Thirty years ago, Back to the Future was released upon the world and became the highest grossing film of 1985, starring Michael J. Fox, in his first major film role, as Marty McFly, Christopher Lloyd as his friend and scientist, Dr. Emmett L. Brown, Lea Thompson as his mother, Lorraine Baines McFly and Thomas F. Wilson as school bully, Biff Tannen.
The movie takes place in October of 1985, where Marty is accidentally sent 30 years into the past by “Doc” Brown’s newest invention, a time machine in the form of a 1981 DeLorean. Due to complications out of his own control, he alters his parents first meeting in high school, threatening his own existence. It becomes a race, with the help of Doc Brown of 1955, to save his parent’s relationship and consequently himself.
This film is amazingly well done. It is a perfect mix of science fiction/fantasy, action/adventure and comedy. Fox plays the stereotypical teen and dedicated high school student that you cannot help from cheering on as he is trying to fix his own mistakes. As his best friend and helpful mentor, Lloyd as Doc Brown brings in his performance as the perfect comedic match to Marty’s serious circumstances. He is a very full of life and lovable goofball.
This film keeps you at the edge of your seat with well-choreographed skateboard runs, car chases and death defying stunts. The story pulls you in. You will be engaged and on your toes until the very end. The music and the clothes make the film dated. The message of the film is timeless, even though in an over exaggerated plot device of time travel. Children always feel they have the weight of the world on their shoulders and need to help their family in anyway they can. For Marty, if he does not fix what is wrong with his own timeline, he will cease to exist.
The cast and crew bring that same energy and amazing story telling to Back to the Future’s two sequels. Filmed back-to-back, Back to the Future II and Back to the Future III continue the adventures of Marty McFly and Doc Brown into the “far future” of October 21, 2015, all the way to the frontier of the Old West of 1885.
Directed by the Oscar Award-winning director of Forrest Gump, Robert Zemeckis, Back to the Future won one Oscar for Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing and was nominated for three others, Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen), Best Sound and Best Music (Original Song) for “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News. Back to the Future also won the Saturn Award of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror for Best Science Fiction Film and Best Actor for Michael J. Fox
Back to the Future and its sequels will be re-released on DVD and Blu-Ray on October 20, 2015, to culminate with this 30th Anniversary.