What do you need to know about it?
Back to the Future was a film released and set in 1985. High school student Marty McFly gets accidentally sent 30 years into the past, stops his parents falling in love, has to make amends, invents Rock n Roll, and has to find a way back to the present, using a thunderstorm. It was followed up by an ok second film set in the future and past, then a fabulous final chapter mostly set in 1885. Blah, blah, blah. Oh come on man, it’s Back to the Future, who doesn’t know about it?
Dr Emmett Brown. The Delorean. Flux capacitor. Mr Fusion. The infamous skateboard scene. The manure. The Frisbee. 1.21 Gigawatts.
The first film is a classic of “modern” cinema, and if you are interested in (film) scriptwriting has next to no wastage what so ever. It’s about as perfect a script as a drama / comedy is going to get.
Where did I first become acquainted?
I definitely didn’t see it at the cinema. I was only 10 at the time. I think it was the big film on xmas day tv a few years later (these were times when films took forever to get onto video, then even longer to reach tv). By that point it was already becoming a film of legend. I loved it. I saw part two at the cinema and queued for a couple of hours at our local cinema to see part three. Oh, those were the days. Yeah, the days before multiplexes. Queueing up in the hot sun – sucker. I’ll conveniently forget that I do the same thing now at Disneyland, waiting for a ride.
I think I watch the trilogy almost once a year. I have them on blu-ray now. I have a Back to the Future t-shirt. That sounds a bit odd doesn’t it? Um, I also have the recent Back to the future games on the Mac as well. I didn’t call my kid Marty before you ask.
When I first visited America, and actually to the house I now live in, I thought the street looked like it was out of Back to the Future. Well it is southern California isn’t it? It sort of does.
What to buy:
The trilogy set on DVD, or if you have a Blu-ray player, it is much better on that.
Anything related to look at:
Read the wiki page. Check out this site if you want to discuss plot holes (you can google several sites for that). Check out the official geek site BTTF here. It’s worth clicking on just to watch the brief intro, if nothing else. Although you can order a replica hoverboard. Hmm… And all manner of other back to the future related things / junk.
Check out the recent Back to the future adventure / puzzle games (they are along the same lines as the Secret of Monkey Island games if you ever played those). Available on Mac / PC, PS3, maybe something else. It is in five parts, (I think I’m about half way through), and is set after the trilogy finishes. Doc has got into more trouble, Marty has to get out and rescue him.
Type “Back to the future parody” into the youtube search function and see what appears. Lots of bad ones and some good ones like this “Downfall” spoof:
Oh, in my past I had worked for a time at a power company. There was this thickie sales guy who would always mis-estimate things. My manager of the time, and I would always refer to him as “1.21 gigawatts”, often in the Doc voice. Ok, you probably had to be there.
Lexicon word of the day: artifice.