It just struck me today when I read a comment somewhere that we are now further away in time from Marty McFly’s 1985 (35 years) than he was from the distant 1955 he travelled back to (30 years).
Which led me to ponder Back To The Future and how good it is. I saw it when I was 12 and it came out in the cinema, and even then I could sense it was something special. It has remained a firm favourite ever since. From a technical standpoint, it is an absolute tour de force, and (as many have pointed out) there is not one once of fat on the script at all. Every scene drips with meaning and later relevance, and the whole plot fits together like clockwork. The humour and sense of joy bursts out of every scene. The opening (wordless) panning shot is a masterclass in setting up all a set of plot strands and setting the tone (a schoolboy with a guitar, a machine for feeding a dog, the missing plutonium, the ticking clocks, the mad scientist….).
It hasn’t even dated like many other 80s movies, with an incomparable orchestral soundtrack and very little 80s sleaziness or questionable politics. Despite his materialistic aspirations, Marty McFly is still recognisably a “nice guy” and someone you can trust.
Anyway, it also made me wonder. Is there anyone who doesn’t like Back To The Future? Does such a person exist? I find it hard to believe anyone could watch it and not be totally won over. And I can’t see there is anything at all to criticise on a technical level. Anyone brave enough here to admit they don’t like it and want to say why? It’s okay, I won’t tell you to make like a tree and get out of here.