“B” is for Back To The Future (1985)
et you didn’t all see that coming eh? 😉 There were a couple of options here, but in the end I decided that I had to be ruthless and actually pick one definitive movie that I would have to watch if it was on and Back To The Future was the winner.
1985 was a good year for film and music and with this Robert Zemeckis penned movie, you get a perfect blend of both. The soundtrack features some great acts of the time and even a minor appearance on-screen by one of them.
So why do I like this movie so much? Well, it is just such a clever story. Going back in time to make sure your parents get together so that you actually exist in the future is such a great concept, and hey the time machine aint so bad either. Oh, for more information on that, see HERE. 😉 Another reason for liking this movie is the cast. Michael J Fox in what would be his big screen big break. The original choice for the role of Marty McFly, he was starring in Family Ties at the same time and following the departure of Eric Stoltz from the Back To The Future project, Fox agreed to do both simultaneously. A tough job, but he really did pull it off and although Eric Stoltz might have ended up being in the final film, it is hard to think about watching this film with him in the lead role. For me, it just doesn’t work and the film makers obviously had the same opinion. We will never know…unless we had a handy DeLorean of course 😉 The great Christopher Lloyd lends the comedy angle as the eccentric Doc Brown, but I think Crispin Glover’s inclusion in the cast was a master stroke. He would have made a fabulous Willy Wonka.
What else can I say to plug this movie. It gave Huey Lewis & The News one of their biggest hits in the music chart with The Power Of Love and he even appears in the movie with a small cameo role. Of course, with the time travel comes the change in the music styles, so we have a great mix of 80s and 50s songs all on one soundtrack. A quite unusual bag I would say. However, it all works and comes together to make a perfect science fiction, teen romance, drama movie that pays attention to detail throughout and although I don’t rate the two sequels as highly, they are still very good. The first movie though is a true classic of our time and is one of those films that should NEVER EVER be considered for a “reboot”. I’ve probably just jinxed that though lol.
Back To The Future also demonstrates how times have changed in the 30 year period set in the movie and makes you think about how quickly things move on and get forgotten, but at the same time, some things are constant and will continue to be throughout time.
Fun Fact: Apparently Ronald Reagan was amused by Doc Brown’s disbelief that an actor like him could become President, so much so that he had the projectionist stop and replay the scene. He also seemed to enjoy it so much that he even made a direct reference of the film in his 1986 State of the Union address: “As they said in the film Back to the Future, ‘Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.'”