Saturday, December 12, 2009
Back to the Future
Back to the Future; science-fiction comedy, USA, 1985; D: Robert Zemeckis, S: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson, Claudia Wells, George DiCenzo
1985. Marty McFly is a normal teenager who is ashamed for his father George who is always taunted and terrorized by his neighbor Biff. Marty works for scientist Doc Brown and one night enters his time machine, in the shape of a car, in order to escape from some Lybian terrorists. Speeding to 88 miles per hour, Marty accidentally makes a time travel back to 1955. There he meets the young Doc, but also his teenage mother, Lorraine, who falls in love with him. With a little bit of luck, he manages to match his mom and dad and with Doc's help return back to 1985 - where now George is in charge and Biff is a wimp.
Excellent comedy "Back to the Future" surprisingly became one of the movie icons of the 80s thanks to a simple, fun and elegant story that philosophically plays with the notions of destiny and coincidence, proving how high art and fun don't necessarily have to be two separate things. The film was nominated for 4 Golden Globes and it's unbelievable that Michael J. Fox didn't won as best actor in a musical or comedy for his amazing performance, yet he did manage to win the Saturn Award whereas the the film also won an Oscar for best Sound effects. Although relaxed, the movie as a whole is filled with irresistible situations (for instance, in his getaway from the Lybian terrorists, Marty speeds in the time machine car and accidentally transports himself in 1955; in a cafe he accidentally sits by his future dad, George, so they both turn their heads when Biff shouts: "Hey, McFly!"; Marty's future mother falls in love with him (!) when she nurtures him while he is in his underwear in her bed) and "subtle ambitiousness", while the soundtrack is full of love for the 50s culture and songs ("Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)"). So many time travel films trip over their own feet and mess everything up, but this is one of those rare instances where a time traveling storyline was so meticulously constructed that everything works in wonderful harmony, especially in the perfect end that humorously shows an "change" in the relationship between George and Biff in the present. The only question that remains unanswered is how the film would have looked like if Eric Stoltz starred in it, as originally intended, before he was replaced by Fox.