For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Time Travel Movies, here’s a review of Back to the Future Part II (1989) by TOC of That Other Critic
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Abbi of Abbiosbiston.com We will be reviewing our favorite Alternate Love Story movies. In order to get a better idea as to what this genre might include, check out this post by Abbi from last year. Please get me your submissions by the 25th of November by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org Try to think out of the box! Great choice Abbi!
Let’s see what TOC thought of this movie:
Back to the Future Part II (1989)
I believe, deep in my heart, that there is a rhyme and a reason behind most every pop culture phenomenon. Why did Bond, James Bond become so popular? Because no one had seen anything quite like it before. Why are superhero movies popular? Because audiences have grown tired of ordinary action movies. Why does everyone hate Nickelback? Because Nickelback really, really sucks. Why is/was Twilight/Justin Bieber/Fifty Shades of Grey/Michael Bay movies so popular? Because they do a great job of pandering to their audiences. And so on, and so forth. So why is it that this, a just over 25-year old film, a film that is, in almost all ways, inferior to its predecessor and the precursor for an iffy close to a trilogy that really has few unique merits outside its first film, remembered so fondly, why is it that this specific film, and rather, a specific section of this film remembered and anticipated so as we near that date (or perhaps already passed it, I’m not sure when this will get posted)? I believe that we can attempt to answer that question today.
If Back to the Future Part II were released solely on its own, judged only on what it has to offer, that it would still be received positively, though maybe not quite so positively as it is remembered now. Its madcap humor and fantastic chemistry between Fox and Lloyd remains, though the writing isn’t nearly so strong, and the situations not quite so enrapturing, despite an oddball energy infecting the whole thing. The callbacks to the original are fun, though sometimes distracting, but I cannot honestly say that I have any sort of problem with the 3D-style sunglasses worn by one of evil 2015 Biff’s henchman.
The optimistic future in the original timeline’s charm is hard to resist, with the hoverboards and self-lacing Nikes still out of reach. Okay, yeah, hoverboards exist, but does Mattel manufacture one? I didn’t think so.
Though I rarely, if ever, feel the desire to pop this one in for a watch, it still makes for an entertaining Sunday afternoon film, light, breezy, and fun, though it pales in comparison to the original. Plus, cliffhangers really, really suck. Don’t make me watch Back to the Future Part III. One time was enough.
Rating – Globe worthy