Back to the Future

Back to the Future ★★★★★

Dr. Emmett Brown: Don't worry. As long as you hit that wire with the connecting hook at precisely 88 miles per hour, the instant the lightning strikes the tower

[giving what he just said some thought]

...everything will be fine.

Say what you want about how well made, good and entertaining today's blockbusters are. They simply don't measure up to this. Robert Zemeckis - Romancing the Stone (1984) was good, but you really hit the nail with this one.
I'm putting this in together with Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park and The Empire Strikes Back as examples of films from bygone times, of a caliber that since haven't been made.
There isn't a dull moment in this film, neither is there at any point too much of the opposite. Not even in the film's last action packed sequence with Doc Brown trying to save the day from the clock tower. Just when you're thinking that this has to be the final obstacle, a new one comes along making things seemingly hopeless for our guy. But the amount is exactly right.

The cast is just perfect. Christopher Lloyd was born to play Doc Brown, there's no question about it. It's an iconic performance, today it's simply impossible to imagine someone else filling this role. It's not at all about him chewing the scenery, although you could easily be mislead to believe so. No, it's the smaller moments that really does it. It's in the eyecontact with Marty (Michael J. Fox) when Marty's mother visits the lab, it's his thousand yard stare when he wraps his brain around expressions like «heavy» or how they could possibly generate 1.21 Gigawatts. Great Scott.
A more suitable actor than Michael J. Fox for the role as Marty is also hard to imagine. His natural boyish looks doesn't make it too hard to act as seventeen, but the added clumsiness fits the role perfectly. Crispin Glover couldn't make for a more unlikely love interest for cute Lea Thompson, but even that works.

So many favorite moments.

Little Uncle Joey in the playpen («better get used to the view»).
In the diner - «Hey kid, what's with the life preserver?»
Ronald Reagan as president (which really would have sounded insane in 1955). Reagan starred in Cattle Queen of Montana, the film that is screening in Hill Valley 1955.

And the one that wins me over each time - the concert during the «Enchantment Under The Sea» dance (who came up with that theme?). I still think it's absolutely hilarious when Marvin Berry calls up his, then totally unknown, cousin Chuck and makes him listen to «Johnny B. Goode». As we know he saved it for 1957.

«You're late! Have you no concept of time?»

An absolute timeless [sic] classic.

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