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Genre: Action & Adventure / Theatrical Release: 1989 / Parental Guidance / Director: Robert Zemeckis / Actors: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson ... / DVD released 2005-12-26 at Universal Pictures UK / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, PAL

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      29.01.2013 14:11
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      back to the future a second time

      -------------- Cast ----------- Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, Marty McFly Jr. and Marlene McFly Christopher Lloyd as Dr. Emmett Brown Thomas F. Wilson as Biff Tannen and Griff Tannen Lea Thompson as Lorraine Baines McFly Elisabeth Shue as Jennifer Parker James Tolkan as Mr. Strickland Jeffrey Weissman as George McFly Flea as Needles Crispin Glover as George McFly (archive footage) ------------------ Plot & Thoughts --------- Back To The Future is back with it's second instalment and this time Marty takes a trip into 2015. The plot starts right where the first instalment left off. Doc comes back in the time machine a whisks Jennifer and Marty of in the time machine saying they need to go to the future to sort out his kids. Immedietly as the movie starts it put me right back into the Back To The Future mode because the movie has the very same atmosphere as the original which I thought was superb because that is sometimes what squeals lack. The original cast reprise their roles so yes there is even more Michael J Fox to enjoy. Marty realises when he goes to 2015 that his son will be arrested for a crime that Griff (Biff Tannen from the first movies son) pin him up to. In the future of 2015 it's like a blast from the past and his kids and friends and characters from the first movies kids act and look just they way they did. Marty sorts out his son and manages to stop him from being arrested but in an attempt to make his life back in 1985 more exciting he buys a sports results book from 1950-2000 in which he attempts to take back to 1985 with him. When he goes back to 1985 he realises that something has gone terribly wrong and his knew family consists of Biff and his mother Lorraine. When Doc catches him at the grave yard they he explains to him just how and what has happened. When he tells Marty that Biff took the book and made bets to gain his fortune and married his mother it's up to him to go back in time and stop it all from happening. The task proves harder than he thought when he goes back to 1955 and has to avoid his other self which is back in 1955 from the 1st movie. The plot itself is very good and carries on straight where it left of which is good. I like that the plot has no missing pieces because when I think about the plot it's very complicated going from 1985 to 2015 then back to a new 1985 then back to the first movie 1955 and not forget anything which would throw off the whole plot. I liked when Marty went to 2015 because it's weird what they actually showed in what now is just two years away. One thing I found funny was Jaws 19 was being released in the cinema which is funny because back when jaws was first released there used to be one every couple of years so I understand why they thought it would be a 19 by two years time.It's funny that the last one came out around the same time as this film and didn't actually continue. I also thought is was amazing how they knew TV would be massive by this time, bosses could speak to you over a screen rather than calling you and Michael Jackson's music would still be legendary. It's quite funny that they thought cars would fly by now I thought that was a good touch although I doubt that would happen in just two years. In the 2015 period where Marty travelled was really amazing how much imagination was put into what this that time period it was quite funny to watch. Michael J Fox actual plays his future daughter which I thought was so funny although it was just a short part of the film. I did feel as though when he did go to 2015 it felt like the 80s with futuristic things placed in it because they still dressed pretty much like 80s people. I think with Back To The Future two it would have been really hard to even try a top the first plot because of how brilliant it was but I felt like the second film was a brilliant film but I felt like there a lot more action and just wasn't enough comedy and charm as the first movie. Compared to the first film it is a lot more fast pace because very little time is spent in each time period and they are all over the place unlike just steady in 1955 in the original film. I did like the pace of the film and it brought something different from the first film by doing a lot more time travelling. -------------------------Overall------------------------- I think overall the movie was good and a decent sequel to the original Back To The Future. The acting is superb just like in the first movie which makes this second movie just as lovable in terms of the characters. The DVD is available to buy on Amazon new and used from 49p and worth every penny.

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        22.12.2011 15:20
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        Ho hum sequel

        Although 1985's Back to the Future had not been conceived as a series or a trilogy the unexpected success of the film (and the tantalising coda) meant that sequels would inevitably arrive in the end sooner or later. They were eventually shot back to back Matrix style and released in 1989 and 1990. Neither managed to generate the charm and wonder of the first film although the third one came slightly closer as far as charm goes. There are a number of problems with Back to the Future Part II for me. It's too dark, too convoluted and doesn't have Crispin Glover as George McFly. It suffers from sequelitis and disappears up its own time paradox somewhere along the line. The eccentric Glover in particular is a great loss to the film. He felt his proposed fee for the sequel was an insult and (seeing himself as an indie culty type of actor) had recoiled somewhat at the surprising success of the first film. Glover was going to get less money than the other major cast members for the sequel and it was unfair really after his performance in the first film. Back to the Future Part II went ahead without him and the wonderful George McFly character was unavoidably and sadly written out and reduced to a mere cameo (Jeffrey Weissman appears very briefly as George and is made to look like Glover with prosthetics). A great shame. The coda to the first film had Doc Brown arriving back in Marty's street in his Delorean (crackles and sparks, dustbins clanging etc) wearing metallic sunglasses and a big luminous yellow shirt that made him look like a psychedelic Dr Who played by Timmy Mallet. They were of course clothes from the future. He's returned to fetch Marty and Jennifer to sort out a problem with their (as yet unborn) children. This is merely a flimsy McGuffin though to set what is a remarkably intricate and complicated series of events into action. The coda of the first film is actually re-shot in exact fashion and given to us again because Elisabeth Shue has replaced Claudia Wells (Wells had a sick mother and dropped out) as Jennifer. Shue looks absolutely nothing like Wells and is saddled with a very unconvincing brown ginger wig. The role of Jennifer is expanded here so that perhaps explains why Shue (who was already fairly well established at the time) got the part over a complete unknown who might have resembled Wells more convincingly. After shenanigans in the far off future of 2015 (wow, 2015, none of us will ever live to see that year), the elderly Biff Tannen (Thomas F Wilson again) sneaks back to 1955 after temporarily half-inching the Delorean and gives his younger self a sports almanac with the winners in every race or game until the end of the century. It turns out Biff had secretly witnessed Doc returning to fetch Marty in 1985 at the end of the last film and so knew there was something mighty pesky and strange about that car. When Marty and Doc return to 1985 they find a Dystopian rubble strewn garish and vulgar Hill Valley run by Biff - who has of course become incredibly rich after winning all those bets. Hill Valley is now nicknamed "Hell Valley" and looks like something out of Robocop with graffiti daubed walls and biker gangs. Biff, who lobbied to make gambling legal, presides over this hell hole in a giant casino named Biffico that used to be the courthouse and has forced Lorraine (Lea Thompson again) to marry him, murdered George and had Doc Brown put in the funny farm. Anyway, Marty and Doc must somehow repair the timeline and restore Hill Valley to its sunny Spielbergian self. A place where you can skateboard behind cars listening to Huey Lewis and the News on your Walkman and get a wave from everyone at the aerobics class as you whizz past. Despite the immense technical ingenuity on show, Back to the Future Part II is ultimately a joyless experience. The film traverses from 1985 to 2015 to 1985 to 1955 (!) and the time travel ramifications become confusing in the end. There are more special effects (especially of course in the 2015 section) and more action sequences than the other two but in the end all you want is a little bit of the charm of the first film and after a while you realise you aren't going to get it. You have to credit the writers for trying to do something different but the film seems remarkably mean spirited and sombre for Back to the Future - especially in the alternate 1985 scenes. Time has perhaps been kinder to the film as it soon became apparent that it is merely a bridge between the beginning and the end. Parts two and three are in a sense one giant film. As a stand alone picture though I can't say I find Back to the Future Part II particularly satisfying (even as a bridge) or an awful lot of fun. Even the 2015 sections - despite the impressive design and spangled technological depiction - are sort of depressing. The older Marty is a complete failure after a car accident ruined his dreams of becoming a rock star. All is resolved in Part III but this is still a downer anyway even if we know it isn't the end of the story. There is undoubtedly some clever stuff though. One of the best scenes in the film has Marty wandering around the Hill Valley of 2015 - spooked by a holographic shark image for new "holofilm" Jaws 19. "Shark still looks fake." It's a nice joke as Back to the Future producer Spielberg directed Jaws but had nothing to do with the mediocre line of sequels. 2015 is enjoyably Jetsons although Zemekis and Gale knew they were on a hiding to nothing trying to predict what it would be like 30 years in the future. I've just looked out of the window myself and I can't see any flying cars or hover boards. I suppose they got the head scrambling explosion of television channels, nostalgia for old computer games, ubiquitous advertising and instant communication correct. The flying cars are very Blade Runner. The Fifth Element was clearly inspired by the Back to the Future Part II conceit of traffic jams in the sky. Like many eighties Hollywood films, Back to the Future Part II also depicts a future United States dominated by the creeping economic tentacles of Japan. Doh! It's China not Japan you have to worry about. One thing you do notice if you watch these films together is how Christopher Lloyd seems to have slightly forgotten how to play Doc Brown here. He's a bit off at times, too shouty eccentric and not quite got the right balance. Right. Doc Brown. Where was I? I'm supposed to be mad right? Michael J Fox slips back in the role of Marty comfortably enough and it helps that he still looks the same. He must have been about 30 by now but can still pass as a teenager. With no Crispin Glover, there is an expanded role for Wilson as Biff and although he's good it's not really proper compensation. It's like a supporting character has been thrust centre stage to plug a gap. When the film moves to 1955 and Marty attempts to prise the sports book from Biff the film becomes tedious at times and - worse - has Marty surreptitiously interacting with events from the first film. Computer-controlled camera work known as VistaGlide allows characters played by the same actor to appear seamlessly onscreen at the same time. Clever, but the scenes at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance merely remind us how wonderful the first film was and how this is a very faint echo. The original plan was for Marty and Doc to go back to 1967 to retrieve the almanac amidst lava lamps and hippies and the general brick a brac of that period. It might have been a better idea I think. It's easier to be more forgiving to Back to the Future Part II in hindsight as the set-up to a resolution of the trilogy but this is a disappointing sequel that ultimately is just a bit too clever and dark for its own good.

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          12.02.2010 12:18
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          A great sequel that's better than the original

          Back to the Future part 2 starts off with a furious pace with a recap of the original film's ending and then proceeds into the second film, with the characters blasting to the future - the year 2015! This time, Doc and Marty have to stop Marty's future son from going to jail by refusing to do a robbery with the Griff clan. However, while there, Marty picks up a copy of a book called Sports Almanac which contains results of every bet of the previous century and he plans to use it for financial gain. However, the book lands in the wrong hands of Biff Tannen..... This is a spectacular sequel to the original with even better special effects than the first film and things are generally much wider in scale. Doc and Marty really get to work together this time around and it's fun watching the two character's blasting through times together, solving different problems, where as, in the original, it was really Marty on his own little adventure. The fictional world of 2015 (I really doubt we will have flying cars in 5 years time) is great even if totally unbelievable at at this point, since we are approaching that year quite soon. This fictional world has flying cars, holograms that morph out of cinema's (a joke to Jaws here), waitresses are replaced with moving tv screen's that take your orders in restaurants, people wear clothing that actually rather resemble something to the 80's with a lot of punk style clothing and entry into homes are done by finger print key pads. There are other things that also create this wonderful world where crime is nearly abolished. It's a stark contrast to the very bleak 1985 that Biff eventually creates. The DeLorean is even more incredible this time with it's flying capabilities and you would be hard pressed to tell it is a special effect. This is one of them rare sequels that is better than the original, at least for me. I have always regarded Back to the Future Part 2 as my favourite of the three movies and it is a fun adventure film. There are more interesting character's here than the first film, which is helped by blasting through different future's. The score is, again, epic. Being that this film is much more bigger in magnitude than the original, the score really suits the movie. Performances from Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd are even better than the original and they really have settled into their character's at this point. If you have seen the original then this is a must! Pure and simple!

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          29.01.2010 00:31
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          Overall a good movie comedy adventure

          After the huge success of the first Back to the Future movie this sequel was released with Michael J Fox back as Marty McFly in a new time travelling adventure. Having watched both the first two films recently I couldn't decide which was the best. I think the first one was but this isn't far away in the enjoyment sense. The movie starts right where the last one finished. Marty McFly played by Michael J Fox returns to 1985 after saving his parent's marriage in 1955. As his girlfriend turns up Doc Brown played again by Christopher Lloyd turns up in a newly adapted and re-designed time machine. Marty is confused until the Doc explains that his kids are off the rails and in danger in the future. Therefore, the three of them get in and prepare to travel to the future, this time 2015. His new time machine now doesn't need to reach a speed of 88 miles per hour as it can fly. However, there is a catch, and they are seen as they hover and take off. Biff Tannen played by Thomas F Wilson witnessed the whole conversation and everything else. He is the persistent bully from the first movie who bullied Marty's dad in 1955 and until Marty changed the future was a constant bully to him in present day. Once they arrive in 2015 Doc tells Marty he doesn't have much time and his son is in danger. Marty has to stop his son Marty Junior, also played by Michael J Fox being bullied into committing robbery with Griff who is Biff's grandson. The only way he can do this is to impersonate his son so that's what he does. He manages successfully to stop his son going to jail so his work is seemingly done. However, that would be a short story and there is of course a twist. Marty has purchased a Sports Almanac book that he intends to take back with him to 1985 for the sole purpose of placing a few bets because he will know the results in the future. Of course, this contravines everything that going back to the future stands for as the Doc points out, as you can't meddle or interfere with what's going on and alter things. They throw the book in a nearby trash can and are about to leave. But before they do the police come to examine Jennifer who was put to sleep while this is going on and left in an alley. Of course, they discover they think she is the Jennfier of 2015 by her thumb print and take her back to her house in the future. And so they have to make it to the house to prevent the future Jennifer seeing this Jennifer from 1985. Lost me yet!? They manage to rescue Jennifer and return to 1985. But it's once they are back that the story really unfolds. On returning things have changed and his house is gone and the town is full of gangs and drugs. Marty finds out that Biff has married his mother and killed his father. He had stolen the time machine and taken the sports almanac back to 1955 where he had given it to himself. He had used it to become wealthy, thus altering the time line again! I found this movie just as funny as the first one, although I had to concentrate as things do get more complicated and it's not as simple. Things change all the time with the time line and result in hilarious consequences. Michael J Fox puts in another solid perfomance as Marty. I found this one really interesting and loved the idea of the sports betting book. Who wouldn't dream of doing just that and knowing football results for example. Imagining you knew the exact result of a football match next week and could put all the money you own on it. You would be rich beyond your wildest dreams. As sequels go this was a very good one and continued the story nicely and ready for the third part. Not quite as good as the original but not far off.

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            15.12.2009 16:52
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            Sequel to Back To The Future

            This fun and quirky sequel to the 80s classic Back To The Future gives us more of the same style of sci-fi adventure from Robert Zemeckis that the first film featured. Michael J Fox returns as the teenager Marty McFly, whos friendship with the eccentric Doc Brown results in more time travelling. The first film featured Marty and Doc as they travelled back in time and had to rescue Marty's parents' relationship to prevent Marty from never having existed at all. Now, the problem is in the future. The pair of them hop in Doc's suped up Delorean car and pelt into the future to do something about Marty's kids. The only problem is that they haven't kept things secret enough, and someone else has decided that they, too, want to change the course of history. On their return to the present, Marty and Doc discover that by trying to fix the future, they have jeopardised their pesent..... The acting is as frantic and believable as before, but with a bit more comfort. The first film featured Fox showing a bit of nerves as McFly, and with Christopher Lloyd now in full flow as well, Fox lets his charisma and youthful charm hit us as viewers. He's really good at the action side of things, and really does have that American schoolboy kind of attitude about his acting. It fits his personal circumstances perfectly. Lloyd is excellent, eccentric beyond eccentric, and his acting fits beautifully with the style of the film. The comedy element mingles well with the action, and although the special effects may seem a little dated now, they're still pretty good when you consider this is a film that was made 20 years ago. As sequels go, it's pretty good. The whole exploration of the future was done in quite a good way as well, with hoverboards replacing skateboards and funky clothes and automatic methods of lighting and feeding in the home. The electronic side of things was explored pretty well, I thought. Overall, it's an entertaining film. I liked the presentation and the fact that it didn't dwell on elements too long, flicking between scenes at quite a rapid pace. This meant that my attention stayed with the film throughout, and I didn't get bored. If you're looking for an adventurous film, you need look no further. This is the second of three Back To The Future films, and while the first is always going to be the best of the three, this is still highly entertaining and one I would definitely recommend watching. Back To The Future II is currently available from amazon.co.uk for £4.98. It's a fun film. Recommended.

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              10.10.2009 00:58
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              A good sequel, but not the greatest - a good afternoon movie

              I still remember being six or seven years old, watching the first Back to the Future movie, and at the end, wishing with everything I had that they would make a sequel - just so that I could see the future that that flying DeLorean was off to. And then they made it... and I was happy. If not a little freaked out! Doc Brown came back at the end of the first movie to bring Marty to the future, telling him that there was a problem with his kids. So, Marty and his girlfriend Jennifer go with the Doc, and help Marty's son, who is being bullied by a Tannen descendant. However, while they are there, Marty notices a sports almanac in the window of a bric-a-brac store, and figures that if he takes it back to the past, he can bet on any sports event, and make billions. Doc cottons on to his idea however, and knowing how dangerous it is to mess with the time line, demands that Marty leaves the almanac in the future. Unbeknownst to them however, the elderly Biff Tannen, who used to bully Marty's father in 1955, has been watching them, and pockets the almanac. When they leave the DeLorean unattended, he steals it - going back to 1955, he gives his teenage self the almanac, thereby ensuring he will make a fortune in the future. Having protected Marty McFly Junior's future, the Doc, Marty and Jennifer return to 1985... to find it is not the same world that they left. Biff Tannen now rules the city, and after having Marty's father killed, is now married to his mother. In an effort to correct the present, Doc and Marty travel back to 1955 again, in a desperate attempt to stop Biff Tannen. What follows is a quite complex series of time travelling coincidences and knock on effects, which will have you scratching your head, but marvelling at the way they pulled it all together. The movie ends on a cliffhanger, which is resolved in Back to the Future 3. Apparently, parts two and three were filmed back to back, with many scenes from both films filmed at the same time. This is extremely beneficial in keeping the continuity up to scratch, even though the amount of travelling through time does tend to get a little confusing at times. Just like in the previous movie, the acting and humour in this movie is spot on. The future scenes are really well shot, with nice designs and special effects, but I though the scenes in the 'Biff Tannen' future, were a little too dark and unbelievable, and are therefore not my favourite parts of the film.

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                09.10.2009 23:37
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                Definitely worth a watch.

                Back to the Future Part II is an excellent follow up to the original. It was made in 1989, 4 years after the first one. It has lots of interesting concepts. Is it better than the first one? Read on... --- the BASICS --- Back to the Future Part II is a science fiction film about time travelling, starring Michael Fox and Christopher Lloyd as the 2 main lead characters and directed by Robert Zemeckis. The first film was about the invention of the time machine and Marty travelling by mistake to the year 1955 changing history. --- the PLOT --- Everything turned out well after Marty's little adventure in 1955 - his father can now stand up for himself, Biff now washes peoples cars and the McFlys are richer. Now happily in 1985 (BTTF 2 is set in 1985 despite it being made in 1989) the doc suddenly appears and said something happened to their kids in 2015 - 30 years later! The Delorean has undergone a major service and is now capable of flying, there is no need for any more plutonium as the car now runs on recycled energy from garbage. Together with Jennifer (Marty's girlfriend) they embark on another adventure, this time to the future. It turns out the problem is actually to do with Marty's son (also portrayed by Fox) and he was about to be jailed after being coerced to rob a bank! Can Marty successfully change future history and save his son from the prison? Jennifer was asking too many questions and doc was forced to induce her to sleep - leading to the police from the future to transport her to her future home - the home of the McFlys. What will happen there - will Jennifer bump into her future self? While they are at the McFlys the Delorean was stolen! What's going to happen to the past? Will Marty and doc make it back to 1985? And will everything be the same again? Enjoy the film! --- the THEORY --- (The flying car and the hoverboard) This is an interesting concept. For a car or anything for that matter to hover, there must be a way to break gravity. So either we discover some anti-gravitrons or the roads are all coated with massive magnets and the cars / boards as well and they repel each other. It's very unlikely to ever happen. A much more realistic concept would be a driverless car - shame it's not mentioned. (The future home) In many respects this is already coming true - massive TV screens with multiple channels per view, indoor cordless phones, the commonplace of microwave ovens. Some are in the process of being introduced - fingerprint door entry for example. But some will never come true - the fax machine will not be as ubiquitous as they suggest, there will probably never be ovens that enlarge the size of pizzas etc. (A rubbish powered car) Possible? Who knows. But what I definitely know is that rubbish will not produce any jigawatts of energy in many ways other than atom fission - and I really doubt a "Mr Fusion", the size of a 1.5L bottle will produce that much energy. --- what I THOUGHT --- (!!SPOILERS!!) When I was small I really liked BTTF2 - in fact I thought this was the best of the trilogy with all the nice technology and colour portrait of the future. Then as I grew I started the like the alternative, darker 1985 more before now I truly recognise the first film as probably the best of the three. However this is not to say BTTF2 is not a good film - not at all. It is good in that it "rolls" 3 hugely different timescales into one movie - starting in 2015, then moving back to 1985 and ending in 1955. It is even better in my opinion that it didn't "end" properly but instead remains unfinished so the audience had to wait for the 3rd part. --- CONCLUSION --- BTTF2 is an excellent film. It may not be as good as the second one but is still definitely up there with the best of the sci-fi films. Its portrayal of the future may not be accurate but they got most of the things - only disappointingly predicting that everyone would still use payphones which would be ubiquitous by 2015. Other than that the film poses a lot of intriguing questions about time travel (see my BTTF1 review) and seeing the 1980's believe into what the future holds is definitely entertaining.

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                16.09.2009 23:45
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                Another winner from the gang

                note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room The first Back to the Future film opened to wide acclaim and is largely considered a classic of the adventure and science fiction genres. The sequel, whilst perhaps not quite reaching those dizzying heights, is still a great film on its own merits. It continues where the original film left off, with "Doc" Emmet Brown (Christopher Lloyd) returning and declaring to Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and his girlfriend Jennifer (who has been recast as Elizabeth Shue for some reason) that they have to come with him to the future to prevent a fate where the entire McFly legacy is destroyed. If he cannot stop his son getting recruited into Griff Tannen (the grandson of Biff from the first film)'s gang, then McFly Jr. will wind up in prison and the whole McFly family will be disgraced. What makes this such a hoot is that it retains the charm that the original had - all of the principal cast members return, and this time a lot of them come back in numerous roles, as their "present" and future selves. Most notable is Biff as a whining old man, still being the same irrepressible ass that he always has been. Of course, though, as with the first film, their time travel opens up a whole other can of worms, and when they accidentally let Biff get hold of a Sports Almanac, he uses it to make a fortune in betting, and builds his own dystopian empire. It's up to them to put it right before it's too late, and not only their lives, but those of their children and grandchildren, are changed for the worse forever. A great sequel that is successful due to the chemistry between Fox and Lloyd. Fantastic.

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                  08.08.2009 13:36
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                  The weakest link of this trilogy still rocks your Dad's big pants.

                  It's clear that Back to the Future was not made with its two sequels fully-formed in Zemeckis and Spielbergs' heads. The start of Back to the Future 2 reprises the end of the first film, except Doc Brown now hesitates a lot longer before saying that Marty and Jennifer will turn out fine. This is clearly the point at which a great one-off film becomes a trilogy. From here, characters and plot twists are introduced which will lead seamlessly into the series finale, while incorporating large chunks of the original film. The stakes are raised in this second episode. From the original romantic comedy with a science-fiction spin, we now launch into a full-blown time travel epic. Timelines are tangled and paradoxes run loose as Marty struggles to save his family and his whole town from a hellish fate, while trying not to destroy the universe in the process. Marty's theme becomes the film's score, the music full-blown Indiana Jones-esque orchestrated grandeur. The action sequences are also a lot more dangerous, the sense of fun that the original gloried in has faded. Biff has changed from a bully to a psychotic madman, capable of anything. The lovable Doc Brown has undergone a complete overhaul. He is starting to live by his preaching about not changing history, scolding Marty for buying a Sports Almanac with sports results until the year 2000. Despite the fact that in the original film, he said that he intended to do just that. It's a logical development of the character and works well. What doesn't work is the way in which Marty is suddenly incapable of being accused of being a coward. Where did this come from? It's exactly the sort of trite, hackneyed 'character-by-numbers' rubbish that the original film strove so hard to avoid. Yuk, yuk, triple yuk. My major gripe with the film. Of course, a criticism of most sequels is that they tend to merely repackage the best moments from their predecessors in a greatest hits compilation of diminishing returns. Back to the Future 2 not only does this, but does so gleefully, with its tongue firmly in its cheek (naturally). Only the trappings change as Marty evades pursuers on a skateboard, again. As he makes a fool of himself in a cafe, again. As he checks newspaper articles and photos, again. But this is a fantastic approach to take. History goes in cycles, or so the theory goes, and here we see this in action. Oh, and a young Billy Zane appears in it. See if you can spot him. The same fantastic special effects zip the film along, with added split screen genius. By having much of the film run alongside events from the original, the audience gets a clear sense of a production team glorying in their own cleverness. Luckily, Spielberg and Zemeckis are just as smart as they think they are. And, just as in the original, a seemingly sewn-up plot bursts into a terrific shock ending that throws open all the options once again. Special praise must also go to the California of the future in the film's early scenes. Although we're now getting close enough to 2015 to see that the film's predictions are a little off-target, the way in which the future Hill Valley has been created as a mix of architectural styles both contemporary and futuristic avoids the cookie-cutter gleaming sci-fi megacity look that would have dated the film very quickly. It still holds up very well, just... ignore the date. Overall, this isn't as good as Back to the Future, but then Back to the Future is pretty much a defining moment for an entire generation. It does have the same high-quality acting, effects and music, and more fantastically composed tracking shots (particularly of the airborne Delorean). It's probably the weakest link of the three films (the parallel universe bit is just a little too overblown to take at all seriously), but it's still magnificent.

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                    06.08.2009 15:27
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                    Excellent sequel, well worth watching.

                    After the huge success of the first film, the second film had a lot to live up to, and it didn't fail to deliver. The second part of possibly the greatest trilogy ever made (sorry, i'm not really a big star wars/LOTR fan) continues from where the first film finished. After being dropped off at his house back in the eighties, the Doc (Christpoher Lloyd) appears in front of Marty again, but this time with some sinister news. He has to take Marty and Jennifer (Marty's girlfriend) to the future because their kids are in trouble. Marty's son gets arrested, tried and convicted within an hour of him breaking the law (the way it's done in the future), so the idea is for Marty to take his place before the event and stop it from happening. All this seems pretty easy, but yet again, as in the first film, things don't go according to plan. Marty buys a sports almanac for all the results from every football game, basketball game, horse meeting etc from the past (1950-2000) and plans to have a couple of bets when he gets home. Doc tells him this can't be done, as it would change the future, so he throws it away. But lurking in the shadows is Biff, the bully from the first film, who steals the almanac, steals the dolorean to travel back to the 50's to give to himself (but the younger him) so that he will be set up for life. When Marty and the Doc return to the 80's, they find that the whole town had changed, because Biff kept placing these bets and became a multi- millionaire. Will Marty ever put right all the wrongs? Will the past the present and the future ever be right again? Yet again, this is another brilliant film from the trilogy. The only downside i would say is that it is very similar to the first film (some of the storyline spin off's are the same) and it does become confusing at times as to why they're doing whatever they are doing. I still rate this as one of the best films of the 80's though, and another definite must see.

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                      24.07.2009 16:30
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                      Just Get the I, II and III Box-Set and Have an Afternoon of McFly Magic!

                      The Facts: Certificate - PG, Running Time - 104Minutes, Genre - Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi The Plot: Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) returns in the sequel to the blockbuster original alongside fellow main cast member Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd). In the first film Marty had to travel back in time to the 1950's to save the Doc's life! But in number 2 they both travel to 2015 to save the world again! However, ias if that wasn't complex enough, the mischievous town bad-egg (Biff) has other plans, and changes the future for financial gain with terrible consequences! My Review: If this is really what the future will be like then I can't wait! I'd not like to be working for a car manufacturer though - fancy having just 5 and a half years to make cars fly! This was a great film with an intially utopian vision of the future, but which also showed how things could turn out if greed and gluttony took priority in Hill Valley... As a sequel, this holds up very well against the original and lacks none of the pace, originality and charm of the first film. To live in the shadow of an all-time classic is hard, but this does well and contains truly unique moments which give it longevity and character of it's own. The sub-plots are a little awkward in some ways, being both complex and simple at the same time. However, if you look that deeply into this film you may be missing the point! It's a great film and a true classic.

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                      01.07.2009 02:25
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                      A satisfying sequel which is just as enjoyable as the first.

                      **This review is also on Ciao, under my username "MonsoonBaby88"** After the huge success of it's predecessor, Back To The Future part 1, the second part of this trilogy had a lot to live up to. Thankfully, it manages to deliver, even though it will, in my opinion, never beat the first installment in the trilogy. Part two continues to follow the protaganists Marty McFly and his time travelling eccentric scientist buddy from 1955 to 2015, in their now flying time travelling DeLorean. Now joined by Marty's girlfriend Jennifer, the trio are this time aiming to solve the crisis involving Marty and Jennifer's future children. Of course, like the first film, nothing is plain-sailing. The trio find themselves under several predicaments, such as confrontations with the villain "Biff", who also features in the other two parts of the trilogy. Like the previous film, the set pieces in part 2 are memorable. The retro-futuristic feel of the 2015 Hill Valley is excellent, and manages to still combine elements that are present in the 1955 and 1985 versions seen in the first film. Moments from the first film are touched upon again in this second to remind the audience of the memorable moments they enjoyed when viewing the predecessor. For instance, we are treated again to Marty's "Johnny B. Goode" rendition at the Enchantment Under The Sea Dance he attends whilst stuck in 1955, although this time around, it is from a different angle, whilst new action is happening. This makes revisiting these familiar set-pieces refreshing, rather than tiresome and overused. Released in 1989, the effects used, such as being able to make the DeLorean fly realisticly still hold up today. To some viewers, the film may seem quite dated, as the view of the future in Back To The Future 2 is not actually that accurate, especially as we are coming up to the year in which the film is meant to be set. There are no flying cars as of yet! However, this is all pretty irrelevant, because it shows the ideas of the film makers at the time, and still holds a lot of charm. The acting once again is excellent, with the likeable duo Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd as Marty and the Doc are just as enjoyable to watch as in the first film. There has been a slight change in actors in this film, with the woman playing Marty's girlfriend, Jennifer being switched, as well as a new actor in place of Crispin Glover playing Marty's now un-weedy and rather successful father, George McFly. These changes do not affect the feeling of the film though, as both actors have obviously picked up things from the previous two that filled these roles, so they're actually very similiar. Just like the first film, Back To The Future Part 2 ends with a cliffhanger, and makes the viewer want to watch the third film instantly. This film is a satisfying and worthy sequel that lives up to the original, but does not surpass it. With a blend of action, comedy, romance and sci-fi, this sequel almost definitely appeals to anyone of any age, and for this reason, it deserves to be viewed.

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                      09.06.2009 06:10
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                      Ties up the first perfectly, and sets up the 3rd even better.

                      Back to the Future 2 is the 1989 2nd installment in the Back to the Future Trilogy, personally one of my favourite Movie trilogies ever, it was once again directed by Robert Zemeckis and follows directly on from the first movie ( in fact this movie was filmed back to back with the third installment ) and even though filmed in 1989, portrays the events of 1985 as to directly follow the events of the original movie. The Plot : Marty McFly ( Michael J Fox ), 'Doc' Emmett Brown ( Christopher Lloyd ) and Jennifer Parker ( Elisabeth Shue ) arrive from 1985 to 2015 after the Doc urges them to travel to the future with him to take care of his Kids ( an event that ended the first movie ) Jennifer begins to ask alot of questions about her future at which point Doc Brown gives her a tranquilizer to prevent her from knowing too much, as she is not vital to the plan they decide to leave her in an Alley as their task will only take a short time, Doc explains that Marty and Jennifer's future son " Martin" ( Michael J Fox ) is persuaded to take part in a robbery by Griff Tannen ( Thomas F Wilson ) and will be subsequently caught and sentenced to prison, an event that will begin a chain of events that will ruin Marty's family, Doc's plan is for Marty to impersonate his son and turn down Griff's offer, to ensure his son doesn't get arrested and to ensure the future of Marty's family. After his task is complete Marty notices a Sports Almanac that gives all the results of major sporting events for 50 years, something that Marty believes he could use to go back to 1985 and make a little money betting on sports results, however Doc Brown forbids Marty and convinces him to throw it away, however Biff Tannen ( Thomas F Wilson ) overhears them and takes the opportunity to steal the time machine and travel back in time to give his past self the almanac and begin a chain of events that alter the present 1985 once Doc Brown and Marty arrive back, and as such they have to find a way to change the present back to its original timeline. On paper the plot seems confusing, but its a case of you really have to watch the movies back to back to really get a grasp, I have always been a fan of the way Zemeckis managed to tie everything together and use clever camera trickery and editing to manage to merge the first movie, into the second movie seamlessly and play out scenes from the original, during the sequel, of course the perfect performance by Michael J Fox helps a long way in the role he was born to play. I have heard people have said that Back to the Future 2 is the weakest of the 3 movies, I disagree, while I think that neither is up to the quality of the first movie, I do think that the 2nd and the 3rd are equally as good and are excellent examples of the action / comedy genre.

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                        05.05.2009 09:28
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                        Back to the Future Part Two

                        Back again! As much as I loved Back to the Future as a Trilogy, the first movie for me is still the best, never to be topped and of all three, the second one is probably the one I liked the least. Marty and Doc went back to 1955, then came Back to the Future in1985 having solved the problem with his parents and now they have to go Back to the Future again, this time to 2015, confused, yes so was I!!! I think the main reason why I don't like this film as much as the first one is that it's quite confusing. There are quite a few times when present day Marty runs into future Marty and present day Doc runs into future Doc so it does get quite hard to tell which is which and you really have to keep on reminding yourself who is who and what they are doing. That said thought, the premise of the story is quite good and it definitely carries on well from the first film. Doc tells Marty that his future kids are in trouble so they go to 2015 with the intent of saving his son. The time machine can now fly, a new invention that Doc has perfected since 1985. During the storyline with his son, Marty manages to find an Almanac which lists all the sports results from 1985 to 2000. Marty buys it and intends to take it back to 1985 and to possibly profit from it. Doc is very unhappy with this attitude and tells him that the time machine cannot be used as a financial gain so he throws the Almanac into the rubbish bin where lo and behold the magazine falls into the wrong hands, namely those of Biff. The rest of the story follows on from there. Biff is now rich and the course of history has been changed forever, can Marty and Doc save themselves and the rest of the people around them?!! I did like quite a few parts of this film. Even though it's a bit confusing it is very clever and has some very funny parts to it. The Future (2015) which is now not too far away is interpreted very well with some cool gadgets and clothing. The Hoverboards (a new take on the skateboard that Marty is so good at) is great and I would love if they had those in the future, how much fun! At the end of the movie, we are back again in 1955 and Mary receives a letter from the Doc, he is alive and well and living in 1885, and so the story is set for Back to the Future Three!

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