Back to the Future Part II (1989) – Encore Review

 bttf2“I foresee two possibilities. One, coming face to face with herself 30 years older would put her into shock and she’d simply pass out. Or two, the encounter could create a time paradox, the results of which could cause a chain reaction that would unravel the very fabric of the space time continuum, and destroy the entire universe! Granted, that’s a worse case scenario. The destruction might in fact be very localized, limited to merely our own galaxy. ” – Doc

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater in ’89, cable, video, DVD, 11 Jun 2013 and 13 Nov 2014)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Marty and Doc travel to the future to correct a potential disaster in Marty’s future life.

spoiler alertMy Take on it – This was a movie that I recall waiting to see for 4 years eventhough the idea of a sequel was originally just a joke.

When it came out, I remember rushing to the theater with friends to see how the story would continue and I can say without a doubt that both then and now, I am extremely satisfied with the results.

The way that the future is presented is one of rare times in movie-making history  where the future isn’t shown as being bleak, but actually shown with much optimism.

Since we are now less than a year from the target year of 2015 which was visited in this sequel, it’s interesting how much the imagination of this film’s writers have influenced technological advancements.

I actually saw a news segment two weeks ago that discussed how many of the futuristic “products” are close to really being marketed in real world.  Power laces and the hoverboard have been worked on for years solely based on the fact that they appear in this movie due to special effects.  It looks like they really might e available by the time Marty and Doc arrive next October.

Power Laces Clip


A Real Hoverboard


A Nike commercial about power laces


The other two time periods visited also are done amazingly.  The idea of a “dark” present 1985 and a “duplicate” 1955 which has the characters run thru scenes from the original movie was just genius to accomplish.

Even the ending was done epicly; the choice to make it a cliffhanger and give us a preview of the next installment was amazing.  I can’t recall any other movies from that timeframe that did such a thing.  Obviously, it’s common now a days, but this movie inspired that idea.

Each of the time periods visited have their faults too, but once again, no one cares because the movie is just put together so well and they have a hellava time making fun of themselves along the way.

I actually think this movie is better than I thought the last time I saw this and have even upgraded my rating. (I actually can’t explain the lower rating back them, because this is just great!)

Bottom Line – Excellent sequel which is slightly uneven but all 3 “time periods’ visited have much more merits than not.  One of the best “cliffhanger” movies ever made. Highly Recommended!

Rating – Oscar Worthy (upgrade from original review)


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10 thoughts on “Back to the Future Part II (1989) – Encore Review

  1. I love reading the ‘my take’ bit and just hearing it about you and what it meant to you watching it etc. That’s really nice 🙂

    I’ve never watched any of the sequels…maybe I should! I was born the year the first movie came out, so when I watched it, that was a classic of course but the sequels never seemed so important.


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