Back to the Future II (1989)
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Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale
Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson, Harry Waters Jr., Charles Fleischer, Joe Flaherty, Elisabeth Shue, James Tolkan, Casey Siemaszko, Jeffrey Weissman, Flea, Billy Zane, J.J. Cohen, Darlene Vogel, Jason Scott Lee, Crispin Glover, Ricky Dean Logan, George Buck Flower
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|Movie Review by Tim |
May 21st, 2007
The 'Sports Almanac'. Son of a b*tch stole my idea
Besides MatchFlick columnists Jeff Winston.....I believe myself to be about the biggest Back to the Future freak that lives on planet Earth. I have seen the 3 films probably 100 times each and never get tired of watching them. I am watching part one right now as I type!
Back to the Future 2 is my favorite out of the series. I think part one is just as good as part 2 but I just like how Marty travels to the past, present and future in part 2. For a 1989 film this movie was way above its time. Its special effects still hold up to today's standards and that is pretty remarkable.
The futuristic Hill Valley was well done, after spending the first film in 1955 I thought it was great that they took Marty into the future to see his future self, wife and even his unborn kids. Then you go back into the first film right back to 1955 where they spent grueling hours and funds recreating props and sets so that it would match perfectly.
All of the original cast was back for this one except for wacky Crispin Glover which wanted to much money and Elizabeth Shue replaced Claudia Wells as she was sick at the time and could not commit to the project. Since Crispin Glover did not return as George McFly they pretty much wrote the character out only showing him in a few scenes. Glover later sued and won a lawsuit against the film for using photos of him without his permission.
Even thought BTTF part 1 leaves you thinking there is going to be a sequel, they didn't plan to make one. Several adaptations had to be made to continue Marty on his journey from where the first film left off.
Back to the Future 2 also has one of the most sought after FAKE toys to this day........Mattel said they received thousands of letters after this film was released wondering when the famous "hoverboard" was going to be available to the public. The hoverboard is a skateboard without wheels that hovers over the ground.
Besides Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd which are wonderful I think that Thomas F. Wilson as Biff is a great performance (in all 3 pictures.) Wilson never really got his big break and will always be remembered as Biff no matter what he ever does. I still have a hard time believing that Flea from the Red Hott Chili Peppers had the privilege of being in this film, and he wasn't THAT BAD!
So the neat part is, the original script for part 2 and 3 was one movie that they ended up turning into 2 separate pictures. Which worked out great for people like me that wanted to see 4 hours more of Marty's adventures rather then 2.
People always talk about the greatest films of all time, such as The Wizard of Oz, Gone With the Wind, etc........For the time period in which the BTTF films were made I would say that they are some of the greatest films of all time!
Be honest if any of the Back to the Future films are EVER on TV.....can you make yourself change the channel???? I cant and probably never will be able to.
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