"Back to the Future" (1985) | Sam Gall Movie Review Issue #117 Gem Mint 10.0

“Back to the Future“ (1985)

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Writer: Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale

Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson, Claudia Wells, Marc McClure, George DiCenzo, Frances LeeMCain, Billy Zane, Donald Fullilove, Harry Waters Jr.

Rated: PG

Runtime: 1h 56min

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Country: United States

Language: English

"Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the eccentric scientist Doc Brown."

You might like this if you like: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi, 80s, High Schoo Movies, Time-Travel Movies, Robert Zemeckis, Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson, Claudia Wells, Marc McClure, George DiCenzo, Frances LeeMCain, Billy Zane, Donald Fullilove, Harry Waters Jr.

Michael J. Fox (left) & Christopher Lloyd (right) in "Back to the Future" (1985)

A franchise I ended up falling in love with, but surprising didn’t exactly grow up on!

I never actually sat down and watched them until I was in high school when my friend Alex Morales showed me the entire trilogy. Hard not to be hooked after!

Thank god I felt I had seen them long enough before the pop-culture, phenomenon, parody “Rick & Morty” came out, because that show truly would not exist with “Back to the Future” (1985).

"Back to the Future" (1985)

Even though I was in thick of the new special effects and Sci-fi blockbusters, I was still able to be completely lost in wonder when sitting down to watch “Back to the Future” (1985). I did get to see it on a big screen for the first time, but not with a roaring live audience. I did catch the first one on a re-run with an audience years later. It really is one of those movies that deserves a spectacle’s surroundings.

Lea Thompson (left) & Michael J. Fox (right) in "Back to the Future" (1985)

The whole cast in phenomenal! I fell in love with each character in their own ways. From Michael J. Fox to Crispin Glover, timeless, timeless classics. Every time I watch it I feel like I just see history and decades after glowing from the screen. It’s had such a huge impact on society I just watch in awe at the actors faces, who at the time, had no clue where their lives would be going.

Michael J. Fox in "Back to the Future" (1985)

I love the whole opening introduction we get to Marty McFly’s life, getting blown back by the oversized speaker, his parents couldn’t be more charming, Doc Brown is the crazy Uncle you’ve always wanted, arguably the most iconic car in history, one of my favorite soundtracks, George McFly might be favorite character, Lea Thompson and Thomas F. Wilson, both as young and old, are absolutely terrific and it’s just the god damn ultimate ride!

Christopher Lloyd (left) & Michael J. Fox (right) in "Back to the Future" (1985)

I don’t think I have anything truly special to say about this film other than it’s touched my heart and soul in so many ways! I watch it again and again, it’s that favorite song of mine I just can’t stop listening to… I always come back to it. Just felt I needed it here in my ‘Gem Mint’ collection!

If you like adventure, Sci-fi, time travel and the 80s.. well, this is the ultimate culmination!

Written by Sam Gall on July 1, 2021

CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0

"It's a timeless joke that never gets old: One day you will grow up to be your parents and they'll have the last laugh. The innovation here was in telling the joke backwards." - Rubin Safaya, Cinemalogue

"This fusion of sci-fi, action, romance and comedy could have been a dreadful mess, were it not for writer-director Robert Zemeckis and co-writer Bob Gale's refusal to let a loose line or idea escape their pens." - Mark Monahan, Daily Telegraph (UK)

"It is the perfect package of entertainment, drama, comedy, excitement, and heart, wrapped up in special effects that still look convincing." - Allen Almachar, The MacGuffin

"'Back to the Future' is the best comic-strip movie I've seen this year. It's well-made, lighthearted and is exactly the right length to give you excitement and laughs and a few surprises, and then it's over, leaving you feeling good." - Joseph Gelmis, Newsday

"an undeniably fun film, one whose clever plotting, memorable characters, and deft balance of both wistful nostalgia and celebration of the here and now deserves comparisons to The Wizard of Oz" - James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk

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