Monday, 1 November 2010

Ken Recommends: Back to The Future

Back To The Future
Release: 03/07/85
Running Time: 116mins.
Studio: Universal Pictures (With Amblin Entertainment).
Genre: Sci-fi/Comedy
Rating: PG
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Writer: Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Llyod, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover and Thomas F. Wilson.


Usually being early to an important event is a good thing right? Well Marty McFly is about to find out being early to one of the most important events in his life can be disastrous, especially when that event was 30 years ago. "Back To The Future" tells the story of how average teen Marty McFly (Fox) is accidently transported back in time from 1985 to 1955, with the help of his friend Doc Brown (Lloyd) Marty has to figure out how to get back to his own time but theres a snag in the plan! He has to make sure his parents have their first kiss otherwise Marty'll never be born!

After 25 years since it's original release "Back To The Future" has returned to cinemas for limited period screening. Quarter of a century is a long time so the question on everybody's lips is going to be how has it aged? First of all The film has received a minor touch up in screen and audio quality for it's re-release and I have to say that the screen is perfectly fine, as we're slowly entering an age where High Definition is becoming the norm I begin to notice little imperfections with older films but that's part of their charm. Luckily "Back To The Future" suffers from none as this update in picture and sound quality makes it seem like the film came out just yesterday.


The quality in acting is just simply amazing in this film there are some real moments that you're sucked into the story, laughing along the the most minor things said by the characters. It's all in the delivery Zemeckis really did choose the right actors to portray the characters; Marty's reactions to the situations he's be placed in whilst out of his own time and Doc Brown's eccentric retorts to news of the future make some of the best scenes in the whole film. Of course each of the actors and actresses do a fantastic job in really bringing the story to life which makes it such a pleasure to watch as you seem them interact with each other. With a great cast and a great script watching the movie play out is just a sheer delight to viewers and it's no surprise that what ever time period you're from the younger version of Marty's mother hitting on him is still squirmishly funny.


The special effects haven't dated much either everything still looks just as crisp and new as when the film was released, there's a few bits nearer the end which look slightly ropey but over all it's still a stunner to watch. The Music is full and robust with leitmotifs and swelling crescendos that make you cheer for the hero or feel tense in a moment of suspense.

"Back To The Future" is a massively enjoyable film with plenty of re-watchability, full of truly entertaining moments that make you cheer for the hero, boo the baddies and laugh at the jokes. It's been 25 years since it's release and if you haven't seen "Back To The Future" yet you're truly missing out on one of the greater films that Hollywood has to offer.


The remastered Back To The Future Trilogy is now available to buy on Blu-Ray and DVD

1 comment:

  1. You need to be making more posts. For instance this post could be developed into a series of posts about time in cinema. See http://www.rps.psu.edu/time/film.html
    as a starting point.

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