|"Great Scott! There's one person alive who hasn't |
seen how adorable you looked in 1985, Michael!"
Somehow my entire ability to direct a play that incorporated a fair number of pop culture gags was called into question. My lame attempt to get some favour back by making a crack at a "flux capacitor" joke was met with violent outcries of "Oh you don't get to SAY that, because YOU haven't seen the movies!" I can't even remember how I got everyone back on track. Probably threw out a bait of "Hey, let's discuss the glow-in-the-dark genitals scene" to distract them all (again, snubbed by the Matildas. You decide, people. Bioluminescent junk - cheap B-grade titillation or art?)
So, spurred on by a spectacular deconstruction of the films by international man of mystery Tom Salinsky, I have spent the past week or so watching the Back to the Future trilogy.
Are they great movies? Absolutely. Superbly plotted, well-acted, charming without being cloying and with lots of juicy history gags to keep nerds like me giggling. I can see why people have so much affection for them.
Am I a fool for not seeing them before now? Maybe. But then, I do have a lot of history documentaries and British comedies to rewatch. I mean, I still can't quote Blackadder entirely off by heart - what kind of a nerd does that make me?
Anyway, I'm very pleased to finally be able to cross Back to the Future off the list of "Famous Trilogies I Have Never Seen". That just leaves The Godfather, Superman, Die Hard, The Bourne Series, Mad Max, Toy Story, Terminator, Aliens and those George Romero zombie ones.
But come on, I've seen almost all Jane Austen TV and movie adaptations a bunch of times. That's, like, a whole lot of trilogies! Right?