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Back to the Future Trilogy-DVD set Review (ethelsmith)

By Edited Sep 21, 2016 2 2

Trilogy-Back to the Future

Pros

Excellent characters, cast and plot.

Great value as the trilogy is actually four discs.

Good fun

Family Entertainment

Cons

A little dated these days.

Full Review

It is hard to do Steven Spielberg's trilogy justice in mere words. However I shall try.

These films which date back to 1985, were so much of the day. The series begins with Back To The Future, which sets the scene for the films that followed.

There are no spoilers in this review.

BACK TO THE FUTURE

Marty McFly, played by Michael J Fox in his heyday, is still at high school in America. His best friend is the local ageing and eccentric scientist, come loveable nutcase, Doc.

Doc has been experimenting with time travel using an adapted De Lorean car. De Lorean cars were the ultimate in modern travel back in the 80's, but all too soon died a death. After money troubles I think the manufacturer disappeared from the motor industry and the cars became history.

After a series of events Marty ends up back in 1955, in his hometown with his parents, to name but few. His parents are young at Marty's age back in his real time. His presence looks set to destroy any romance which may have ensued between his parents and in so doing, jeopardises many things, including his birth and very existence . This film has Marty trying to put things right whilst eventually getting back to his reality in 1985.

This film is clever, funny and great entertainment. It is possibly past it's sell by date now, but only just and I have seen it millions of times, or so it seems. For the new viewer Back to the Future should still have plenty of appeal as it has almost become a classic.

Among the stars there is a cameo performance of Huey Lewis, and music by Huey Lewis and the News. You will probably have to be over thirty to have heard of them though.

BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II

Back to the Future II seemed to be a long time coming, after the first film. Four years in all. It had much the same cast and the same magic. This time though, after Marty has finally got home from his first adventure in time, he is off again but to the future to sort out his children. These children are those of his future marriage to his childhood sweetheart. This time we are in 2015.

The plot has enough clever twists to have more than just a comedy appeal. It is intriguing trying to see where the plot is leading you. We see a future where all has not gone well for the adult Marty and his family.

Throughout these films there is a family acquaintance who plays a big part in their lives, Biff. He was the school bully of the 1950's.

Here the De Lorean, in common with traffic of the day, flies. Skateboards have become Hover boards and there have been many changes. Marty has a few things to put right before he can return to 1985.

BACK TO THE FUTURE PART III

Finally Back to The Future III concludes the series. Doc Emmett Brown is stuck in time where the second film left him. This time we share the pairs exploits back in the wild west. When we first watched Back To The Fuuture Part Two at the cinema and we saw clips of this final film, and we just could not wait to see it. Suffice to say a year later, when this film was released, we were somewhat disappointed. As usual with follow ups it did not live up to the hype. It fits fairly well with the other two films but is, to my mind, the weakest of the three.

The plot is as amusing and intriguing as ever but it just seems to fall a little short. Whether this is because this winning combination had already had its day or the plot was a little more predictable than the other films, I don't know. However, we have still watched it a few times and still watch part I and II back to back, occasionally.

They are the sort of films that you can still laugh at after seeing a fair few times. Be it Einstein, Doc's shaggy dog with it's automatic feeding contraption, the characters or strange little happenings, you can still spot something new after you have seen the films before.

All three films are good all round family entertainment and as such I cannot find anything offensive or even slightly scary for youngsters. We bought the trilogy for £9.99 at Zavvi within the last year. You can watch any as a stand alone film but I think it is best if you watch them in order the first time around.

There is another disc included which includes various extras.

These films are directed by Robert Zemeckis, produced by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale.

The cast includes:-

Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, Marty McFly Jr.(son of Marty, Marlene McFly(daughter of Marty), and Seamus McFly (great-great-grandfather of Marty). It took me a while to spot that Michael J Fox was playing the daughter, as well as others.

Christopher Lloyd as Dr. Emmett Brown

Thomas F. Wilson as Biff Tannen, Griff Tannen (grandson of Biff) and Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen(great-grandfather of Biff). The additional characters are from the second and third films.

Lea Thompson as Lorraine Baines (McFly/Tannen- in both cases Marty's Mum) and Maggie McFly (Seamus' wife, Marty's great-great-grandmother)

James Tolkan as Mr. Strickland and Chief Marshal James Strickland (grandfather)

Claudia Wells and Elisabeth Shue as Jennifer Parker (McFly), Marty's sweetheart.

Crispin Glover and Jeffrey Weissman as George McFly, Marty's Dad.

Mary Steenburgen as Clara Clayton in Back to the Future Part Three. She plays Doc's love interest.

In Closing

RECOMMENDATION

These three films are exceptionally entertaining, with great performances from all. The theme of time travel which runs through them all is confusing but is portrayed in such a way that it is believable, plausible and almost understandable, but not quite.

If you enjoy sci-fi films that do not take themselves too seriously and have plenty of humour the the Back to the Future saga may be for you.

Recommended viewing with a 10/10.

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Comments

Dec 27, 2009 12:44pm
infodog
BACK TO THE FUTURE - one of my favorite childhood movies... :)
Dec 27, 2009 6:44pm
Ernie
I hate sci-fi flicks but I love Back to The future!
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