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REVIEW: Back to the Future

September 9, 2010 2 comments

You know what movies get a bad rap these days? Happy movies. Everybody thinks that to be high art, you have to have angsty characters with dysfunctional families in a grim and gritty universe, viewed with cynicism. All of a sudden, just because a movie is light and soft instead of dark and edgy, it blows. I blame the new Batman trilogy for equating grim and gritty with dollar signs in the eyes of executives.

Things weren’t always this way. Back to the Future is a movie from the bygone year of 1985. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is a normal kid of the 80’s, interested in skateboarding, girls and loud rock’n’roll. He’s friends with local mad scientist Dr. Emmet Brown, who tells Marty to meet him in the parking lot of Twin Pines Mall at 1:15am to show him the success of his latest experiment. Marty meets him there with a videocamera to witness the unveiling of… the DeLorean. Is that a surprise to anybody but Dan by now? Dan (you can look him up in the characters list) has somehow gone his entire life without seeing this movie. God, what a tool. Read more…