To celebrate the release of Spielberg's big-screen adaptation, Picturehouse Culture Shock presents a season of the retro sci-fi classics referenced in Ernest Cline's pop-cultural odyssey.
Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) doesn't have the most pleasant of lives. Browbeaten by his principal at school, he must also endure the acrimonious relationship between his nerdy father (Glover) and his lovely mother (Lea Thompson). The one balm in Marty's life is his friendship with eccentric scientist Doc (Lloyd), who at present is working on a time machine. Accidentally zapped back into the 1950s, Marty inadvertently interferes with the budding romance of his now-teenaged parents. Our hero must reunite his parents-to-be, lest he ceases to exist in the 1980s. Beyond its dazzling special effects, the best element of BACK TO THE FUTURE is the performance of Michael J. Fox, who finds himself in the quagmire of surviving the white-bread 1950s with a hip 1980s mindset. Terrific fun!