1941 (1979)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale (Screenplay) Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale, John Milius (Story)

Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Ned Beatty, John Belushi, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Christopher Lee, Tim Matheson

 

Plot: Hysterical Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion in the days after Pearl Harbor.


Tagline – As They Roared Into Battle, Only One Thing Was Missing…The Enemy!

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Simply Not Good Enough

 

Story: 1941 starts in the aftermath of Pearl Harbour, The Japanese are searching for Hollywood for their latest attack, while the army are planning to create a defence on the Californian coastline, Sgt Frank Tree (Aykroyd) leads his men in preparations while pilot Captain Wild Bill Kelso (Belushi) travels the country to support his troops.

The preparations bring us comical happenings which lead to what is going on between the Americans and the impending Japanese.

 

Thoughts on 1941

 

Characters – We have so many characters in this film it is hard to pick out the main ones, we will though, Sgt Frank Tree tries to keep peace between his soldiers and not letting them fight with the locals. Ward Douglas is the man that sees it has an honour to host the army for prime location for defence. Captain Wild Bill Kelso is a pilot that enjoys a drink, he heads across country to join the battle. Where we have too many characters it is hard to see which one we are meant to be follow the most.

PerformancesThe performances are affected by the mass cast because no one gets to show their best skills, we have the comical actors that want to joke, only for them to miss, then the serious actors not hitting their moments either.

StoryThe story follows the Americans as they plan for a potential next attack on America from the Japanese in the aftermath of the Pearl Harbour attack. The problem I see with this story, it showing us how we make light of a devastating moment in history with the Pearl Harbour attack and shows how America did panic but didn’t seem to take the events serious, well that is what the film gives us.

Action/Comedy/WarThe action plays into the comedy which gets basic laughs but most of the laughs seem to have dated badly and even just give us toilet humour, all with the backdrop of World War II.

SettingsThe film puts us in LA for the events of the film which shows how Hollywoodland would react to the impending war.


Scene of the Movie –
Plane sex.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Too many characters.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the biggest misses of Spielberg’s career, it has too many characters and doesn’t manage to balance out the comedy and action well enough.

 

Overall: Disappointing throughout.

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30th Anniversary Weekend – Back to the Future Part III (1990)

logoDirector: Robert Zemeckis

Writer: Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale (Screenplay)

Starring: Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen, Thomas F Wilson, Lea Thompson, Elisabeth Shue, Matt Clark, Richard Dysart

Plot: Enjoying a peaceable existence in 1885, Doctor Emmet Brown is about to be killed by Buford “Mad Dog” Tannen. Marty McFly travels back in time to save his friend.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Fitting Conclusion

Story: Back to the Future Part III starts picks up right where part II ends with Marty (Fox) having to turn to Doc Brown (Lloyd) of the past to help him save Doc Brown from the future from the past. Doc Brown has ended up in 1885 while Marty is in 1955, in 1955 Doc Brown must team up with Marty fix the time machine and go back to save Doc Brown after they discover that Doc gets killed one week after he wrote the letter to Marty.

Marty arrives and ends up making an enemy with Buford ‘Mad Dog’ Tannen (Wilson) the badest man in the west who has already made an enemy out of Doc Brown. We are left to watch the pair work out how to fuel up the DeLorean and go back to the future.team

Back to the Future Part III completes the saga with wonderful enjoyment by going back in time even further with the western theme. I liked how this continues the adventure to a new level and shows enough respect to what will happen later in the story. This is the perfectly completion to a trilogy that can easily be watched in one go and not feel old.

Actor Review

Michael J Fox: Marty McFly continues this adventure through time as he goes back to 1885 to save Doc Brown but he ends up getting stuck there as the two have to find a way to go back to the future. Michael does it great job in this role where he completes the final chapter of the saga.marty

Christopher Lloyd: Doc Brown must first help Marty go back to the old west but while there the original Doc Brown must then learn his new fate before returning to the future but he has finally found love. Christopher gives his best of the trilogy performance where he gets to shine with his story unfolding.doc

Mary Steenburgen: Clara Clayton is the new love interest of Doc Brown and how he ends up saving her life, she ends up putting a difficult decision in Doc’s mind as he has never found love before. Mary is a welcome addition to the story that is much need as she becomes the strongest female character in the series.

Thomas F Wilson: Buford ‘Mad Dog’ Tannen is the badest man in the west, he is responsible for Doc Brown’s death, he clashes with Marty as he first goes back leading to a final showdown between the two. Thomas does well in yet another role in the series showing he can look the part in any time period.

Support Cast: Back to the Future Part III has the supporting cast works really well and you get to see them all in their roles through a different time periods.

Director Review: Robert ZemeckisRobert finishes his trilogy off marvellously with this finish instalments.

Action: Back to the Future Part III brings in the wild west action into the story which all comes off very generic for the ideas.

Adventure: Back to the Future Part III finishes the saga off which ends up becoming one of the greatest of all time.

Comedy: Back to the Future Part III has the funniest moments in the franchise with where ti all ends up going.

Sci-Fi: Back to the Future Part III uses the idea of sci-fi world of time travel but steps away from it slightly more.

Western: Back to the Future Part III brings us into the western world and makes it easy to watch rather than just settling with the idea easy to use style.

Settings: Back to the Future Part III creates the western setting for the story which works to change the idea of the story again but keeps the peril in there.
Special Effects: Back to the Future Part III continues the use of great effects which have hardly dated.

Suggestion: Back to the Future Part III has to be watched once you have seen the rest of the saga. (Watch)

Best Part: Doc Brown falling in love.

Worst Part: That evil looking kid.

Favourite Quote: Doc Brown It means your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one, both of you.

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Nope

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $88 Million

Budget: $40 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

Tagline: They’ve saved the best trip for last… But this time they may have gone too far.

Trivia: When Doc and Marty are at the drive-in preparing the DeLorean for the trip to 1885, Marty mentions Clint Eastwood and Doc replies, “Clint who?” In this shot, there is a movie poster on the drive-in’s wall showcasing Revenge of the Creature (1955) and Tarantula(1955), containing some of the first film appearances of a young, then-unknown Eastwood.

Overall: Brilliant conclusion to one of the great set of films ever made.

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30th Anniversary Weekend – Back to the Future Part II (1989)

logoDirector: Robert Zemeckis

Writer: Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale (Screenplay)

Starring: Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F Wilson, Elisabeth Shue, James Tolkan, Jeffrey Weissman, Billy Zahn

Plot: After visiting 2015, Marty McFly must repeat his visit to 1955 to prevent disastrous changes to 1985… without interfering with his first trip.

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Verdict: Adventure Continues

Story: Back to the Future Part II starts where the first Back to the Future ends with Doc Brown (Lloyd) Marty McFly (Fox) and his girlfriend Jennifer (Shue) going into the future, only this time Biff (Wilson) witnesses this happening. They travel to the year 2015 where Marty has to stop his son from going along with Griff’s (Wilson) plan which ends up with him in jail.

With the plan successful and the future changed Biff gets his hands on the time machine where he goes back to a young version of himself handing himself a chance to make money and rule the town.

This leads to Marty having to go back to prevent this happening and putting everything back into place so they can end up living their normal lives again.

Back to the Future Part II continues the adventure that we all loved without making it all too over the top. We get to have a story that is built around the existing story without interfering in it and even ends up entering into the idea of questioning time travel. I think this is one of the best sequels that doesn’t get as much love as it could do.

Actor Review

Michael J Fox: Marty McFly is the same teenage hot head that won’t step away from a challenge, this time he goes to the future to stop his son getting into trouble only to get himself mixed up having to change the past yet again when Biff finds out about the time machine. Michael gives us a great performance as Marty that will still get known as one of his best.marty

Christopher Lloyd: Doc Brown is our eccentric scientist who has created the time machine, he comes back from the future to help Marty change his child’s future but when things have changed he has to find a way to correct the changes made. Christopher gives us a building on an iconic character that is now part of everyday reference.brown

Thomas F Wilson: Biff is the high school bully of Marty’s father who after the events of the first film is now finally just a slacker doing odd jobs, but when his older self learns of the time machine he travels back to young Biff to help him make him rich. Biff now runs the town and his Marty’s step father controlling the whole town. Thomas gives us the best performance in the film and really should get more praise for these characters he has to play.

Support Cast: Back to the Future Part II has the supporting cast from the previous films through the time periods, be it Marty’s parents, girlfriend of Biff’s bully friends. They all help to increase the fun in the adventure in their own way.

Director Review: Robert Zemeckis – Robert returns to bring us a continuing chapter to the adventure that is left open once more.

Adventure: Back to the Future Part II brings us an adventure that goes through time itself reaching new levels to the previous outing.

Comedy: Back to the Future Part II has good use of comedy to lighten the mood in what is actually a very serious story line.

Sci-Fi: Back to the Future Part II has to be one of the best uses of sci-fi ever made with the use of time travel.

Settings: Back to the Future Part II creates the future, past and alternative reality really well to show the good and bad side effects of time travel.
Special Effects: Back to the Future Part II has brilliant effect for the time period showing they are still believable today.

Suggestion: Back to the Future Part II is one to watch but I would say watch them all in order first. (Watch in Order)

Best Part: Handling of Time Travel

Worst Part: Being picky, I don’t like the cliff hanger ending.

Action Scene Of The Film: Hover-boarding.

Favourite Quote: Doc BrownRoads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Middle part of trilogy

Post Credits Scene: Yeah.

Oscar Chances: Nominated for One Oscar

Box Office: $118 Million

Budget: $40 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

Tagline: Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads!

Trivia: Renowned scientist Carl Sagan considered this the greatest time travel movie ever made. He praised the accuracy in handling the multiple time lines as what would really happen if time travel were possible. In Back to the Future: The Game, Carl Sagan is the alias used by Doc Brown when visiting Hill Valley in 1931.

Overall: This is how sequels should be made.

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30th Anniversary Weekend – Back to the Future (1985)

logoDirector: Robert Zemeckis

Writer: Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale (Screenplay)

Starring: Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F Wilson, Claudia Wells, Marc McClure

Plot: A young man is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence.

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Verdict: Classic Film

Story: Back to the Future starts with under achieving but bigger dreaming teenager Marty McFly (Fox) whose friendship with Doc Brown (Lloyd) puts him in trouble at school but his girlfriend Jennifer (Wells) believes he will make it on day. Marty’s parents George (Glover) gets walked all over by Biff (Wilson) while his mother Lorraine (Thompson) wonders where her life has gone.delorean

Marty gets involved with Doc Brown’s newest invention, a time machine built out of a Deloran, when the experiment goes wrong terrorist come after Doc Brown leading to Marty travelling back to 1955 where he has to work with a younger Doc Brown to get home but also making sure his parents meet after he accidentally gets involved in their time line.

Back to the Future brings us arguable the best time travel film for ever made, it tackles the butterfly effect of time travel with the idea that Marty could start fading away. It is hard to find a fault in this story because it comes off so well but then we could end up looking into the slightly uncomfortable taboo like relationship between Marty and his mum. We have plenty of growing up story lines going on with the standing up for yourself and taking a chance.

Actor Review

Michael J Fox: Marty McFly is our high school student who accidentally gets caught up in the middle of terrorist attack looking for revenge on Doc Brown ends up going back in time 30 years where he ends up having to find a way home and make sure his parents end up together. Michael does a great job where he ends up step into a role that had already been started.marty

Christopher Lloyd: Dr Emmett Brown is the scientist who creates time travel, he gets killed in the present but when Marty goes back in time he finds the younger version on Doc Brown who has to invent time travel years before. Christopher gives us one of the best entrance to a film series of all time as well as being one of the best characters in the sci-fi genre.doc brown

Lea Thompson: Lorraine Baines is Marty’s mother in both time periods but in the past she is the same age as Marty as she starts to fall for him instead of George. Lea gives us a good performance in this role.lorraine

Crispin Glover: George McFly is the hapless father of Marty who ends up having to take advice from his own son when it comes to ending up with Lorraine. Crispin shows that he could become a great comic actor.georhge

Thomas F Wilson: Biff Tannen is the bully who has been harassing George his whole life but when Marty goes back in time he helps George stand up to him at a younger age. Thomas is becomes the leading villain of the series that really works well for the series.

Support Cast: Back to the Future has a supporting cast that most includes the people Marty interacts with that all help.

Director Review: Robert ZemeckisRobert gives us one of the greatest films of all time.

Adventure: Back to the Future takes us on adventure through time itself.

Comedy: Back to the Future has good laugh throughout to take away any serious nature the story tries to create.

Sci-Fi: Back to the Future enters into the world of sci-fi with the time travel without over using the scientific terms.

Music: Back to the Future has some of the most iconic music in movie history.

Settings: Back to the Future creates the time settings very well to show how close the neighbourhood would be.
Special Effects: Back to the Future uses the special effects for the time of release that all look real now.

Suggestion: Back to the Future is one film I expect everyone to have seen at least once. (Watch)

Best Part: The escape.

Worst Part: Nothing

Favourite Quote: Doc BrownIf my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour… you’re gonna see some serious shit.

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Part one of three

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: Won 1 Oscar

Box Office: $197 Million

Budget: $19 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 56 Minutes

Tagline: Meet Marty McFly. He’s broken the time barrier. Busted his parents’ first date. And, maybe, botched his chances of ever being born.

Trivia: Apparently Ronald Reagan was amused by Doc Brown’s disbelief that an actor like him could become president, so much so that he had the projectionist stop and replay the scene. He also seemed to enjoy it so much that he even made a direct reference of the film in his 1986 State of the Union address: “As they said in the film “Back to the Future”, ‘Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.'”

Overall: One of the greatest movies ever made end of.

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