Back To The Future – An Experience – Film Review by Glenn Barr

Written by on November 19, 2019

Back to the Future: An Experience

written by Glenn Barr


If we travel back in time to 1985 for the briefest of moments and visit The ABC Cinema, Frogmore Street, Bristol, you may witness a young Boy Scout experience a movie that will change his life forever. Ironic, considering the 151st Fishponds Baptist Church Scout Group voted in favour of watching Back to the Future and the young Boy Scout made a huge fuss about not wanting to go as he said the trailer looked ‘rubbish!’ How wrong he was! In fact, if memory serves, it became rather difficult to remove said Boy Scout from the cinema on the off chance he might be able to see it again!



Most people are familiar with the story by now. The magnificent Michael J. Fox plays Marty McFly, a teenage slacker that travels back in time to 1955 and disrupts the meeting of his own parents. Luckily for Marty, a younger version of the time machine inventor, Doc. ‘Emmett’ Brown (Christopher Lloyd) is still around to help send Marty back.


Now, thirty four years later, Back to the Future has become a cherished trilogy that transcended boundaries and touched the hearts of millions, due largely to the fact that we were presented with an arguably perfect story. Directed by Robert Zemeckis and co-written with producer Robert Gale (Bob & Bob), they vowed to protect this glorious invention from inferior sequels until the day they die.


Indeed, as the DeLorean time machine blasted towards the silver screen, following Doc’s immortal line, ‘Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads’, it had to be all over, right? In fact, the ending was intended as a joke to ensure that cinemagoers went home elated and satisfied. The plan definitely worked, but Universal Pictures wanted more. Thank the heavens that Bob & Bob returned to helm Back to the Future Parts II (1989) and III (1990) otherwise this glowing review may not have been quite so favourable.

However, as with all successful movies, Back to the Future (Part I) went through some significant changes. Yes, folks, it is true that the time machine was originally intended to be a fridge, therefore the epic race against time conclusion of Part I could have been very different indeed. Believe it or not, it is also reported that the Doc and Marty originally raced to a nuclear test site in order to send Marty safely back to 1985! Furthermore, Marty underwent a significant image change as initial actor, Eric Stoltz (Pulp Fiction), was replaced halfway through the shooting schedule. However, if one looks closely, it is rumored that Stoltz’s fist delivers the knockout blow to poor old Biff Tannen during the infamous diner scene. Ah, the marvels and magic of the movies!

(Maybe Indiana Jones used it instead)

It is difficult to imagine Part I without that exciting finale, and who could forget the moment Marty invented rock and roll during the rousing Enchantment Under The Sea dance? Therefore, let’s leave it to Doc. Brown (at the end of Part III) to pinpoint exactly why Back to the Future Part IV should never need to see the light of day: ‘It means your future hasn’t been written yet, no one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it, so make it a good one, both of you!’


10 /10 – Absolute perfection time and time again!



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