Here are some thoughts on our beloved Back to the Future franchise from GameOctane authors.
Jason “Klutzleo” Germino
Well looky what we have here….
I made it…we made it. It is October 21st, 2015. Today is the day, the day Marty and Doc went to the future.
The future is here. The future with flying cars, hoverboards, automated cafe’s, massive TV’s, video chat, and glasses that make phone calls. Ok so we may be missing a few badass objects *cough* HOVERBOARDS*cough cough*, but the truth stays the same…the future we all grew up waiting for (expecting) is here.
Now going back *hah* to the younger Jason, full of curiosity and imagination, Back to the Future is a milestone in my life. To me, these are the greatest movies of all time. They are the epitome of cinematography, with amazing unforgettable characters, imagination provoking technology, intense suspense, hilarious scenes, and a journey that has (and will) withstand the test of time (literally).
The idea of a teenager becoming friends with a “crazy wild-eyed scientist” was always intriguing to me. They aren’t related but they have an unbreakable bond throughout the movies and always looking out for each other, especially with the role reversal in the third movie where Marty has to look out for Doc and Doc is the one falling in love. I would have loved to seen a little more back story, but I am in no way complaining.
Many people rank the three in the trilogy so many different ways. Some hating the third one, some hate the second one…To me each one of these movies are perfect. I love the charm and style each one had. Each one was different yet similar and played off of each other which makes it so fun to watch and see the effects in changing the past does to the present. Everyone has (probably) seen the Twin Pines Mall change to the Lone Pine Mall after Marty runs one of the pines over in going back to 1955 in the first movie. You’ve also probably have seen in the third movie that the Clayton Ravine gets changed to Eastwood Ravine. Or the bulletproof “vest” the actual Clint Eastwood uses in the second is the way they survive in the third. You get the idea, it’s these little details that makes this movie fun to watch over and over because you may have missed it the first, or hundredth time.
The characters are amazing. Many movies today you can imagine certain actors and actresses being swapped and still being a good movie. I can’t imagine that for Back to the Future. There’s no way. There is no other Emmett Brown besides Christopher Lloyd. There is no other Marty McFly than Michael J. Fox. I can’t leave out Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson, or James Tolkan. What makes it even more amazing, these actors/actress played multiple roles throughout the trilogy!! One of my favorite “alternate” character scene has to be in the third movie when Lea and Michael play Marty’s Irish ancestors. That was extremely fun to watch, and they did an amazing job!
We can’t forget about the music. God the music, Alan Silvestri did an amazing job in making this journey so epic with his score. It’s so memorable from the classic back to the future horns, to the little jingle when the date shows on the screen. Everything is perfect. Adding all of the little sound effects, the time circuits, the noise the door makes when opening, the crackle of the DeLorean reaching 88 MPH. All of these are forever implanted in your head. You don’t even have to be watching the movie to know exactly what is happening just by listening. Adding “new” music with the likes of Michael Jackson and Huey Lewis and the News makes this grand adventure feel more realistic because it helps balance the time frame of the movie. Also…who hasn’t had “Back in Time” as your alarm clock? If you haven’t stop reading and make it happen, you’ll thank me.
But what makes this movie so memorable, and loved by not only myself but millions of fans spanning generations? Yes everything I have mentioned above but add two more very important men with an inspiring vision; Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale. I don’t think anyone else could have done the job they have with this story. They brought everything together and made it the most memorable franchises in the world. My hat is off to you both. I can honestly say, this movie has made me into the man I am today. Cliche? Most definitely, but the amount of time I spent watching these movies at the age I was molded my imagination that anything is possible and the future is never certain. One theme that I never caught in the movie when I was younger but it shines through today, even though I loved the song, is the power of love. Love of either family or friends is a power that is so strong that it can compete with time. Huey Lewis nailed it with that song.
You don’t need money, don’t take fame
Don’t need no credit card to ride this train
It’s strong and it’s sudden and it’s cruel sometimes
But it might just save your life
That’s the power of love
I mean seriously? This song was written for the movie and it’s amazing. It deserves more credit than it gets. The lyrics are powerful and full of meaning and I have been listening to it on repeat all day. I promise that isn’t a normal thing.
Back to the Future was a family affair for me. My brother and I watched it, my dad and mom watched it with us as well. We used to, wait used to? Nay always still quote the movie. I remember driving through the foothills with my father and the dirt road disappeared. Me barely knowing how to drive I looked at my dad and nervously said, “I can’t see the road any more..” My dad replied, “Where we’re going we don’t need roads.” I remember having the largest shit-eating grin as we continued driving. Luckily for me my wife loves the movies as well. As a present she bought me a little flux capacitor that plugs into your cigarette lighter in your car from Think Geek, you mave have seen it, the flux capacitor..well fluxes. As soon as we got on the freeway I started flooring it. She looked at me with a ‘what the hell are you doing’ look. Of course I’ve been prepared my whole life with a response, “If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour, you’re gonna see some serious shit.” Needless to say I forgot to turn the time circuits on and we never went back, but I sure felt like a badass.
Now as a new father I can’t wait to show my son these movies. I want him to feel the excitement and have his little imagination explode with possibilities. I want him to know how strong love is and that his future isn’t written, it’s in his hands. I want him to know that it’s ok to have fear and to be considered a ‘chicken’. Even if he only receives half of the joy and the emotions I have for this trilogy he’s going to be alright.
I can’t say enough about how much I love this trilogy and I know I am not doing it justice. If I could thank every single person that had something to do with it personally I would. With that, THANK YOU. I hope that feel your hard work has paid off and this mini geek celebration brings you joy. Will there be another Back to the Future? No. I sure hope our generation can create such an adventure for the next generation because damn, we are spoiled.
It is with a heavy heart that just like as we were younger your birthday comes and goes, but there will always be another birthday next year. There will never be another October 21st, 2015. On the 22nd…it will be in the past.
Ryan “@bigdaddyteach” Welch
By now, we have all had moments of wonder when we think of the Back to the Future series. I spent countless hours wondering if these amazing things can actually become reality. Will we see flying cars and hoverboards? When can I expect Jaws 19 to come to theaters? Can the poor Cubbies actually win the World Series? Even though our reality is much different than the vision that was presented on screen (unless the Cubs actually pull of a miracle), I am forever grateful for the dreams and joy that this movie brought to me
Despite all the imagery, we cannot forget the other aspects that make this an incredible franchise. What would this movie be without our hero’s journey and conflict? Marty McFly’s journey still resonates in my mind. We follow a young man who is thrown into an impossible situation – save your family in an unknown time without causing drastic changes to the space/time continuum. We experience his fear, his mistakes, and ultimately, his triumph against impossible odds. I don’t want a perfect protagonist. I want someone that I can relate to. I want to see consequences for mistakes and the path to overcoming mistakes. In a way, the future with rich Biff made a greater impact on me than any scene with a hoverboard. Marty’s selfish moment changed his family and society for the worse. Hard to believe that a sci-fi movie could make such a profound social statement. Any movie franchise that can influence life outside the movie theater will always have a special place in the hearts of movie fans everywhere.
Thank you for taking the time in reading this. I sincerely hope you are planning on making a day to re-visit the movies if you already haven’t. If you have any Back to the Future awesomeness please share in the comments below, we want to hear them.
“Maybe we will cross paths again in the future….”
“Or in the past…”