Back to the Future 2

The 6th Day

As you already know, 2015 is the year that Doc and Marty traveled to in Back to the Future Part II. You know this because it’s a great movie, you love rehydrated pizza, and because the internet will not let you forget it. The constant renewal, not just of the movie, but of the technology from its version of the future is understandable. Retro-futurism is fun, and it plays to a harmless brand of narcissism. It’s us they’re talking about. We get to marvel at how wrong they were, how goofy their predictions. As a comedy, BTTFII fits that bill completely. Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale weren’t doing serious prognostication — they were trying to make an audience in 1989 laugh, which is why most of their vision for 2015 is of 1989 on growth hormones. The color-burst clothing, the 19th incarnation of Jaws, Marty getting fired by, not one, but by every fax machine in the house. There’s a sense of familiarity there in the far-flung future (fax machines! What is this, Japan?!). It’s a type of future meant to comment on the present — in this case, the 1980s — so you get cosmetic changes like power laces, big ideas applied to commercial uses like the hoverboard, and the rare element like wearable tech that hits the mark. Still, the ultimate gag here is that BTTFII‘s 2015 looks like a Looney Tunes cartoon. Not every past vision for 2015 is the same. There aren’t a lot of movies set in […]

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Back to the Future 2

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Michael J. Fox Back to the Future 2 Aging

You never know what you’ll stumble upon out there in the internet when you’re searching for news about the 25th Anniversary of the Back to the Future Trilogy which hits Blu-ray shelves on October 26th. Today, the stumbling involved this clever gem that shows the discrepancy between how Back to the Future II showed Marty McFly at age 49 and what Michael J. Fox actually looks like at age 47. Plus, take a look at how bad they got Elisabeth Shue. Poor, Jennifer McFly.

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