Friday, October 15, 2010

The Genius of Back to the Future

I LOVE “Back to the Future” besides the amazing quotes, great characters, and connections that weave it all together.  It’s a comedy, a sci-fi, a romance, an adventure, a high-school movie all wrapped in an exquisite gift.  The genius of this movie is how well it utilizes time travel.  Time travel is nothing new in fiction.  But this one does it for a couple reasons as opposed to the usual one goal that a time traveler has in mind.
Marty McFly is sent back in time from 1985 to 1955 Hill Valley California in a time traveling DeLorean.  Now he has to prevent Doc Brown’s death by the Libyans.  He needs to get his parents to kiss and inevitably marry thus creating him, and then he needs to get struck by lightning at a precise moment to go back to his own time of 1985.  Has your head exploded yet?
Well as if it wasn’t enough Marty has to contend with Biff Tannen.  I seriously do not understand that family.  It’s one thing when a bully has got a serious hate on for a guy but when every member of your family throughout history and even in alternate realities is an asshole I’d say that is pretty ingrained in your DNA.  This guy is the monkey wrench that is thrown into the machinery at every turn.
​There is also the fact that the more changes he makes to the past the more drastic the changes will be to his present.  Don’t believe me?  Remember how Marty goes to Twin Pines Mall to meet Doc Brown in the beginning of the movie?  Marty is blasted back to 1955 to what the mall used to be farmland owned by old man Peabody.  Doc says “He had a crazy idea about breeding pine trees.” Marty kills a pine escaping Peabody’s farm.  This seems like no big deal but if you look closely when Marty returns back to 1985 the mall is now called Lone Pines Mall.
​It will blow your mind to think of all the paradoxes and ins and outs of time travel.  And this is just the first movie.  It’s my favorite movie of all time because I notice something new every time I watch it.  I recommend it to everyone.  It really takes you for a journey that you can appreciate.  I just wish one day I could find out how Doc and Marty got to be such good friends.  That seems like it would have been and interesting story to since it doesn’t seem like Marty’s parents are close with him.

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