s father. Marty, in order to stay alive, must somehow get his parents to fall in love before he can leave back to the future.

This film is by far one of my favorite films of the 80’s. The casting for this film could not have been better with the combination of Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. The story line is ingenious and quite simply it is a fun movie to watch. If you haven’t seen this movie before I suggest renting it as soon as possible and watching repeatedly until the day it has to be returned. Along with the two other Back to the Future movies this is one of the greatest trilogies of all time.

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