This past July was the 25th anniversary of the release of the classic 80’s movie Back to the Future. Back to the Future is just one of those movies everyone has to see; it’s a staple of American pop culture. Allusions to the movie can be seen in a multitude of other films and television shows. The movie has generated two sequels, each not quite as good as it’s predecessor, and was the highest grossing movie of its release year. It currently stands at number 72 on The Internet Movie Database’s list of top 250 films.
Back to the Future’s main character, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), is sent back to 1955 in a time traveling DeLorean built by the eccentric Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd). He runs into his teenage parents and accidentally changes the course of history jeopardizing his existence. He struggles to correct the changes he made in time and return to the future.
Back to the Future’s family friendly humor is timeless. Its pokes at the culture differences between generations are something any teen, or really, anyone with parents, can relate too. Everyone has listened to her mother lecture about how much more modest kids were in her day and experienced their parent’s confusion over the latest trend.
The humor stays strong from start to finish with just enough suspense worked in to keep the film thoroughly captivating for all of its 116 minutes. The characters are colorful and entertaining and the dialogue is quick and witty. If you don’t like this movie I’d have to believe you don’t like movies at all.