Back to the Future (1985)
IMDB Rating 8.5/10 116 min - Rated PG Sci-Fi | Adventure
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Chris Lloyd, Lea Thomson Director: Robert Zemeckis
Teenager Marty McFly (Fox) inadvertently goes thirty years back in time and interrupts his mother and father's first meeting. To avoid fading out of existence he must convince his future parents that they're meant to be together. A staple for anybody who grew up in the eighties, Back to the Future's mix of sci-fi, comedy and action proved a huge hit, and turned its star into a household name. Directed and co-written by Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump) and produced by Steven Spielberg, the film is a high point of the hugely successful cycle of glossy, high concept kids' movies that were so prolific in the mid 1980s - Ghostbusters, Inner Space, Gremlins, The Goonies etc. Like most of these, Back to the Future's appeal lies partly in not talking down to its young audience, something which explains its longevity and popularity amongst adults. The immense charm Fox lends to lead character Marty is another success. His skateboarding, guitar-playing cool is tempered nicely by his confused manner and diminutive stature, making him the template non-threatening teen male for the rest of the decade. Avoiding his pushover father and alcoholic mother, Marty spends most of his time with girlfriend Jennifer (Wells) and eccentric Doc Brown, (the excellent Lloyd), who offers precisely the kind of wild‑eyed mad inventor kids love, even though it's his mistake that acts as the catalyst for Marty's disastrous retreat into the past.