The adventure is ‘Back’ at the State Theater this weekend

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Showing of movie trilogy includes dinner option

By Becca Owsley

The year was 1985. A movie was released that made most teens want to wear a blue jean jacket, learn to skateboard and pledge to own a DeLorean when they grew up.


That movie was “Back to the Future.” A teenager time travels with the help of a wild-haired scientist to find out a few things he didn’t know about his parents and learn time can be rewritten.

Elizabethtown moviegoers have a chance to see this adventure and its sequels this weekend as the Historic State Theater celebrates the 1980s.

Even in middle school, this movie buff understood the excitement around the movie. “Family Ties” was a hit on TV and its star, Michael J. Fox, was becoming a hit with teenage girls.

I still remember the day my family went to see it. While waiting to go to the theater, my brother and I watched MTV, hoping we would see the Huey Lewis and the News video, “The Power of Love,” featured in the movie.

It must have made an impact because I later received a “Back to the Future” skateboard, which I was too clumsy to ride.

The film was made when Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis were at the top of their 1980s game.

But more than that, at that time, it was something teens and their parents could see and enjoy together. When Fox’s Marty McFly was transported back to 1955, he had a glimpse of his parents’ lives before he was even a thought to them.

Along with Fox, Christopher Lloyd (Doc Brown), Lea Thompson (Lorraine Baines-McFly), Crispin Glover (George McFly) and Thomas F. Wilson (Biff Tannen) helped make this film a classic.

It’s a movie many viewers still love today, 27 years later. Yikes, has it been 27 years? I need a time-traveling DeLorean just to get past that reality.

In 1989 and 1990 we went to the future, the past and back again with Marty as the film became a time-traveling trilogy. While the second entry in the trilogy made everyone yearn for the year 2015 and a hover board, it mainly served to connect to the first and third. The filmmakers’ use of actors playing multiple parts and layered together throughout the film became overkill.

The most interesting thing about the second film in the series is the look at what we thought the future might be like in the 1980s. Marty’s fictitious trip to the future was only three years from today. Flying cars, self-drying clothes and self lacing tennis shoes are missing from our landscape. But the interesting part is, they did get one thing right — communication. We have flat-screen televisions that allow you to watch multiple shows at once and video communication and voice command technology are realities. These all were featured in the trilogy’s vision of the future.

But sadly, still no hover board.

In the finale of the trilogy, Doc and Marty wind up in the old West. The first in the series is still the best film and the third is a fun and fitting end.

This trilogy is loved by many who were alive in the 1980s and  probably has gained a more fans over the years. Watching it again brings back memories of the first time you saw it.

Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.  For movie reviews visit her reporter page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Becca-Owsley/96924584861


The “Back to the Future” Trilogy & dinner is Saturday. The first movie in the trilogy is at 2 p.m., Part II at 4:30 p.m. and Part III at 8 p.m. Tickets for each film are $5, $15 for the trilogy.

Dinner tickets are $11. The dinner, catered by Back Home, is at 6:30 p.m. in the First Federal Gallery banquet room.

For more information or to make reservations for dinner, call (270) 234-8285.


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