*NOMINATED FOR 1 OSCAR*
It would be four years before Marty and Doc. returned to the big screen in Back To The Future 2 (BTTF2). With the success of the first instalment, it was inevitable that sequels would follow. To save costs and take advantage of Michael J. Fox’s break from Family Ties, Robert Zemeckis would shoot part 2 and 3 back-to-back, Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions-Style. BTT2 is a worthy sequel, even though it can feel like we’ve been there, done that. Regardless, it’s the 30 year celebration of Back To The Future, and it’s time to munch on BTTF2!
If you are a time travel fanatic, this is the movie for you. With overlapping timelines and alternate timelines, paradoxes and a mind blowing ending, there is something for everyone in BTTF2. Although maintaining the tone comedic, there are some intense moments in this film, which are enough to keep you interested, which is necessary in this instalment, because, although creative in it’s own way, it lacks the freshness of it’s original.
For a long time BTTF2 was my favourite of the three films, mostly due to the warped presentation of 2015, the future, at the time. Now that it is 2015, my perspective has changed, and part 1 is my favourite. Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale were both reluctant to do a future scene, simply because of the fact that predictions about the future tend to be wrong. This is why they opted for a more ‘unrealistic’ representation of the future, including hoverboards and flying cars, non of which we see today, although we wish we did! Plus I thought it was interesting that they showed us a bright future, not a post-apocalyptic future. The future is bright, but made foul by some of the people that inhabit it, like Griff Tanenn (Thomas F. Wilson) and his ‘minions’. Perhaps there’s the first message for humanity, it’s up to us, and what we decide to make the future.
As fun as this film is, there are messages that still resonate true, today. This film is more about Marty than the first film. Marty has some lessons to learn, and he ends up learning them the hard way, expect he has a time machine and a great buddy, the one and only Doc. Brown. It’s Marty’s ‘greed’ that causes a rift in the space time continuum, and it’s over sensitivity on his part about being called a ‘chicken’ that causes havoc for his future self and to be family. Greed is a nasty disease that can grow and spread like gangrene, it’s literally, deadly. Biff Tanenn’s life in the alternate 1985 is a prime example of this. BTTF2 is a great analogy of how pursuing ‘greed’ can have disastrous consequences.
When it comes to what other people think about us, isn’t it best to be interested in what those that love us, think? Marty McFly doesn’t like being called, ‘chicken’, and more than once this causes havoc on the space time continuum. BTTF2 isn’t the instalment where Marty learns this, but it is obvious to us. In it’s ‘wisdom’, this Hollywood blockbuster is encouraging us to accept who we are, and not let others opinions about us, sway us into over-thinking things and letting our emotions get carried away.
Perhaps these sub-textual messages are intentionally in this film, or maybe it’s just my personal opinion, nevertheless BTTF2 does contain nuggets of wisdom, while at the same time taking us on a ride through time. What do you think?
With a single nomination for Best Visual Effects at the Oscars, BTTF2 did not have the same ‘wow’ factor as the original did, to the Academy, anyway. BTTF2 lost that Oscar win to no other than James Cameron’s, The Abyss. There are still technical elements of BTTF2 that make it innovative. Firstly the Jaws shark that pops out of the advert for Jaws 19 in 2015 is one of the earlier examples of CGI in film. Additionally BTTF2 makes use of the first Vistaglide motion control camera system, which enabled more freedom in filming scenes that included up to three different versions of Marty. In Marty’s future home, we see Older Marty, Marty Junior and Marlene, all played by Michael J. Fox, impressive.
BTTF2 provided great moments of nostalgia, especially in the overlapping timelines of 1955, it makes you appreciate the events of BTTF more, while at the same time setting up the story to continue on part 3. I love the ending to this film, it ties up the almost confusing story, so well, whilst leaving you wanting more. BTTF2 is a worthy successor, wise or not, it’s entertaining for all the right reasons!
TRIVIA COOKIES: The hoverboad sequences look so realistic because, the hoverboard was actually attached to Marty’s shoes, and harnesses would hold him up off the ground. Robert Zemeckis jokingly stated that hoverboards were real, and that they weren’t available to the public because parents had complained and were unhappy with the safety concerns associated with a hoverboard. Some people actually believed Zemeckis and Mattel (the toy company) was inundated with calls of people wanting a hoverboard. I want a hoverboard…
This still from BTTF2 is a treasure trove of easter eggs! Check it out:
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