5TIL: The Back to the Future Trilogy
5 THINGS I LIKED ABOUT THE BACK TO THE FUTURE TRILOGY
To distract me from all the chaos and weirdness that is going on in the world of Rick and Morty, I decided to revisit something a little more safe, comfortable, and oh-so-nostalgic by watching Back to the Future. Upon mentioning this idea, I quickly learned that my dear, sheltered husband had never seen any of the Back to the Future films, so all plans were canceled and a trilogy binge commenced.
For a moment, I really forgot how good these movies are, and just why they’ve always had such a cult following despite my husband’s misfortune of never having seen them. Now that I’ve been thoroughly refreshed and he’s been thoroughly briefed, here’s 5 things I (we!) liked about the Back to the Future Trilogy!
* SPOILER ALERT *
01: I GUESS YOU GUYS AREN’T READY FOR THAT YET. BUT YOUR KIDS ARE GONNA LOVE IT.
Marty McFly after playing Johnny B. Goode at the dance in 1955
When I sent my husband a text message while writing this to ask what his favorite part of the trilogy was or what he liked the most about it, his exact response was “idk! I love movies that are completely out of it’s realm. Like, it’s not like every movie”, which is true. (Granted, he followed that text by saying “idk I don’t tear apart movies like you or some others I know,” which is also true.)
Its one of a kind plot, hilariously predictable character developments (and deviations), and perfect blend of nostalgia and progression makes this trilogy out of its league and ahead of its time. Even thirty years later, the films offer fun surprises around every corner and hint of suspense that sets them apart from today’s and yesterday’s films alike.
02: ROADS? WHERE WE’RE GOING, WE DON’T NEED ROADS.
Dr. Emmett Brown to Marty McFly
While the trilogy gives a detailed look at 1985, 1955, and even 1885 – years and time frames that I personally had not existed in – it also gives an optimistic, expectant look at 2015 – a year that, like, just happened.
While some behaviors, trends, and technological advancements were right on the money (or pretty darn close), some others were either too far ahead or just too far off all together (looking at you, Jaws 19). It’s interesting to see what was originally expected of ideas like voice chats, hover boards, and compact faxes, and how those designs were eventually executed in real life.
03: IF YOU’RE GONNA BUILD A TIME MACHINE INTO A CAR, WHY NOT DO IT WITH SOME STYLE?
Dr. Emmett Brown to Marty McFly
Speaking of trends. . . those outfits, though!
From Marty’s red swoosh Nikes and denim-on-denim (give me all the denim, please) in the first film to his self-adjusting and self-drying jacket in the second, there are so many pieces in this trilogy that I’d love to have and wear at least once (even the poncho from the third film looks cool and comfortable in the right circumstance).
Beyond just the clothes, the styles that some of these characters possess are the ultimate ideals for their time- like Biff’s Super De Luxe, or Jennifer’s gravity-defying hair- and have me dying to find an antique store full of 80s goods like the one Marty came across.
04: YOU KNOW, MARTY, YOU LOOK SO FAMILIAR TO ME. DO I KNOW YOUR MOTHER?
Young Lorraine’s mother to Marty McFly
And speaking of characters. . . one of my favorite parts of this trilogy is the wild yet predictable changes each character experiences as a result of the slightest changes in their histories.
Mr. McFly goes from bullied to boss after young George musters up the courage to punch Biff back in ‘55. Or Biff, for example, who went back from 2015 to bring the almanac to himself in 1955, continuing then to create an empire that not only changed his life and his character, but altered the entire reality of 1985 for Marty, his parents, and everyone else.
Whether Marty pushed his dad out of the way of a car in the past or made a seemingly harmless purchase in the future, minor actions that Marty took paved the way for a whole series of major changes that he had to scramble to correct, but also gave us a chance to truly see the best, the baddest, and the ugliest versions of our favorite characters at some point or another.
05: MARTY, I DIDN’T INVENT THE TIME MACHINE FOR FINANCIAL GAIN!
Dr. Emmett Brown to Marty McFly, regarding the almanac
Dr. Emmett Brown. That’s it, to put it simply (and last, but furthest from the least). Doc is my favorite part of the whole franchise.
He’s so incredibly passionate about his work and inventions (and not for the money), he cares deeply about the people around him, and he’s as crazy and as kind as I hope to be in my old age, no matter what my future holds.
HONORABLE MENTION: All that product placement.
While it seems to have been a controversy then and a common topic of discussion now, it’s no secret that Back to the Future was crammed with product placement, waaay more than we usually see in any film. But, it’s the placement of these totally familiar products and brands (both then and now, as a majority of them still exist) that makes all the fun, exciting, interesting details of each era feel that much more real (and makes us more hopeful. . . hydrated pizza, anyone?)
Is one of these 5 things your favorite? Did you like something else that I failed to mention? Any other thoughts? Let me know! (click here)
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