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Back To The Future Trilogy Review

This trilogy review was picked by my followers and I would like to thank you for picking a good trilogy of films. Not too surprising that this trilogy won and let’s face it who doesn’t love Back To The Future? It was easily one of the best trilogies ever made. All three of these films are filed with fun and adventure and I am happy to be reviewing them. I will also be having another poll to decide what horror series I should review for Halloween.  Not to be pushy but I would like more than 20 votes on this one, plenty of options.

Back To The Future (1985)

Contemporary high schooler Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) doesn’t have the most pleasant of lives. Browbeaten by his principal at school, Marty must also endure the acrimonious relationship between his nerdy father (Crispin Glover) and his lovely mother (Lea Thompson), who in turn suffer the bullying of middle-aged jerk Biff (Thomas F. Wilson), Marty’s dad’s supervisor. The one balm in Marty’s life is his friendship with eccentric scientist Doc (Christopher Lloyd), who at present is working on a time machine. Accidentally zapped back into the 1950s, Marty inadvertently interferes with the budding romance of his now-teenaged parents. Our hero must now reunite his parents-to-be, lest he cease to exist in the 1980s. It won’t be easy, especially with the loutish Biff, now also a teenager, complicating matters. Beyond its dazzling special effects, the best element of Back to the Future is the performance of Michael J. Fox, who finds himself in the quagmire of surviving the white-bread 1950s with a hip 1980s mindset. Back to the Future cemented the box-office bankability of both Fox and the film’s director, Robert Zemeckis, who went on to helm two equally exhilarating sequels.

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Story: 90%       Acting: 90%      Visuals: 95%      Dialogue: 100%

Fun and Adventure: 100%      Style/Sound: 100%      Characters: 100%

Total: 96%

The story of the first film is fantastic and really fun, from the concept to the adventure that ensues. The main character Marty is played wonderfully by Micheal J. Fox where he brings this energy to the part that very few people could pull off in a film like this and we are lucky he was cast. All that said I am a Doc fan, just something about this crazy old guy who manages to create a time machine in his garage is fantastic. Christopher Lloyd you play a white haired crazy scientist too well and it worries me. Great now on to the story of the first one, it played out fluently and had a clear plan for making sequels which was clever but I also liked the hysterical situations that appeared between Marty’s mum and him (eww but haha). The best thing about this film is the way it finds ways of connecting to the audience even though it’s a really out there story. My favourite scene would have to be Any of Docs isane ramblings and over expressions in his face are easily my favourite bits. “Who do you think!? The Libyans!” or “There’s that word again. ‘Heavy’. Is there something wrong in the future with the earth’s gravitational pull?”

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Back to the Future Part II (1989)

With Marty McFly’s parents back together and back in his own time of 1985. He thought that his ordeal of time traveling was over. What he does not know is that it was just the beginning. As Dr. Emmett L Brown says that he has to come to the future with him. Marty and his girlfriend Jennifer come with Doc to the year 2015 where his future family is about to enter turmoil when Marty’s son Marty Jr. is about to be in a robbery, Marty and Doc formulate a plan to prevent the robbery from taking place, as they succeed in their mission Marty buys a book called “Grey’s Sports Almanac” which is a futuristic sports statistics book. When Doc throws it away, former school bully named Biff Tannen picks it up and discovers about Doc’s time machine. Biff then steals the time machine. When he brings it back and Doc and Marty with his girlfriend Jennifer go back to 1985, things were not right. Then both Marty and Doc realize that Biff altered time, Biff is rich, and married to Marty’s mother Lorainne. The only way to prevent this from happening, Marty and Doc have to go to 1955, to steal the Almanac from Biff.

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Story: 90%       Acting: 90%      Visuals: 90%      Dialogue: 100%

Fun and Adventure: 95%      Style/Sound: 85%      Characters: 90%

Total: 91%

What can I say? The second film has a hover board. The plot of this one does introduce us to the future which let’s face it is all we nerds need in a time travel film, got to love peoples concepts of the future. But it does raise some questions, like where is my hover board and flying cars? Seriously where are they?! The main two characters Doc and Marty do just as good in this film as the first, which isn’t surprising as they were film at the same time or just after within a year of each other. I really liked that they did the film so close to each other so that the time travel ‘logic’ didn’t get messed up and that they kept 1985 as the present even though the second film came out four years later. This film isn’t quite as good as the first but it’s still a very good sequel which made you want to watch more. My favourite scene would have to be Micheal J.Fox playing young Marty, Marty Jr, Marty’s Daughter and old Marty. Always makes me laugh watching him try each of those roles within a single scene.

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Back to the Future Part III (1990)

The final installment in the Back to the Future trilogy picks up where the second film left off, but it casts off the dizzying time travel of the first two films for mostly routine comedy set in the Old West. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) receives a 70-year-old letter from his inventor friend, Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), who tells Marty that he has retreated a century in time to live out a relatively quiet life in the Old West. Doc Brown reveals that he hid his DeLorean car/time machine in an abandoned mine outside town, and when Marty does some research and discovers that the Doc died shortly after writing the letter, he decides to find the car, travel back in time, and warn the Doc about his demise. Meanwhile, the Doc, who has fallen in love with a local woman (Mary Steenburgen), realizes he can’t hide in the past from the problems he has caused to the time flow in the previous two adventures. He reluctantly decides to return to the present with Marty, but first, they have to find a way to get the DeLorean up to time-travel velocity with a broken fuel line and no gasoline.

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Story: 95%       Acting: 100%      Visuals: 95%      Dialogue: 100%

Fun and Adventure: 95%      Style/Sound: 100%      Characters: 90%

Total: 96%

The story of the last film actually goes a little more serious at times and shows a little more character than the second film, but still keeps its sense of fun and adventure. Love them going really far back to the Wild West because it makes their knowledge even more extraordinary and their ability to screw up history far more important. Not sure if I really like this because it is a back to the future film, set in the Wild West or just a brilliant film but I really find it fun to watch. The main improvement made on the second film is how simple this films plot was; made for easy watching which isn’t easy with an action sci fi comedy (Most directors can’t do one of those Genres). Lastly I think this film finishes the trilogy on a high which I really appreciate, only wish more films could do that they did with the Future Trilogy. My favourite scene would have to be When Marty Says “Great Scott!” then Doc Says “I know its heavy”. That line reversal was great for the last film of the trilogy. Oh and Marty using an iron plate on his chest at the dual like Clint Eastwood.

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54 responses to “Back To The Future Trilogy Review”

  1. mistylayne says :

    Yay, used to love these movies!

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  2. David Budo says :

    Great review! I like you scoring system too.

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  3. Ripley Connor says :

    Gee I wonder which series I picked???? Alien of course!

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  4. wordschat says :

    Christopher Lloyd often overshadows Michael J Fox and is so totally out to space out there. Fox does hold his own particuarily when he does the Johnny B Good jam session and when his future mother calls him Calvin becuase of his underwear. Fox has a likeability that continues today.

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    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      Gotta love Christopher Lloyd and Micheal.J Fox 😀

      Haha Calvin Klein was fantastic 😀

      Oh and what did you vote for Halloween?

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      • wordschat says :

        scream. The last which brings it full circle was the best. I may have reviewed it.

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        • Tim The Film Guy says :

          Interesting choice. I haven’t reviewed them yet so that will be on my list to review around nowish o even if it doesn’t win you’ll get my review 😀

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          • wordschat says :

            It’s funny how the 2nd last Scream was supposed to be the last but I guess they were screaming for for money out of the franchise and made a better ending or could we say a good start with another cast ….

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  5. flickswithmaddog says :

    Back to the Future is timeless!

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  6. ruth says :

    This is one franchise I’m just ok about. I enjoyed the first movie but I don’t think I’ve seen the other two. It doesn’t have the same effect on me as other trilogies like Indiana Jones or LOTR. It’s cool that you and others love it though 🙂

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  7. ckckred says :

    Nice review. My favorite out of the three is the original, which always is a lot of fun to watch.

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  8. atothewr says :

    Nice post. A great trilogy indeed.

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  9. Novroz says :

    Great post, Tim!!
    I agree to all you have said. This is one of my favorite trilogy ever!

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  10. Morgan R. Lewis says :

    Love this series, even if I do think the second one suffers a bit from being so obviously a bridge between the first and third.

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  11. le0pard13 says :

    I love this trilogy. As Brian said, if I had only one to watch for the rest of the my life, this would be it. I’ve owned the VHS, DVD, and now the BD set of it. Fine review, Tim. Thanks for this.

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  12. Brian says :

    If I could only watch one movie trilogy for the rest of my life, it would be Back to the Future, even over Star Wars or Indiana Jones. Remember the “futuristic” sunglasses they sold at Pizza Hut when Part II came out? I was obsessed with those.

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    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      Wow, we have a big fan over here then. I am a little too young for the original releases but I loved it when I got shown on tv. 😀

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      • Brian says :

        If I see one of the three in the channel guide I always tune in, much to the chagrin of my wife.

        By the way, I don’t think flying cars have been invented because there would be numerous catastrophic accidents. A little fender bender could send you crashing into the ground. I think I’d rather have the magnetic levitation system from Minority Report.

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  13. John DuMond says :

    “But it does raise some questions, like where is my hover board and flying cars? Seriously where are they?!”

    Hey, it’s only 2012, yet. Be patient! They’ll be out any day now. Probably in time for the Christmas shopping season. 😉

    Nice review, Tim. I’m a huge BTTF fan. Saw all three of them in the theater and I have the special edition DVDs. And now I’m thinking it’s time to watch the complete trilogy again.

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  14. Nostra says :

    Nice reviews of one of the best trilogies out there. The kids were old enough to watch it last year and they were crazy for it. Nice reviews. Haven’t voted on your new poll because I don’t know much about horror movies.

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    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      Just pick which ever film you would like me to review for halloween, glad your kids liked the film. A childhood without watching Back to the Future is hollow haha 😀

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      • Nostra says :

        I just went with Alien since I’ve seen three of those.

        Recently the Lamb had a poll for best trilogies and was shocked that BTTF wasn’t on it. Ended up not voting 🙂

        Yeah, this trilogy really should be part of everyone’s childhood 😉

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