Seeing Some Serious Shit, at 88 Miles Per Hour…

The screen and orchestra, from my seat…

On Saturday night I went with The Girlfriend© to see Back to the Future in Concert at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow. She purchased the tickets as a birthday present for me because she knows that (spoiler alert) Back to the Future is one of my favourite movies.

To see it for the first time on the big screen along with a couple of thousand other fans was certainly a great moment for me, and one I won’t forget. I was a little disappointed that nobody was dressed up as Doc Brown, or sporting a red life preserver like Marty McFly, but I wasn’t about to waste the opportunity, so I sat down with my nerdy movie-specific tee shirt.

Having said that I was initially apprehensive about how it was going to work – about how the orchestral score was going to be integrated into what was happening on screen – but The Royal Scottish National Orchestra performed the music with gusto and did not let me or the legacy of the movie down. They were absolutely flawless. For a lot of the running time I actually forgot those few dozen people with the instruments were even there, and it was only when they began playing again that I remembered. The orchestra just became a part of the whole experience… and I guess that’s the point.

As a new twist on an old experience, this is hard to beat, and one that I heartily recommend to new and old fans. I don’t think anyone should see Back to the Future for the first time in this manner though, just because it is something a little different. It’s like watching the bonus features on a DVD, or seeing the movie from another angle.

But then again, if you haven’t seen Back to the Future yet, what the hell are you waiting for?

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