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Back to the Future

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By Shivam Maddheshiya Published 7 months ago 3 min read
Back to the Future
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Back to the Future is a science fiction comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis and released in 1985. It tells the story of teenager Marty McFly, who travels back in time from 1985 to 1955 and inadvertently disrupts his parents' relationship. With the help of a time machine built by his eccentric friend Doc Brown, Marty must find a way to ensure his parents fall in love and return to his own time before it's too late.

The film opens in 1985 with Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, a high school student who dreams of becoming a rock musician. He lives with his parents, George and Lorraine, and his siblings in Hill Valley, California. Marty's best friend is the eccentric inventor Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown, played by Christopher Lloyd, who has created a time machine out of a DeLorean sports car. Doc shows Marty the time machine and demonstrates how it works by sending his dog, Einstein, one minute into the future.

However, their demonstration is interrupted when Libyan terrorists arrive and shoot Doc, mistaking him for a government agent who has stolen their plutonium. Marty jumps into the DeLorean to escape and accidentally activates the time machine, sending him back to the year 1955.

In 1955, Marty encounters a younger version of his parents, who are still in high school. He inadvertently disrupts their relationship when he saves his father George from being hit by a car and is knocked unconscious. When he wakes up, he discovers that his mother Lorraine has developed a crush on him instead of his father, and he realizes that he has to set things right before he can return to the present.

Marty seeks out the help of a younger Doc Brown, who is skeptical of his claims about time travel. However, when Marty proves that he knows information about the future, Doc agrees to help him get back to 1985. They hatch a plan to get George to ask Lorraine to the school dance, where they will kiss and fall in love. However, their plan is complicated by the arrival of Biff Tannen, a bully who has a crush on Lorraine and is determined to keep George away from her.

Back to the Future is a classic example of the time travel genre, but it is also a comedy with a strong emphasis on character and relationships. The film is full of memorable moments, such as Marty's attempts to pass himself off as "Calvin Klein" to his parents, his realization that he has disrupted the timeline when he sees that his family is now wealthy and successful, and his race against time to get back to the future before he is erased from existence.

One of the strengths of the film is its attention to detail and its use of foreshadowing. For example, early in the film, Marty is shown playing a guitar at home, and later in the film, he uses his musical skills to win over his parents at the school dance. Similarly, the film sets up Biff as a menacing bully early on, and his antagonism towards Marty and George provides a source of tension throughout the film.

The film is also notable for its use of music, both original score by Alan Silvestri and iconic pop songs of the 1950s. The soundtrack includes classics such as "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry, "Earth Angel" by The Penguins, and "Power of Love" by Huey Lewis and the News. The music is not only entertaining but also serves to establish the tone of the film and evoke a sense of nostalgia for the 1950s.

The performances in the film are also noteworthy, particularly Michael J. Fox's portrayal of Marty. Fox brings a likable energy to the role, and his

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