REVIEW: BACK TO THE FUTURE

Starring

Michael J. Fox (The Frighteners)
Christopher Lloyd (Going In Style)
Lea Thompson (Howard The Duck)
Crispin Glover (Alice In Wonderland)
Thomas F. Wilson (The Heat)
Claudia Wells (Vitals)
James Tolkan (Masters of The Universe)
Marc McClure (Superman)
Wendie Jo Sperber (Grease)
George DiCenzo (Exorcist III)
Casey Siemaszko (Stand By Me)
Billy Zane (The Scorpion King 3)
Courtney Gains (Children of The Corn)
Norman Alden (Ed Wood)
George Flower (Power Rangers In Space)

Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future (1985)In 1985 Hill Valley, California, teenager Marty McFly and his girlfriend, Jennifer Parker, are chastised by the school principal for tardiness. Marty auditions for the Battle of the Bands, but is rejected for being too loud. At home, Marty’s father George is bullied by his supervisor, Biff Tannen, while his mother Lorraine is an overweight, depressed alcoholic. Lorraine recalls how she met George when her father hit him with his car.Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future (1985)Marty is invited by his friend, eccentric inventor Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown, to meet him in the parking lot at Twin Pines Mall. Doc unveils a time machine built from a modified DeLorean and powered by plutonium stolen from terrorists. Preparing to demonstrate it, Doc sets the date to November 5, 1955: the day he invented time travel. Moments later, the terrorists arrive and shoot Doc. Marty escapes in the DeLorean, but inadvertently activates the time machine by hitting 88 mph.Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future (1985)Marty finds himself in 1955 and without the needed plutonium to return. He walks into downtown Hill Valley, and encounters the teenage George in the diner, who is bullied by his classmate Biff. After Marty saves George from an oncoming car, he is knocked unconscious and awakens to find himself tended to by an infatuated Lorraine. Marty tracks down Doc’s younger self to help him return to 1985. Without access to plutonium, Doc explains that the only power source capable of generating the necessary 1.21 gigawatts of electricity for the time machine is a bolt of lightning. Marty shows Doc a flyer from the future that recounts a lightning strike at the town’s clock tower due on the upcoming Saturday night.Doc instructs Marty to not leave his house or interact with anyone, as he could inadvertently alter the future; because of this, Doc refuses to heed warnings from Marty about his death in 1985. Marty soon realizes that his actions earlier that day have prevented his parents from meeting and he will soon be erased from existence if he does not find a way to introduce George to Lorraine. Doc formulates a plan to harness the power of the lightning, while Marty sets about introducing his parents to each other. After Lorraine asks Marty to the school dance, Marty concocts a plan: he will feign inappropriate advances on Lorraine, allowing George to “rescue” her. The plan goes awry when a drunken Biff attempts to force himself on Lorraine. George, enraged, knocks out Biff, and Lorraine follows him to the dance floor, where they kiss while Marty performs with the band.Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future (1985)As the storm arrives, Marty returns to the clock tower. After a few mishaps with the cable, and the DeLorean refusing to start, the lightning strikes, and Marty is sent back to the future. Back in 1985, Marty finds that Doc has survived the shooting, as he had listened to Marty’s warnings and worn a bullet-proof vest. Doc drives Marty home and departs to explore the future. Marty awakens the next morning to find that his actions have changed the timeline; George is now a successful author, Lorraine is fit and happy, and Biff is now an obsequious auto valet. As Marty reunites with Jennifer, the DeLorean appears with Doc, insisting they accompany him to 2015 to resolve a problem with their future children. The trio board the DeLorean and travel into the future.Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future (1985)Back To The Future is one of the most enjoyable time-travelling classics. It’s over 30 years old and it still hasn’t gotten old. Sadly, they don’t make it like this these days but then again we always can revisit them. That’s why they’re classics.