Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Back to the Future (1985)

Christopher Lloyd, Michael J. Fox, Back to the Future
One of my favorite movie trilogies is Back to the Future, directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd as our time traveling duo.

This film is one of my childhood favorites, and yet I still really enjoy it as an adult. I think the relationship between Fox and Lloyd is really what sells it. Lloyd does a fantastic job of portraying a crackpot inventor who despite his brilliance can never quite get anything to go off without a hitch. Fox, meanwhile, is that smart young man who seems a little too cool for school but somehow has befriended the brilliant doctor.

Back to the Future, Part 1
A Connecticut Yannkee in King Arthur's Court this ain't, yet a youth thrown back in time to a place that he doesn't quite understand has its parallels. What would happen if you almost prevented your parents from meeting and falling in love? What do you have to do to fix that before the temporal waves reach your own existence.

This film also contains a number of really great lines and exchanges between Fox and Lloyd, particularly in 1955 where Fox's 80s language makes little sense.

In the end this movie is great because it sets up the sequel in the very last scene. I'm not certain that the second and third films had already been written, but the movie still sets up the sequel to take us all the way to the year 2015!

Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads.
Marty: Doc, we better back up. We don't have enough road to get up to 88.
Doc: Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads.

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