12 April 2009

Back to the Future (Your Past)

FatScribe is pleased to post the following guest piece by Caleb Garcia.
I am convinced that God orchestrated my birth in beautiful Southern California for the singular reason of my being able to attend American Film Institute movie screenings. For 42 years, A.F.I’s been in the dream-making business with these screenings, and as a recent beneficiary, I am eternally grateful for their choosing 1985’s Back to the Future (BTTF) to screen at the ArcLight Cinemas here in SoCal.

While the option of my watching time-traveling magic via a flat screen plasma and a couch often suffices, celebrating Marty McFly and Doc Brown’s epic adventure with a cheering crowd ready for some 80s nostalgia is a unique thrill and my preferred choice of venue. Looking around the comfy seats in this modern theater, I see every age group represented and feel a collective bond for ready-made escapism into the non-linear world of BTTF brilliantly crafted by Robert Zemeckis and exec. produced by the great Steven Spielberg.

Young audience members aside (who may not appreciate the nostalgia), when the circa 1985 Universal Globe spins on the opening credits, and the camera pan reveals a plethora of ticking clocks (while names that have been epically written into every BTTF aficionado’s memory roll in the credits), the audience, prepares to journey into a trusted story of familiarity and warmth. As an audience, we simultaneously laugh at Christopher Lloyd’s silent era expressionism, root for Marty’s skateboard getaways and way-too-loud guitar solos, and jointly ogle Lea Thompson’s hotness. After the fifth, eighth, twelfth viewing (only sixth for me), the love affair that began 24 years ago for so many people still burns with fiery passion. Huey Lewis and the News’s “The Power of Love” is head-bopping fresh (yea Oscar nom.), and the film’s ending milks every ounce of suspense out of the viewer with a story packed with plot devises to catch on later viewings. It’s a wonder the screenwriters for Witness were able to beat-out screenwriters Bob Zemeckis and Bob Gale for the Oscar win.


Anonymous said...

ahhh, the memories. nice.

roxy said...

this to is one of my favorite past time movies. my favorite part is when marty meets his mom in the past (she's a teenager) fun !