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Back to the Future Part II (1989)

  Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Written by: Bob Gale, Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Elisabeth Shue, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson
Links: Back to the Future Part II on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD, Buy the Soundtrack
Genre: Comedy

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

Back to the Future Part II (1989) is also mentioned in pearly's review of Back to the Future Part III (1990).

"New concepts pave the way for more fun" - a review by pearly

It's correct behaviour to be suspect of a sequel. Have the people involved with the first one just gotten too money-hungry, and are therefore willing to produce something second-rate that will just serve to add to their bank accounts, but not make a worthy contribution to the franchise?

Luckily, with Back to the Future Part II, the news is good. The film adds a new dimension to the time travelling idea, and it could be accurately stated that it is a superior film to the first because of it; at the very least, it is on par.

In the first Back to the Future (1985), McFly and The Doc headed back in time, and ended up returning to better lives than the ones they had left. In this installment, they head to the future to stop the lives of Marty's future kids from becoming nightmares. The problems begin when an elderly version of bad-guy Biff (Thomas F. Wilson) discovers the existence of the delorean, and heads back in time to give himself a copy of a sports statistics book, thereby ensuring that he will end up rich from gambling.

When Marty and The Doc discover this, they have to head back in time too, and stop Biff from using the book. And this is where the cleverness of this film begins. The new element of Back to the Future Part II, and the thing which made the sequel worth making, is the interesting situations that the multiple threads of time travel into the one point in time create. The film weaves together the new story in amongst the story that was told in the first film, with Marty nearly bumping into himself from the first film. The whole thing becomes quite complex, but it makes for enthralling viewing. As I said, these concepts are a definite plus, and a great reason to consider making the sequel.

Another bonus is that almost all of the original cast members are back in the same roles for this film. This is might important: just think of what happened when Michael J. Fox's other big film from the 80s, Teen Wolf (1985), was remade without him. Teen Wolf Too (1987) was even worse than the original Teen Wolf. Anyway, the one person who didn't reprise his role in this and Back to the Future Part III (1990) is Crispin Glover. Apparently, he didn't think they'd want to make it without him, so he requested a ridiculous amount of money, but the joke was on him, because they just re-jigged the script and wrote him out of it. The resulting script is actually probably more interesting than it would have been had Glover been in the film, so I guess this just proves that all things happen for a reason.

pearly gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 1 Jul 2004

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