Back to the Future Part II

 
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Release date: Nov. 22, 1989

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson

Budget: $40 million

Box office: $332 million
 

Marty McFly continues his time travel adventures in order to prevent an altered present.

Just as well made as the film before it, Back to the Future Part II is another enjoyable experience, throwing audiences an interesting portrayal of what the filmmakers believed the future would look like. Notably, it appears they did not want to try and make it seem as if their ideas were too distant as they combined technology which would feel at home in a futuristic television show the culture at the time would understand with what was available in the 1980s and had a good time with it. The end result turns into a timeless version of the future anyone could go back to and find entertaining.

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Further, the changes that happen to the timeline are fascinating, showing just what would happen if someone who was as narcissistic and sociopathic as the antagonist not only received a fast track to money and power, but was able to shape society in the manner he saw fit. A remarkable aspect to these differences is that his personality wasn’t changed. Rather it was amplified, taking his penchant for harassing those he saw as inferior to him and heightening it to make it so everyone is beneath him and capable of being intimidated or manipulated. This time the characters find themselves in is a good representation of a dystopian society in every way possible.

Marty also gets some more depth as a character in this film.While he may appear to pick up an achilles heel practically out of nowhere, by determining to prove anyone who calls him a chicken wrong, this addition makes sense and isn’t just a random addition simply to give him a flaw. Rather, whenever he got into a fight in the first film, Marty always did so willingly. Further, the audience had never seen him get called a name before now. Rather than turning Marty into someone with an unforeseen fault, this film makes him into a more well-rounded character.

Anyone who found the first entertaining will definitely find this to be an enticing film.

Awards

Won

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Saturn Awards

  • Best Special Effects

BAFTA Awards

  • Best Special Effects

BMI Film & TV Awards

  • BMI Film Music Award

DVD Exclusive Awards

  • Best Special Edition of the Year - Classic Movie (For the Trilogy)

Golden Schmoes Awards

  • Best DVD/Blu-Ray of the Year (‘Trilogy’)

Golden Screen, Germany

  • Golden Screen Award

Kids’ Choice Awards, USA - Blimp Awards

  • Favorite Movie Actor (Michael J. Fox)

  • Favorite movie Actress (Lea Thompson)

Young Artist Awards

  • Best Family Motion Picture - Musical or Fantasy

Nominated

20/20 Awards - Felix Awards

  • Best Visual Effects

Academy Awards,

  • Best Effects, Visual Effects

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Saturn Awards

  • Best DVD Collection (As part of the collection “Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy.”)

  • Best DVD Classic Film Release

  • Best Science Fiction Film

  • Best Costumes

  • Best Make-Up

DVD Exclusive Awards

  • DVD Premiere Award - Original Retrospective Documentary, Library Release (For Back to the Future: Making the Trilogy, parts 1, 2, and 3. For the Trilogy.)

Golden Schmoes Awards

  • Best DVD of the Year (‘Back to the Future Trilogy’)