Youth Board Reviews: Back to the Future


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Glasgow Youth Film Festival presents a special screening of Back to the Future on Sunday 20 September. Click here to book your tickets.

**Warning: this article contains spoilers, plot and character descriptions from Back to the Future.**


It’s been 35 years since Back to the Future was released and to this day it remains one of the most influential films of the 1980s.

In this classic science-fiction film, we are introduced to 17-year-old Marty McFly and eccentric scientist Doc Brown for the first time. As part of one of Doc’s many experiments, Marty travels to the past in Doc’s latest invention – a time machine in the form of a DeLorean car. However, due to some unforeseen circumstances, Marty ends up stranded in the 1950s with no plutonium to power the DeLorean and get him home. To make matters worse, Marty accidentally messes up the moment his parents are meant to first meet, causing Marty’s mother to fall for him instead of his father.

Now in a race against time, Marty must fix his mistakes and get himself back to the future. He must help his father stand up to his bully, Biff, and simultaneously help him work up the confidence to ask out Marty’s mother, once again ensuring his own existence. With the help of younger Doc and a bolt of lightning, Marty is able to get back to when he belongs in one piece, although there have been some minor changes.

With an iconic soundtrack, style and script, Back to the Future is one of the most recognisable and well-known films of this century, with twists and turns to entertain the whole family. Doc and Marty manage to make even the strangest of circumstances seem not as bad as they could be. Both they and the ensemble that surrounds them make us believe in ourselves during a time we really need it. As Doc himself said, 'if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything' - and coming from a man who built a time machine, I think we should believe him.

Isobel Speirs
GFT Youth Board Member

Glasgow Youth Film Festival presents a special screening of Back to the Future on Sunday 20 September. Click here to book your tickets.


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