Like many other “Back to the Future” fans I feverish this day for years opposed: October 21, 2015. It is the date on which Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox, 54) in the second part of the cult film (which plays in 1985) lands in California – in the future!
Marty could not believe what he saw in this future world : flying cars, seelfdrying clothes, robots that take dogs for a walk – and of course Hoverboards!
The floating skateboard was the dream of my youth – and this dream is now within reach. Since 2014, several manufacturers have released prototypes, for normal people, unfortunately not for sale. Not yet…
But “Back to the Future” was cult not only for the Hoverboard. Director Robert Zemeckis (63, “Forrest Gump”, “The Walk”) and his team were ahead of their time, they had visions and their minds were playful. They created three wonderful parts of this franchise that millions of fans across five continents and three decades have been entertainment by. What a performance!
But why do I love this triologie that much?
First, they are great comedies. They are constant funny scenes, humorous sayings (“Lou! Bring me a milk. Chocolate.”) Or even a silly facial expression that makes me smile. Doc Browns (Christopher Lloyd, 76) frightened look when his toy DeLorean catches fire, is still uproariously funny!
Movies that do not just look for the first laugh have just done something right. At the same time, each episode is exciting, with well thought out action scenes and outrageous acts. All this topped with a dash of science fiction and fantastic actors – for me among the best movie trilogies ever!
Marty McFly is the perfect character, with which I can identify myself as a spectator. He has goals (his band), has failed to comply with rules (hold while skateboarding on cars that are driving) and understands many things not which are explained him by his mentor Doc Brown.
The chemistry between Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox is great in every scene. We never learn about their past, but it makes you belivethat they know well and trust each other.
Even after the hundrets time watching the films I notice small funny details that show the attention to detail of the screenwriters Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale. Keyword: “Twin Pines / Lone Pine Mall”. Or that Elijah Wood is seen in one of his first acting performances in the second part (as a young boy at the slot machines at the diner).
The films are wonderfully quotable, from “88 miles per hour” on “1.21 gigawatts !?” to “Hey McFly!” And “No one calls me a chicken!” it offers quotes that still stick.
Biff Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson, 56) is a great villain. In any age, in any timeline – he is always stupid and evil. He annoys small children, proposes classmates and is mean to his mother. The perfect antagonist who understands in the second part, that he can use the time machine to give himself an advantage.
The DeLorean is just one of the iconic objects from the film series, along with Hoverboards and the Flux Capacitor – Men dreams came true!
Not to mention, the small gag on where the cousin of Chuck Berry wants to inspire him over the phone with the song that later he writes together with Johnnie Johnsen.
I could go on endlessly and gush about this cinematic masterpiece, but on this anniversary i am going to enjoy the three parts again and look forward to the documentary “Back in Time“, which will be released on November 3rd.
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