1955: Back To The Future

Cover of "Back to the Future"

Cover of Back to the Future

In 1985, Back To The Future came to the big screens, and from this moment on, was one of the biggest movies in history. The year is 1985, and a crazily eccentric, but brilliant doctor, known as Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), claims to have finally mastered time travel. In his DeLorean, Doc has fitted a device he calls The Flux Capacitor, which is the genius behind the method of time travel he has created. However, things go terribly wrong whilst Doc demonstrates his invention, as a bunch of Libyan Nationalists discover Doc, and kill him. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), a friend of Doc’s who he’d been helping out, manages to evade the gunfire, and takes the DeLorean. In a fierce chase, Marty manages to reach the perfect speed to allow time travel…88mph, at which point, through a sudden surge of power and electricity, he accidentally appears in 1955.

Now, just by accidentally entering 1955, Marty has drastically changed the course of his life, for the worse. His own mother has a crush on him, and now he must make his own mother fall in love with his father once again, or else Marty will cease to exist. Fun times indeed. From here on out, the movie is just non-stop enjoyment, full of comedy, cleverness, great action, and stupendous time paradoxes that really do make you think. I’m sure most people have seen this movie, but for those of you who haven’t, expect a movie like no other you’ve seen. Sure there have been many movies based around space and time, but this is the pioneering movie; the one that is best known for its paradoxical brilliance, which makes you think outside the box, about the possibilities in our universe…well it was for me at least.

The movie ends with Marty managing to restore the relationship of his mother and father, and thus, saving his own existence in the process. However, he also manages to change the present for the better, and all is good again. But is it really? Doc appears in the blink of an eye, informing Marty that there are dire problems, but this time, in the future. And the movie ends with the classic line… “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads…”.

And seeing as this movie is the first in a trilogy, there is only more great time travel fun to follow, filled with fun and clever references to the this movie throughout. Back to the Future, is generally a brilliant movie, and probably one of my all time favourites – one I can watch many times over without becoming bored of it. Michael J. Fox, a great actor, accompanied by Christopher Lloyd, portraying Doctor Emmett Brown, one of the best characters in a movie ever. The whole concept of the movie is brilliant. So if you haven’t seen it, travel back to 1985 and enjoy the experience…

By Manpreet Singh

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