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Back to the Future Part II

This is the best time travelling movie sequel of all time. Marty and Doc pick up right where the first movie ended, rushing to the future with Jennifer in tow to prevent a catastrophe from happening. They end up in Hill Valley in 2015 (30 years from 1985, as opposed to 30 years in the past), and Marty sees what his life with Jennifer becomes (hint: less than ideal).

They prevent one disaster involving Marty’s son, but Future Biff causes a different disaster that changes history and creates a hellish, alternate 1985. The only solution to fixing the present because of something that happened in the future is to go back to the past, and that’s exactly what they do.  Doc and Marty go back to 1955 again, and they revisit the events of the first movie, but just from a different point of view. The two Martys and the two Docs must not cross each other’s paths or it could destroy the universe. It was and still is very surreal and ahead of its time. What a great and novel concept: in a sequel to a movie about time travel, they not only go to the future, but they also go back to the first movie and play with concepts like alternate timelines and the tricky nature of the implications of time travel. We see four different versions of Hill Valley: 1985, 2015, Alternate 1985 and 1955. Each timeline effects the citizens and buildings of Hill Valley in different ways.

The future scenes are great. Hoverboards. Enough said. But there are also references to Slamball (which later became an awesome sport) and a baseball team in Miami. I know that the world won’t end in 2012 because Marty McFly went to 2015.

This is a fun movie, and a smart movie. It is one of the few sequels that lives up to its previous installment. The Back to the Future trilogy is a great trilogy and this is a great second act. The first and third movies are period pieces, commenting on a modern person living in 1955 and 1885, but this movie plays with the concept of time travel and it’s ramifications. In a trilogy that pretends to be about time travel, this is the only one that is really about time travel.

Critically Rated at 15/17

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