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GEORGE GIPE
Back to the Future


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Corgi, London, 1985
(price: 1.95; 250 pages)


The blurb on the back:

He was never in time for his classes ...
He wasn't in time for his dinner ...
Then one day ... he wasn't in his time at all.
Both and exciting novel and a high-spirited adventure film,
Back to the Future is the unforgettable story of a modern time-travelling teenager whose journey to the past risks his very own future when he discovers surprises he could never have imagined.


Well, what do you think? I mean you've seen the movie and you know the score: Michael J Fox is as watchable as ever, Christopher Lloyd is as great as ever and - with the exception of the offensive suggestion that Chuck Berry stole his genius from a middle-class white boy - it's a hugely entertaining film. But you know that it's not going to make a decent book. And indeed it doesn't.

George Gipe makes a decent enough fist of reworking the screenplay (by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale of 1941 infamy), but there's really no point. He shouldn't have bothered.


ARTISTIC MERIT: 2/5
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE:
1/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT:
1/5


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