Back To The Future (1985)

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By Pei Yi

Perhaps in daily life, the very thought of a youth being a hero, or winning the recognition of their elders, is absurd and almost whimsical. Perhaps the idea is even weirder than the concept of time travel. But that is precisely what the movie Back to the Future highlights. A seventeen-year-old teenager, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), rises to the occasion to save his parents and himself through a fantastical journey of epic balance, sneaky manipulation, and witty insight.

It all started off with a meek Marty who was the son of a perpetual loser. His father was often bullied by an obnoxious man of his age, Biff H. Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson). After travelling thirty years back into the 1950s via an accidental ride in his friend, Doc Brown’s (Christopher Lloyd) hand-built time machine, the important role falls on Marty’s shoulders. Observing his parents at his age, integrating with the lives of people thirty years back, and utilizing his creativity to ensure the existence of his family, are a few of the several experiences faced by Marty. Faced with transforming obstacle after obstacle, uncertainty lies ahead of Marty as he tries to mend the chaos incited, and simultaneously talk Doc Brown into getting home 30 years ahead.

Packed with continuous action, suspense and humour, this ingenious blend of science fiction, thriller, comedy and romance by writer-director Robert Zemeckis and co-writer Bob Gale infuses hints of every possible element in amazing balance. Who wouldn’t be at the edge of their seats, indulging in the tight plot of the movie’s development, eyes wide open at the abrupt plot twists, as we egg on the young hero against the mean forces?

Optimistic principles are also what hooks, once again, our childhood innocence and imagination. Can we be a hero like Marty and start saving the world? What was our past like, and how will it be like in the future? Can we actively change our weaknesses to become a better person? Just as how lightning powers Doc Brown’s time machine, these embedded concepts enhance the electrifying positivity emanating from the movie.

But scientific errors are a significant downfall to this movie though. It just seems less believable when we introduce an instant traversing across the fourth dimension of time, without accounting for relativistic effects. It’s simply a pity that everything seems a little less real, when we are aware about the plot’s impossibilities in the real life, and in the near or far future.

Nevertheless, Back to the Future is rated as one of the most representative science fiction movies of all time, bringing positive vibe and endless thinking to us. Although Back to the Future day has passed two years ago, and we sadly have not gone anything close to the movie’s extrapolation, it will remain as a vision and perception of our future.

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