Today is the 35th anniversary of my favorite movie of all time, Back To The Future. I love everything about this movie.
Marty McFly, the main character, is their epitome of cool. He plays the guitar, he swaggers around the town be it ’85 or ’55, and he swashbuckles like a pirate. He’s cool under pressure, he’s quick-witted, but he also has an agonizing amount of anxiety when it comes to being judged by his playing. He’s a dynamic character that gets braver and smarter with every passing scene and Michel J. Fox is the perfect person to play this part.
Doc Brown is hilarious and zany. His ambiguous moral code and iconic catchphrase etched him into the pantheon of great movie scientists the moment he came on screen. Christopher Lloyd was the perfect choice in casting here and he and Fox’s chemistry is what makes this movie so memorable.
At the beginning of the movie, the duo is an unlikely set of friends who know each other really well. By the time Marty goes back to 1955 Marty is essentially a stranger to Doc, but that doesn’t halter their friendship. The duo is meant to be best friends regardless of the decade.
Alongside this epic friendship, the film is littered with the best time travel jokes in the history of cinema. “Who the hell is John F. Kennedy” is one of the funniest lines in the world to me and when Marty tells Doc that Ronald Reagan was the president in 1985 Doc’s reaction was so funny that it’s almost surreal to think that a celebrity was actually the president. These individual scenes along with the “This is heavy” and “Life preserver” gags that the film sprinkled in throughout the film are timelessly funny.
Is there a weird overarching theme of incest throughout the film? Well yes. But the Oedipal plotline drives the humor and awkwardness of Marty and his mom’s relationship. This movie managed to make one of the most unspeakable things into a classic movie.
This movie is funny, smart, and timeless. The equal and eventual, threequel (?) follow up just as well. Does the Trilogies version of 2015 seem laughable to us now? Of course, but they had the Cubs World Series win pegged within a year, and their 2015 would’ve been lightyears better than ours.
This is my favorite trilogy of all time and watching the original feels like talking to an old friend. Do yourself a favor today, Watch Back To The Future.
Then watch the second one, cause where they’re going, they don’t need roads.
Then watch the third one cause Cowboy movies with Scifi undertones are awesome.