Back to the Future

Name: Back To The Future
Year: 1985
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 90
Description: Marty McFly, a typical American teenager of the Eighties, is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorean “time machine” invented by slightly mad scientist. During his often hysterical, always amazing trip back in time, Marty must make certain his teenage parents-to-be meet and fall in love – so he can get back to the future.
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson
Genre: Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

Still love it, though it’s really absurd that no one recognises Marty after his 1955 adventure. A very original story. I don’t know whether they made the concious decision to do this, but Christopher Lloyd really sounds very convincing when he changes his voice to play his younger self. Lea Thompson, too. Tom Wilson and Crispin Glover, on the other hand, don’t do a very good job there.

The first time I tried to watch it, one thing immediately put me off, namely the nearly incomprehensible Scottish audio description. No offence to the Scottish readers, but such a strong accent isn’t really my thing. Also, because some actors didn’t really sound ‘younger’ in the 1955 part, keeping track of their voices was difficult too. But then I found an alternative American AD track, which I both understood and found very enjoyable to listen to, which surprised me because most American narrators insist on reading everything in a dull voice, but this woman was really good. Thanks to her superior narration, BTTF became one of my favourite films.

Alan Silvestri’s score is refreshing as well, with great themes. The recording is crisp and clear, which, just like with the dialogue and effects, is dramatically worse in the sequels. Loved Etta James’s song and Marty’s vibrant Johnny B. Goode rendition.


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