The time has finally come when my kids are now old enough to watch some classic sci-fi movies that were favorites of mine when I was a kid. We usually do a family movie night on Saturdays and they’ve become so much more enjoyable for me now we don’t have to be quite so strict about the content.
Last Saturday we watched Back to the Future. I was just a teenager when this movie came out over twenty-five years ago. At the time it was a huge hit, spawning at least two sequels that I’m aware of. I was really curious to see what my kids would make of it and interested to see if it had stood the test of time. The verdict from my kids: Awesome! The verdict from me: just as much fun as it was the first time around. My younger boy said it shouldn’t count as sci fi ‘cos there were “no spaceships in it,” while my bigger guy insisted that “time travel should totally count.” Oh, how I love those little geeks of mine.
I think the thing that stuck me most, apart from the acid washed jeans and big hair, was the terrific performance from Michael J. Fox. Oftimes the funniness of certain scenes were so effective due to his facial expressions or physical comedy. The scene where he is trying to fend off the advances of his mom as a teenager had my kids screaming with laughter. First time around I just noticed what a little cutie he was; this time around he got my respect for his acting. The whole cast was terrific, in fact. The film not only thoroughly entertained the whole family, but we also got a good conversation about bullying out of it. When Marty returns to the present to find that his father, who had been bullied at school, was a different man after learning to stand up to a bully, we got to have a discussion about the long term effects that bullying can have on an individual.
How long has it been since you saw Back to the Future? How old were you when you watched it? What are your memories of it?
* * *