Robert Zemeckis’ “Back to the Future” movies are basically THE classic Time Traveling thrillers. And with the recent Blu-Ray release of the 25th Anniversary Collection, I just had to do a tributary review.
Back to the Future – Part I
Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is a teenage boy living in Hill Valley in 1985. He is close friends with a genius inventor, Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), who creates a time machine in the form of a DeLorean car. However, when something goes terribly wrong, Marty ends up trapped in 1955. If that seems bad, Marty also accidentally stops his parents from meeting, and his own mother falls for HIM!
The film is an intriguing idea, and there is no sex or violence here, big whoop! The worst part of this movie is the swearing, really, and come on… The thing parents can’t seem to wrap around their heads is that a little swearing never hurt anyone…
Back to the Future – Part II
Marty travels to the future to fix a problem with his kids, but while they’re there, someone else uses the time machine, screwing up the past. Now, Marty must fix the problem before it’s too late!
The first film mainly just told a story, explaining the details, and didn’t leave you thinking too hard about paradoxes. This sequel brought that into play, and STILL didn’t leave the viewers thinking too hard. Now that’s hard to pull off, and since the movies follow two separate themes, they’re equally fine in my eyes.
Back to the Future – Part III
Continuing from a cliffhanger in Part 2, Marty ends up chasing after Doc into 1885, the Wild Western Era. Marty now must protect the Doc and himself from a ruthless killer and figure out a way back to get back to 1985!
Next to the other films, this one didn’t thrill me as much. I mean, the other films carried interesting perspectives, and this one was really more “Marty and Doc Travel to a Random Time Period”. Still, the series needed a conclusion, and the characters also were developed pretty well in this one.
Age Recommendation: 8+. The movies really aren’t that bad.
Final Verdict: This would be a perfect 10, but the concluding film brings it to 9/10.
By the way, did you know that Telltale Games, Inc. is making a BTTF game? It takes place after Part III, so the series isn’t over yet…