"Wait a minute, Doc. Ah... Are you telling me that you built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?"
I've watched my third movie and have officially reached my minimum goal for this quarter. I also have researched a bit about the basic elements of movies, so that's done too. But I wish that I would've looked into it more, maybe next time I'll have more information about movie making. This week I decided to watch Back to the Future, because last Wednesday was October 21, 2015. This was the day that Marty McFly traveled to save his kids in Back to the Future II. So I decided to start the trilogy because of all the hype surrounding that day.
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Back to the Future is a 1 hour and 56 minute fantasy/science fiction film centering around Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and his travel through time in his friend, Doc Brown's (Christopher Lloyd) time travel machine, which takes form in a DeLorean. Time travel has always been an fascinating topic, and people will eat up any form of media that talks about it. This movie is no exception. But what makes it a timeless (haha) classic?
The answer for me is simply this: it's a whole movie. By this, I mean that every aspect of the movie has a purpose, everything makes sense together and everything fits together to make a film that leaves you feeling very satisfied when you finish it. The attention to detail in this movie was great, in almost every shot there was a detail that added to the story, and if you were to re watch this movie again and again, I'm sure you could catch all of them and really appreciate the effort put into it. It doesn't hurt that the main hero, Marty McFly, is so darn lovable. In the beginning of the movie, he seems like just a regular "slacker" who's late for class and hangs out with the outcasts. But his character starts to develop as a guy who's easy going yet slightly goofy, and his charm manages to make the audience super invested in his life and his problems. His story of time travel also manages to be relatable, complete with a mediocre family, an unfair principal, a love interest, and an important mentor figure, which he finds in Doc Brown. Doc Brown as a character is also extremely likable. Although at first you may be overwhelmed by his crazy hair and easy excitability, you really start to care about him. I must admit, I got a little teary eyed near the ending, where Marty returns to see Doc Brown shot down again, only for him to reveal that he heeded Marty's advice after all by using a bullet proof vest. It's moments like these where emotion and tension really build up, which is a thing this movie does well. While I was a little bothered by the amount of problems that show up in the final act (how is everything going wrong?), I think that it was successful in adding to the movie rather than taking away from it, which is a problem that many films have. Some movies put in way too much tension and do it wrong, leaving the audience feeling annoyed and bored, but in Back to the Future, the tension was kept humorous and interesting, keeping me invested in all the shenanigans that occurred.
The characters in this movie are the best representations of their tropes: Marty is the lovable hero, Biff (Thomas F. Wilson) is the bully, and Doc Brown is the crazy scientist. Unlike in other movies, the tropes in this movie are well done and you don't really question them because you're already too invested in their journeys.
Speaking of Biff, this was one of my favorite lines in the movie, which is already intensely quotable. The comedy in this movie is low-key and not super out there, yet lines like these manage to make me really laugh and are just so easy to remember.
One of the main problems in this movie is the most uncomfortable: Marty's mother Lorraine (Lea Thompson) ends up developing a crush on Marty instead of on his dad George (Crispin Glover). The pure awkwardness of this dilemma leads to a lot of cringe worthy moments, and a lot of good jokes.
This is a video of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra performing the music of the clock tower scene live. The clock tower scene is one of the most tense scenes in the movie, and it's also one of the most well done.
The ending scene of Back to the Future, where Doc Brown comes back from the future to tell Marty that they need to go forward in time in order to save Marty's kids. With this widely quoted ending line, the movie introduces the idea of the second movie in the trilogy.
This should go without saying.
Kelby Custodio, Junior at Pacifica High School.