A big hello to everyone out there and a very happy Back to the Future Day! “What is Back to the Future Day?”, you may ask. Well, let me tell you. Today just so happens to be the day that Doc Brown and Marty McFly travel to in the future of Back to the Future Part II. A moment like this doesn’t happen very often so I decided to put aside the scheduled Wednesday Night Kitchen Raid to commemorate this momentous occasion with quick reviews of each of the movies in the trilogy.
Back to the Future
Google Plot synopsis: In this 1980s sci-fi classic, small-town California teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is thrown back into the ’50s when an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) goes awry. Traveling through time in a modified DeLorean car, Marty encounters young versions of his parents (Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson), and must make sure that they fall in love or he’ll cease to exist. Even more dauntingly, Marty has to return to his own time and save the life of Doc Brown.
This movie is so much fun and is a staple of many people my age’s childhood. Marty is such a likeable character and you really get the sense that his choices could be your own. Nothing seems too far fetched within the realm of the movie. The other character archetypes like Biff, the bully, and Marty’s dad, the nerd, make this movie easy to watch and relate to, as we all have similar kinds of people in our lives. The best of the trilogy in my opinion and jam packed with heart.
Back to the Future Part II
Google Plot Synopsis: In this zany sequel, time-traveling duo Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) return from saving Marty’s future son from disaster, only to discover their own time transformed. In this nightmarish version of Hill Valley, Marty’s father has been murdered and Biff Tannen, Marty’s nemesis, has profited. After uncovering the secret to Biff’s success — a sports almanac from the future — Marty and the Doc embark on a quest to repair the space-time continuum.
This is the movie in which Marty and Doc Brown travel to today, October 21, 2015. Now, while this one is not as good as the original, it is still a good film in general and a good effort to recreate the charm of the original. Unfortunately, director Robert Zemeckis, veers away from the heart of the first movie and fills this one with sometimes cluttered and uneven plot points to try and compensate. That aside though, it’s great to see the continuation of the story and keep up to date on Marty and Doc’s antics.
Back to the Future Part III
Google Plot Synopsis: In this final chapter, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) obtains a 70-year-old message from the time-traveling Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd), in which he informs Marty that he has retired to a small town in the Old West. Marty then finds out that the Doc was murdered shortly after sending the letter. In order to save his friend, Marty will have to travel back in time, disentangle a lovestruck Doc from a local schoolmarm, and repair the DeLorean — all while avoiding a posse of gunslingers.
This last instalment is a truly sweet film that returns to it’s roots and is more like the first film. Without all the product placement and overly fast pacing, this one takes it’s time to tell the story about the characters that we have come to love throughout the previous two films. There are some truly great moments in this film and it’s a nice conclusion to a timeless movie trilogy.
And now I leave you with a funny reference to Back to the Future from Knocked Up:
Also, how does she not know who Doc Brown is? Craziness.