Monday, August 25, 2008

Back to the Future (1985)

If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything. Is that how Robert Zemeckis made the greatest movie of all-time? I suppose the fact that I just asked that means I'm not a serious film buff. But if serious film buffs are not allowed to say that Back to the Future is a true masterpiece while keeping a straight face, then that's the last group I need to be a member of. Time travel will never have such style ever again. And there is hardly an unnecessary frame or a line that is not perfectly written and delivered (OK, maybe there was no good reason for the bad guys to be Libyans, but we'll let that slide). Everything is thought-out so carefully. In the movie Einstein the dog is the world's first time traveler. As a kid watching it I found that amusing, but you realize what a nice touch it is once you learn a little bit more about Einstein the theoretical physicist. Wait, what do you mean, you've seen this? It's brand new.


Mearns said...

Good review.
I agree, this is an overlooked masterpiece.
When I was in LA, I went to the gym where this scene was filmed and recited the "If you guys ever have kids" dialogue in this very stairwell.
Did you notice that when Marty goes back to the future, that Twin Pines Mall has a different name?

scituate said...

That's awesome. Yeah, it's all the little things like The Lone Pine Mall that I'm talking about when I say everything was so well thought-out. Who the hell is John F. Kennedy?