Like other late 80s plastic-bodied SLRs of its type, its plastic construction belies its capabilities. This class of camera is extremely sophisticated in function compared to its retro-looking older siblings from the 60s and 70s.
This camera will give you the manual, aperture priority, shutter priority, and program exposure modes which were developed throughout earlier decades; it also delivers multiple metering modes which are, as a rule, substantially more sophisticated than what some of those earlier stylish chrome bodies can offer. You can read more about it on Canon's Camera Museum website.
Bonus: this camera uses EF-mount lenses. If you already own full-frame EF lenses that you use with a DSLR, most or all of your lenses should be transferable. You should always check specific compatibility lens by lens and body by body, but if you enjoy shooting both film and digital (or are digital-only with a stable of EF lenses), this cross-compatibility lets you put the money you would have needed to spend on new lenses into film instead.