After watching “Back to the Future” for the first time only a couple of years ago, I immediately went on iTunes and downloaded Huey Lewis and the News’ “The Power of Love”. I will admit that this song was my main motivation for wanting to see the 25-year-old movie on the cinema screen, so that I could hear the soundtrack blasting out through the powerful sound system.
It was worth the £3.25 entry fee.
The songs, both from the 50s and 80s, sounded marvellous, as did Alan Silvestri’s memorable score.
Iconic scenes we are so used to seeing on television looked even better on the big screen, like the first sighting of the DeLorean and the high school dance. The larger screen also allows for more detailed viewing. I never noticed the car’s “Outatime” number plate until yesterday.
A quarter of a century after its release, the humour is still fresh, the tension at the clock tower still unbearable. Even the special effects don’t look too dated in our “Avatar” generation.
The relationships between Michael J. Fox’s affable Marty McFly, his parents, and Christopher Lloyd’s manic Doc are still empathetic today.
Even if you’ve seen the trilogy umpteen times, own it on DVD yet still find yourself watching the showings on ITV4, it is still worth the effort to see at the cinema. It allows for a truly singular viewing, with no interruptions, no adverts, just a cinematic experience of a classic.
Can we have “Jurassic Park” re-released on the big screen next? Although if it’s going to be for the 20th anniversary I’m not sure I can wait until 2013.