Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Celluloid Film Review - Back To The Future

Title: Back To The Future

Year Of Release: 1985

Review Date: May 31, 2010

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 116 minutes

Box Office Gross: $381,109,762

Site Rating: 7 out of 10 stars

The "Back to the Future" trilogy began with the first installment released in 1985. The series of films stars charismatic, Canadian actor, Michael J. Fox and were instant hits.

The Delorean time machine

The first film saw teenager, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), act as an aide to his friend and scientist, Doc Brown, who invented a time machine using a Delorean sports car, he custom fitted with a Flux Capacitor, the fictional apparatus, that makes time travel possible.

Eric Stoltz's screen test during "Back To The Future" pre-production

The part of Marty originally went to actor, Eric Stoltz, who tested for the role. However, right before filming began, the production company made a last minute change, replacing him with "Family Ties" actor Michael J. Fox.

The McFly home

In the film, Doc Brown stole plutonium to power his time machine, from Libyan terrorists, who chase after him in America, finding the scientist in the parking lot of a mall, after closing hours, as he meets with McFly, who begins to film his latest invention.

In attempting to escape with his life, McFly revs up the time machine, to flee the terrorists and is launched back to 1955. Many films have attempted to capitalize on the success of this franchise, but none have duplicated its popularity with the public.

The "Back to the Future" movies are an entertaining trio of films, but as it is geared towards all audiences, it could have done without the cursing and grown up sexual jokes. Leaving those elements out would not have hurt this funny film series.