Marty McFly is a bellwether of the American teenage sensibility that rose from the 80's. From the audacious, plutonium-powered DeLorean "time machine," invented by eccentric scientist "Doc" Brown, Marty is accidentally sent back in time to 1955. What follows, of course, is a delightful sequence of unforgettably entertaining moments. As we bear witness to Marty's superlative trip back in time, we are beset by a tense realization that haunts Marty's otherwise earnest and refreshingly calm demeanor; he must make certain his teenage parents-to-be not only meet, but fall in love. Why? Well. to ensure he gets Back to the Future.
Time travel is a fascinating concept. Director Robert Zemeckis, distinguished for his skillful rendering of special effects and child-like sensibilities, elevates this concept to a kid's nostalgic apex. It is a movie that I will forever regard as one of my favorite childhood cinematic outings, bolstered by a cocktail of compelling action, riveting adventure, and plenty of humor.
The hero of the film, Marty McFly, is played wonderfully by an enthusiastic and fresh-faced Michael J. Fox. With a charming and shrill focus, Fox perfectly captures the infectious balance of both humor and tension; not once will you ever question the fantastical nature of Zemeckis' wildly imaginative premise. Christopher Lloyd's run as the mad scientist-friend of Marty is memorably terrific. And the remainder of the cast superbly embellishes the gently nostalgic witticism of Zemeckis' vision. Who can forget that infamous exchange between Marty's father and Biff: "Hello? Hello? Anybody home? Huh? Think, McFly. Think! I gotta have time to get 'em retyped. Do you realize what would happen if I hand in my reports in your handwriting? I'll get fired. You wouldn't want that to happen, would ya? Would ya?"
And, without a doubt, my favorite scene from the film is Marty's captivating blues riff of "Johnny B. Goode" from the inventor of Rock & Roll himself, Chuck Berry. This classic scene beautifully embodies the film's credible, and appealing trip down memory lane, resulting in a picture that will be infinitely revered for its pure, unbridled dosage of entertainment.
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