Well, let’s say this first. What a great telling of paradoxes in the time travel genre. First, there’s the question about whether a time traveler and/or a time traveling device would run into anything if leaving one time and entering another. With the DeLorean, this is displayed even more so, because the Flux Capacitor’s power is directly related to the speed of the car. So, when the car reaches 88mph, the Flux Capacitor generates the necessary electrical power to send the car into the designated time.
Now we have to contend with not only a car reappearing in an area that may already be occupied by something or someone, but the car is moving in a lateral direction as well, at 88pmh! So, when Marty McFly travels back in time for the first time, he runs through a corn field, a scarecrow and through a barn door where the DeLorean stops inside as it crashes into bales of hay.
Then comes the idea that you should not tamper with the past. The slightest instance could result in catastrophic consequences! “GREAT SCOTT!” Butterfly Effect, anyone? So, when Marty accidentally “falls” into the lap of his mother’s home, she becomes smitten with him, and therefore, the chain of events that originally led to her meeting Marty’s father, George, no longer exists.
Now, Marty has to convince his mother that he’s not for her, convince George (dad) that he’s good enough for Lorraine (mom), and convince mom that George is a worthy mate! All the while, he must deal with Biff, the local bully/thug.
And during all this, with the Mom/Dad path disrupted, Marty begins to FADE! Without his parents meeting, and ultimately hitting it off, he will never be born. Therefore, his very existence in the past could result in his death long before he’s even born!! Wrap THAT around your noggin! “This is heavy,” indeed!
All in all, the movie shows intelligence in the way that it tells the time travel story, but also incorporates enough action, comedy and love story to keep everyone’s attention. And even if you don’t completely follow the science of science fiction, you’re still okay, because the script allows it to be told in a way that puts you at ease if you don’t completely “get it.”
This is a great flick; a classic from an era in America that was filled with great achievements in entertainment…the ’80s!!
The acting is superb, the direction is flawless and the script is a thing of beauty. There aren’t many movies that Spielberg has done that you can say a lot of bad things about. No change here. And Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox display an on-camera chemistry that may make you want to meet the characters in real life…if they were real, that is.
Overall, I would give this a 9 out of 10. I would recommend this for anyone interested in any number of genres.