I know I’m late to the party but I just watched Back to the Future (1-3) for the first time. I’ve always known of its existence especially since it’s basically a classic and it’s been used as a reference in a number of movies. Also, since it was a major influence in a Busted song called “Year 3000.” If you haven’t heard of it, you’re missing out. It was also remade by the Jonas Brothers but meh.
Also, the band, McFly, got their name from Marty McFly…
Anyway, this post is not about that. It’s about the movie.
It was released in 1985, way before I was born but it’s amazing to think that it has withstood time, has become a classic and a widely referenced pop culture icon. It must’ve been such a mind-blowing concept in ’85 (or so I think) considering the futuristic concepts and devices shown in the movie. Actually, even now in 2017, a lot of the gadgets and devices are still mere concepts (hoverboards & TIME MACHINE, or is it?). Being a Doctor Who fan, I can’t shake off the feeling that it’s very much like Doctor Who – Doc Brown as the Doctor (duh!) and Marty McFly as the companion.
I can’t pick a favorite among the 3 parts as they’re basically one big movie cut into parts. If I were to pick one I would watch again, I would watch the second one simply because I feel like I didn’t pay much attention the first time I watched it. I was distracted, basically. Maybe only then will I be able to really pick among the 3 for a favorite.
What irks me in time-travel shows is the fact that they seem to forget what a time machine does. It travels through TIME. If you miss something the first time, go back in time so that you don’t miss it. I mean, on Back to the Future II, when Marty and Doc see that the police found Jennifer’s unconscious body and they decide to take her to her “home” (her future self’s home), instead of attempting to beat them to it, Marty and Doc could’ve just gone back in time to prevent it from happening. RIGHT? Or am I missing something? The excuse saying that “the story would’ve been much shorter had it not happened” is just that. An excuse. It’s a plot hole. It’s not exclusive to Back to the Future. In fact, most time travel shows are guilty of this. Use the time machine as a freaking time machine, please.
Anyway, the movies were fun to watch and were actually pretty effective in making scenes suspenseful. That was impressive. There are movies that fail miserably at this where some scenes are meant to be full of suspense. You expect it. You know you’re supposed to feel it. But you don’t. In Back to the Future, you expect it, you know it’s stupid to feel nervous because it’s just a movie and let’s face it, you know what’s gonna happen, and yet you still feel nervous. Now, that’s a good movie.
All in all, Back to the Future will always remain a classic and I can’t believe it took me this long to watch it. Thank you, Netflix for giving me the chance to watch this movie. Seriously, I wouldn’t have even thought of watching it had it not been suggested to me.
NinthMelody rating: 8.5/10