Trilogy Time: Back to the Future


  • Hello everybody!
  • Today is awesome for 2 reasons:
    • Reason 1: I get to talk about three of my favorite movies.
    • Reason 2: It’s Back to the Future Day!
  • Back to the Future Day, as I’m calling it, is October 21st 2015, the day on which Marty McFly arrived in 2015 in Back to the Future Part 2.
    • My local theater is playing all three back-to-back-to-back tonight and I’m looking forward to seeing that!
  • In honor of Back to the Future Day, instead of reviewing Back to the Future Part 2, or the original, or trying to review both, I thought it would be cooler if I did a mini-review for each in the trilogy.
  • That way, I can talk about what makes each one work, talk about each one’s cultural significance, and not feel like it’s too short or vague of a post!
  • So without any further ado, let’s get started with one of the Best Movie Trilogies Ever Made!

Back to the Future (1985)

  • Back to the Future is currently the 8th film on my Top 10 Favorite Films of All Time List.
  • I grew up watching this movie. I actually grew up watching all three of them, but one of my earliest movie memories was being like 5 or 6 and seeing the clock tower scene at the end of it.
  • Back to the Future is MAGIC to say the least.
  • Some people complain that Back to the Future has gotten too much popularity online nowadays, but that’s only because of how great it is.
  • It’s great in a filmmaking sense, but it’s also great in retrospect because (frankly put) we don’t see movies like this getting made in Hollywood anymore.
  • This movie was an original property that just worked, and that was due mostly to the script.
  • Back to the Future manages all these different genres in the most seamless way.
    • It’s comedy, it’s sci-fi, it’s adventure, it’s everything!
  • The dialogue keeps the movie completely entertaining the entire way through, there’s not a single dull moment. Even when Doc and Marty are just talking. The two are such engaging characters with such great chemistry that you never feel bored for a single second.
  • That’s GREAT writing!
  • But the genius combination of genres in the writing isn’t the only thing to praise because Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd really committed to these characters.
  • Doc Brown could have been this creepy weirdo and Marty McFly could have been a generic teenager, but each of them has their quirks and their eccentricities that make them memorable and more likable.
  • Doc, especially.
  • By the end of the first movie, you have no idea if you’ve seen more of Marty’s movie or Doc’s because Doc is the one with all the emotional heavy lifting in the last third of the movie.
  • He packs that emotional punch and makes you both sad and happy at the same time.
  • It’s so hard to explain what I really mean by that…
  • Back to the Future is an awesome adventure through 1955 (and kinda in 1985?), it’s fun, it’s engaging, it’s hilarious.
  • It’s executed well, it’s performed well, it’s original in all the best ways.
  • It makes you FEEL throughout. You feel happy for Marty, sad for his parents, angry at Biff, and more all throughout just this one movie.
  • It’s simply one of the greatest movies ever made, and is a necessity for any movie fan that hasn’t seen it yet.

Back to the Future Part II (1989)

  • Back to the Future is one of my favorite films of all time.
  • But I’m one of these freaks who LOVES Back to the Future Part II.
  • In Back to the Future Part II, Marty and Doc go to the future, October 21st, 2015 (oh hey, that’s today!), to stop a catastrophe with Marty’s kids.
  • And this sequel has a REALLY sweet painting of the future.
  • The future looks so cool, and so futuristic in Back to the Future Part II that it’s gonna be kind of depressing thinking that October 21st, 2015 is almost gonna be the past……
  • But moving past that!
  • Back to the Future Part II isn’t AS consistently entertaining as Back to the Future was, but it keeps the characters as awesome and entertaining as ever.
  • Doc and Marty’s chemistry stays strong, and all the other characters make this thing ‘fly’ too.
  • In particular: Biff.
  • This is the best Back to the Future movie for Biff.
    • And he was AWESOME in the first one.
  • He just has so much to do! Past, present, future, and everything in between!
  • I loved the way that Part II was a longer adventure through time too, including the future, an alternate present, the past, and even more.
  • Seeing the different effects of time travel are awesome and I loved that this movie talks about them.
  • Part II might have my favorite single joke from any Back to the Future movie too, and it isn’t even a line.
  • And sorry if you haven’t seen it, cuz it’s about to be ruined.
  • Every time I see it, I always DIE laughing when they get to 1955, and Doc just says, “wear something inconspicuous!”
  • Then Marty just slides into the next frame with a trench coat, black sunglasses, mobster hat, and red t-shirt on.


  • So guys, Back to the Future was awesome and in my personal opinion Back to the Future Part II is awesome too.
  • It isn’t as great as the first one, obviously, but it has a lot of great gags, it keeps the characters fresh, it adds more to the story, making it bigger and better without getting too big for its own good.
  • It’s own of my favorite sequels, and it created the day that fans of the franchise have been waiting for! (Even me, the youngster!)

Back to the Future Part III (1990)

  • I still really like Back to the Future Part III.
  • I’ll admit: it’s the one I watch the least of the three because it isn’t AS good, but it still is very decent.
  • The good thing is that Part III keeps the action you love, the humor you love, and the genre-blending you love. This one even adds a new genre: western.
  • That western aspect was a cool angle, but it kinda takes away the fun aspects of characters like Biff, George and Lorraine McFly, Jennifer, and a lot of the other aspects that the past two movies were setting up.
    • And I’m sorry, but Mad Dog is no Biff.
  • I did enjoy parts of the romance that they threw in there, because Doc is a great character and it’s great to see him happy.
  • Clara Clayton was a cool character that we got to know a decent amount about, she was pretty decently developed.
  • I guess I wish that the love story was in the forefront a little too much and almost shrouded the movie we were here to see: the adventures of Doc and Marty.
  • The Marty and his Mom relationship from the first movie was great, but it was the secondary relationship in the movie.
  • I liked seeing Doc and Clara together, I just felt like it took away a bit from other parts of the movie.
  • Other than that, I felt like this was the most contained of the movies.
  • There’s very little interaction with any characters not in 1885, which almost negates the previous two movies.
  • I thought it was a neat adventure with a lot of fun, but you feel like they were building to this awesome finale where the Old West would be PART of it, but then the second half of Part III would be centered around the present day.


  • Back to the Future Part III may sound like it has a lot wrong with it, but it truthfully is a really fun and very well done movie.
  • It caps off the trilogy well, but is just slightly underwhelming after how awesome the first two were.
  • It’s definitely worth checking out though and is a fun adventure with these really sweet characters

In Conclusion

  • In Conclusion guys, Back to the Future is one of my favorite movie trilogies of all time.
  • It also the trilogy that I can say I have the most nostalgia for, almost at the same level of Star Wars.
  • I didn’t see these movies in the theater, but I grew up watching them, and they’re three of the movies that launched my passion for movies.
  • And I can’t wait to see them on the big screen tonight!!


So guys, those are my thoughts on each of the Back to the Future movies! Who’s your favorite Back to the Future character, and which of the movies if your favorite? Let me know in the comments down below, and as always, thanks for reading guys.

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