Back to the Future (1985)

Back to the Future (1985)

1985 PG 116 Minutes

Adventure | Comedy | Science Fiction | Family

Eighties teenager Marty McFly is accidentally sent back in time to 1955, inadvertently disrupting his parents' first meeting and attracting his mother's romantic interest. Marty must repair the dam...

Overall Rating

9 / 10
Verdict: Great

User Review

  • WHAT I LIKED: Robert Zemeckis' 'Back to the Future,' is one of many great high-concept movies to come out of the 1980s that throws up all kind of brilliant and hilarious scenarios.

    As is so often the case, it follows a teenage boy (Michael J. Fox), and he ends up being sent back to his small American hometown in 1955 by a mad professor called Doc (Christopher Lloyd) who's the only one who can get him back to the present. He meets his young Mum - who starts hitting on him - and his Dad - who shares many of his own anxieties, but his actions begin to jeapordise his future. Then it's a race against time to undo those things and get himself back with the help of a young Doc.

    Those are funny things to watch as we can compare characters' plans for the future with what we know about them in the present, and can equally compare people's ways of life. But they also throw up a degree of suspense that's only increased by the fact Michael J. Fox delivers such a compelling performance.

    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: It's no masterpiece, and the fact you have to watch someone hit on their own son is a little uncomfortable, even if she is the same age as him...

    VERDICT: 'Back to the Future,' is one of the great high-concept 80s movies which throws up plenty of suspense and many amusing and fascinating scenarios.