Back to the Future

Title: Back to the Future
Year: 1985
Length: 116 minutes
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Writers: Robert Zemeckis & Bob Gale
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd’s bulging eyeballs, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson
Music: Alan Silvestri (and Huey Lewis and non-original music)
Distinctions: Oscar for Best Sound Effects Editing; Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay, Best Song (“The Power of Love”) and Best Sound; currently #78 on IMDb’s Top 250

My reaction
Synopsis: A teenager goes back in time to when his parents were his age
How I saw it: on video a million times or so, most recently (rented from Netflix) yesterday
Concept: Great.
Story: Great. Anyone with even the most basic grasp of logic can see that none of this makes any sense whatsoever. And yet, you don’t care. How’d they do that?
Characters: Great.
Dialog: Good.
Pacing: Great. You would think it would start to lose interest after seeing it so many times, but it still feels like it’s about 80 minutes long.
Cinematography: Indifferent.
Special effects/design: Good. Great design, and bad special effects. There’s a lot more design involved than special effects, so it tips over to the good side of things.
Acting: Good.
Music: Indifferent. I really want to say it’s terrible, but as crap as this music is, I have to admit it’s right for the movie. And the band at the dance is good.
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good).
Objective Rating: 3.2/4 (Very good).


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