Back to the Future

Film, Comedy
5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
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Back to the Future

There aren't many films we'd describe as perfect, but Robert Zemeckis's oh-so-'80s time travel tale fits the bill

Despite repeated asteroid threats, nuclear meltdowns, wars great and small and potentially species-eliminating plagues, we as a planet have finally made it. Happy ‘Back to the Future’ Day, everyone! October 21, 2015 is the day Doc and Marty jetted off to at the end of the first film: the dream destination for these experienced time travellers. What would the world be like so far in the future, everyone asked back in 1985? The answer came four years later in ‘Back to the Future 2’ and involved hoverboards (yep, we have those), ’80s nostalgia (check) and ‘Jaws 15’ (sadly, still in development hell).

But how, on this momentous day, does the original ‘Back to the Future’ stack up? Pretty much perfectly, to be honest. Time has not blunted its fresh wit, Capraesque sweetness, effortless moebius-strip storytelling and endlessly charming performances one iota. There’s the odd you-wouldn’t-get-away-with-that-now moment – Marty (Michael J Fox) basically hatches a plan to sexually assault his own mum (Lea Thompson) in a car park, and there’s that scene where it turns out a white guy invented rock ’n’ roll after all. But overall this is every bit as classy, clever and cockle-warming as it was 30 years ago.

By: Tom Huddleston

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Release details

Release date:
Friday October 23 2015
Duration:
116 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Robert Zemeckis
Screenwriter:
Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale
Cast:
Michael J Fox
Christopher Lloyd
Lea Thompson
Crispin Glover
Thomas F Wilson
Claudia Wells

Average User Rating

4.9 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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tastemaker

Absolute classic genius sci-fi movie, feels like it doesn't age that much either!! I must have watched it more than 20 times in total and I'm still loving it. It is a trilogy but I'm not sure I have a favourite... All three stories are quite catchy and interesting. All three movies are really easy to watch and it is family friendly!
I just wish we could make a 4th movie...


Just finished watching the trilogy,part 2 is my fav! but all 3 are clever,funny & extremely entertaining.


Just finished watching the trilogy,part 2 is my fav! but all 3 are clever,funny & extremely entertaining.


Now THATS how you make a movie. Honestly one of the all time greats & my first time viewing in the cinema-the experience is even better. Hopefully they will release b.2.t.future 2 aswell


Now THATS how you make a movie. Honestly one of the all time greats & my first time viewing in the cinema-the experience is even better. Hopefully they will release b.2.t.future 2 aswell


Wow - my all time favourite film is on! I'd love to see it again.Anyone out there free to apply for the seat next to me?? (preferably a discretionary fund manager with own Delorean. But would settle for own cat...)


Wow - my all time favourite film is on! I'd love to see it again.Anyone out there free to apply for the seat next to me?? (preferably a discretionary fund manager with own Delorean. But would settle for own cat...)


Its a Minor Master class. Can we PLEASE hear it for GLOVER? OUTSTANDING. (But Roger Rabbit is Zemeckis finest hour) 8/10