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Back to the Future (1985)

Michael J. Fox (left) and Christopher Lloyd (right) make time travel happen at 88 MPH.

Michael J. Fox (left) and Christopher Lloyd (right) make time travel happen at 88 MPH.

I have a theory that everyone has at least one popular movie they have never seen (I even heard Roger Ebert never saw The Sound of Music). Up until recently, the movie for me I had yet to see from start to finish was Back to the Future.

Yes, I did realize about a third of the way through it that I was kicking myself for taking too long to see this classic eighties flick about time travel (easily one of the best ever put to celluloid). I have always been intrigued by time travel (and a huge fan of Doctor Who), and always like to think of the causes and effects one would have and get if he/she were to mess with their own time line.

Such is the case with Marty McFly (an awesome movie name), played to perfection by Michael J. Fox. After meeting with Doc Brown (the uncanny Christopher Lloyd), he is sent back 30 years to the mid 1950s. It is here he meets his mom and dad as teenagers, and after one little mistake, his mom (Lea Thompson) is attracted to Marty instead of his ultra shy dad, George (Crispin Glover, who is stellar). Marty also meets Biff (Thomas F. Wilson), one of the cinema’s best bully characters.

The movie is directed by the great Robert Zemeckis, who would later make films like Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Forrest Gump (1994), Cast Away (2000), The Polar Express (2004), and Flight (2012), among others (plus the Back to the Future Sequels). Parents, there is a few scenes of action and suspense (and mild sensuality) and some swearing, but I feel the movie deserves its PG rating. I would think kids as young as 10 would be ok.

While I think the film is not entirely perfect (the suspense at the end went on a bit long I think,) it still has plenty of laughs, cheers (mainly when you see one of the best left hook knockouts of all time), and, most important of all, heart. Movies like this need no roads.

Overall: Four Stars ****

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