Back to the Future is a classic movie from the 1980s. It propelled Michael J. Fox from the sitcoms to the big screen, and was popular enough to result in two sequels. While many movies from the 1980s have been forgotten, this is one that I still enjoy watching.
The movie surrounds Marty McFly and his family. The principal calls him a slacker, just like his father. McFly speaks prophetic words when he says that “history is gonna change.”
Well, history does change. That night, Marty meets up with Doc Brown, an eccentric inventor. Doc shows him a time machine that he invented, propelled by plutonium that he stole from some Libyan terrorists. On that night, Doc shows Marty different times that would be interesting to take the time machine, including the night in 1955 that he had invented an essential component to the time machine. The Libyans show up, killing Doc, and Marty escapes in the time machine. In the process, he activates the time machine, and ends up in 1955.
In 1955, he accidentally prevents his mother from falling in love with his father, jeopardizing his future existence. He has a week to get his mother and father to fall in love again. At the same time, Doc Brown has to fix the time machine and rewire it to work with the electricity that will be generated when a lightning bolt hits the clock tower.
Watching this movie today, more than 20 years after it first came out, is especially interesting, because it is a glimpse into the past. The big video recorders, walkmans, Pepsi cans used as props that have since been redesigned, hairstyles, and clothing styles are all interesting to see, and remind me of when I was a kid. Even the reference to the Libyans reflects the political mood of the day… I remember when Libya was on the news as a big threat.
This movie is cleverly written. Past events are foreshadowed in the early 1985 scenes, and future events are explained in some of the scenes, like where Marvin Berry calls his brother Chuck to tell him about the new sound he has been looking for, while Marty sings “Johnny B. Goode.”
In my book, Back to the Future is a classic movie from the 1980s. Although it is more than 20 years old, I still watch it on occasion. I showed Back to the Future to my daughter, and although she was born more than 15 years after it was made, she enjoys it a lot too. Upon seeing it for the first time, her first comment was “I love this show!”
If you enjoyed Back to the Future when it came out, or would like to watch it for the first time, you can buy it from one of these retailers:
Buy it for $13.99 at Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/Back-Future-Michael-J-Fox/dp/B001LXIDVI/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1236990645&sr=8-1 . It ships free with a purchase over $25.
Wal-Mart sells it for $13.86. http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=10800172 . It will ship free if you pick it up at your nearest Wal-Mart store.
Best Buy sells Back to the Future for $14.00. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9173379&st=back+to+the+future&type=product&id=1400477 . Some locations have store pick up.
Buy.com sells it for $13.48, or $15.38 if you include shipping. http://www.buy.com/prod/back-to-the-future-2/q/loc/322/210447791.html
Movies Unlimited sells Back to the Future for $16.99. http://www.moviesunlimited.com/musite/product.asp?sku=D55730&loc=title