Marty McFly and Doc Brown are back, but this time not only do they need to travel to 2015 to protect Marty’s future, they must also go back to 1955 to make sure Marty’s present isn’t ruined forever.
The future is now. Four years in the future to be exact. The longest four years in a movie fans life. The ‘Back to the Future’ series is finally (as promised in the last film) CONTINUED… The whole gang is back (with the exceptions of Crispin Glover and Claudia Wells) and ready for another amazing time travel adventure.
The sequel begins with a very familiar scene. Marty (a still young-looking Michael J. Fox) lifts the garage door to find his brand new 1985 Toyota 4x4 truck (well, new at the time), and is reunited with his love, Jennifer Parker (this time replaced by the equally beautiful Elisabeth Shue). However, before the two lovebirds even have time to share a kiss, the famous Delorean time vehicle crashes into the McFly driveway. Doc Brown (the amazing Christopher Lloyd) is back again with some startling news… Marty and Jennifer must travel to the future with him to protect their children’s future! Again we are treated to the Delorean’s new modifications as the tires now fold up and the car rises up and crashes towards the screen with a thunderous roar as it is thrust into the future, the year 2015 to be exact.
As the viewer is propelled into the clouds with the Delorean (stock footage from Clint Eastwood’s Film ‘Firefox’), we see the words we waited to see since 1985…
The movie portrays the year 2015 as a much happier and cleaner future than the usual apocalyptic movies of the 80’s such as ‘Escape from New York’ or ‘The Road Warrior’. It is a future filled with flying cars, hoverboards and retro 80’s cafés. Marty’s “mission” in the future is to prevent his son from being sent to prison for helping Griff (Biff’s future grandson) rob the Hill Valley Payroll Substation, and in turn stopping his daughter from getting arrested for breaking her brother out of jail. Following a very familiar chase sequence with Griff, Marty makes the mistake of buying a 2015 sports almanac, which is stolen by future Biff who then steals the Delorean and goes back in time to 1955. When he arrives he hands the almanac to his teenage self, enabling him to gamble and predict the future, resulting in Biff becoming an instant millionaire. Marty’s mission grows when he too has to return to 1955 to stop Biff by destroying the book before it’s too late; without running into their past selves and causing a time paradox.
Michael J. Fox is back as Marty McFly who maintains a youthful appearance despite the fact sequel is supposed to be 4-5 years after the first movie. This time Fox not only plays Marty (both young and old), but also plays his own son and daughter by use of technology called the VistaGlide camera control system. The VistaGlide allowed Fox and other actors to play multiple characters in a single scene with a computer controlling the various camera movements. This technology was created specifically by ILM (Industrial Light & Magic) for both Back to the Future II & III.
Christopher Lloyd returns as Dr. Emmett Brown who is once again on a mission to save Marty’s future. In the sequel Doc explains his youthful appearance (in the future) to Marty by having his own brand of plastic surgery at a local rejuvenation clinic. By including this explanation in the movie, it made it easier for actor Christopher Lloyd who avoided having to endure hours of extensive “old man” make-up every day.
The third main character to come back was the villain of the story, Biff Tannen, played by Thomas F. Wilson. Not only did he play Biff as a teenager, a Trump-like tyrant and an old man, but he also played Biff’s crazy bionically enhanced grandson, Griff in the future.
The supporting cast consisted of Lea Thompson, again playing Marty’s mother Lorraine and Elisabeth Shue as Marty’s love interest, Jennifer. This time around both women play much lesser roles than in the previous film. Marty’s father George McFly is partially portrayed by Jeffrey Weissman. Crispin Glover played George in the last film, but due to contract disputes, decided to not return. Glover later sued the film for reusing some footage of him from the previous film without his consent. To hide the fact that the role was being played by another actor in the new scenes, most of Weissman’s footage consisted of him being upside down in an “Orthlev” harness in 2015, while his other scenes were shot as cutaways or from the back of his head. Another cast member to note was Elijah Wood in his first screen role as “Video Game Boy #1”. A disappointing part of the film for me was the music. Alan Silvestri returned to score the film, but most of it just seemed like leftovers from the first film. The only other music in the film was Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” and Sammy Hagar’s “I Can’t Drive 55”. Neither track really lives up to songs like “Power of Love” from the original film and only serve as scene filler.
As with the first ‘Back to the Future’ film, the sequel is very enjoyable. The film showed a vision of the future that was fun and had technology that we could only dream of at the time. But no matter what, there was no way it could have lived up to the classic, original film. Though it only really serves as a middle part in a trilogy and is basically just a cliffhanger for the next film, ‘Back to the Future’ is one damn entertaining sequel.
TO BE CONCLUDED…