Back to the Future Part II (1989) – Encore Review 3


“[arriving in 1955] Oh, this is heavy, Doc. I mean, it’s like I was just here yesterday.” – Marty McFly

“You were here yesterday, Marty.” – Doc

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater in ’89, cable, video, DVD, 11 Jun 2013, 13 Nov 2014, 21 Oct 2015 and 20 Feb 2020)

Link to original reviewHere, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – Marty and Doc travel to the future to stop a catastrophe from happening yet inadvertently set off a chain of events that could possibly destroy the time/space continuum.

My Take on it – This was a film that was highly anticipated when it was announce because it would continue the story of the original film and allow us to see down which path these characters would be heading.

They found a way to take the original story and expand on it in directions that one would never expect and this enhances things so much along the way.

The story does a wonderful job thrusting these characters into various time periods and dimensions that are able to show the vast potential of such a story line.

The film works so well largely due to the superb chemistry between the two leads – Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox.

Their repoire throughout the entire trilogy helps endear these characters to us while a the same time creating iconic characters for us to savor for all time.

The musical score by Alan Silvestri adds so much to the intensity of things and helps the story move along at a great pace.

The movie is able to utilize some unique special effect techniques that enhance the story (especially those parts in the future) and helps make this all look and feel so realistic.

This is probably the very first film (and possibly only one) that is able to show characters seeing themselves in situations and scenarios that they were n during a different movie.

The continuity of things in this movie are so much fun to watch because they needed to be extra careful here to try and make sure it all flows properly yet also matches up with the acting from the previous film.

Love the way that this is one of the few films that tries to show and predict an optimistic future.

Yes, we now know that they got a lot wring, but that is still part of the fun because we get to see what they thought would be and know how much of it was right or wrong while still giving us all so much hope for the future.

The film also has a groundbreaking idea that had them film both this film and the next sequel back to back.

This also gave them the ability to actually show the trailer for the next installment right at the end of this one.

This idea has been done numerous times ever since, but this still remains one of the very first, if not THE very first film series to do so.

Bottom Line – Excellent sequel that is able to take the original story and expand on things so well. Love the way that the characters are thrust into numerous time periods and dimensions which adds so much to the enjoyment of this film. Lloyd and Fox once again show how great their chemistry is which allows for things to flow so well. The music by Silvestri is superb and helps things move along at a great pace. Amazing special effects help enhance the story and makes things look and feel so plausible. This is one of the few films that depict an optimistic future and despite them getting a lot wrong in retrospect, it still allowed for so much hope for the future. Love the groundbreaking idea of filming two films back to back and the ability to even show a preview of the next film. Highly Recommend!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Crispin Glover sued the filmmakers, as he had not granted permission to use his likeness in Part II. Crispin’s suit named John Doe 1-100 as defendants, where he did not have to name all of the individuals he was suing. Crispin ended up dropping the lawsuit after the case was settled out of court for $765,000 by Universal’s insurance company, who decided it would be cheaper to pay Crispin than to go to trial. The Screen Actors Guild subsequently introduced new rules about illicit use of actors. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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