Back to the Future (1985) (mini-review++)

(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

acting 8

directing 9

effects 8

editing 8

writing 9


5 out of 5 🐙


11-year-old me, along with millions of other pre-teens, and adults for that matter, were thoroughly thrilled by this time travel adventure. At this point in my life, I did not totally hate time travel.

(And to be fair, it’s not every time travel story that I hate. It’s just the ones that utilize MANY loops. They drive me f***ing crazy. And there is also the main problem with time travel: there’s no finality. There can always be a sequel (see the Terminator franchise) because they can ALWAYS say “x party managed to time travel in either direction just before you thought it was over and start the whole cycle over again”)

Though time travel, while ostensibly a large part of the theme of the movie, isn’t a loop of constant time travel. Most of it takes place in the 1950s. This movie made a mega-movie star out of Michael J. Fox who was already a TV star. Zemeckis conducted the phenomenal cast (Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Tea Thompson, Crispin Glover) with masterful skill and kept the movie moving at a perfect pace. The writing was sharp and witty and just plain, amazingly fun! Fox was the comic genius, earnest hero center of the movie, as you might imagine. The ending is a perfect setup for a sequel (but every single time travel story can be, obviously) but it works perfectly well as a single film. It is the spiritual ancestor of The Matrix (1999) ending. It screams sequel but there never had to be any.

If there was a list of most FUN movies ever, this would be in the to 10. OK, I’m going to start working on that list right away. Stop being so pushy!







(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

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