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Back to the Future Part 2
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2001
bttf 2 is the best of the 2 sequels, although bttf 3 isn't at all bad, whereas bttf 1 surpasses them both as it sets the story. however, whereas individually they may have their faults, as a trilogy they are incredible. btff 2 gave kids (i was only 6 when i first saw it) hopes of a future with flying cars and hovering skateboards, which was excellent. and the whole trilogy made me want to buy a delorean, but that's just because i'm easily influenced by brilliant films (and their equally good sequels). so buy this now (and while you're here, buy the other two- it works better watched as a trilogy rather than a single film) 5 stars!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 April 2001
This film is better than the one that came before it. Although Back To The Future was excellent, this film has a better story, better settings and better effects. And the hoverboard scenes were an excellent upgrade of the first film's skateboard scences. This film hasn't aged at all. It is just as good today, as it was in 1989. A classic movie!
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When it comes to sequels, conventional wisdom is they are pale shadows of the original. And most of the time, that is true. But Back to the Future Part II manages to be one of those films that revisits the original while still being lots of fun.

The movie picks up with the final scene of the first movie as Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) has returned to 1985 to take Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) to the future. Along for the ride is Marty's girlfriend Jennifer Parker (now played by Elisabeth Shue). They've gone to the future to stop Marty's kids from making huge mistakes that spiral the family out of control.

But the trip to the future also lets bully Biff Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson) do something that completely changes the time line. Leaving Jennifer in an alternative 1985, the two must travel back in time to keep everything from unraveling. Can they correct the damages to the timeline without causing any more?

This film sounds very confusing on paper, but it actually works quite well when you watch it. You're able to follow everything that happens and everything makes sense. Well, there's one exception, but even then I let it go because the film is so much fun. As is always the case with time travel, if you think about it too hard, you wind up wrapping yourself up in contradictions and knots. But if you just sit back and enjoy, you'll find it's plenty of fun.

During the future section (set in 2015), there are plenty of great jabs at the ‘80's. They still hold up even now. And I'm so ready for hover boards and flying cars. If only, right?

What is brilliant about this film is the final act. It takes place during the final act of the first film. We get to see the action from a different point of view. No, it doesn't track with the original completely since they hadn't planned on a sequel during filming, but they do a pretty impressive job of weaving the new action around the old, and combining the two just ups the suspense.

The acting is uniformly perfect. Michael J. Fox not only plays Marty, but his two kids as well. Thomas F. Wilson manages to play two characters, both rather villainous. You just love to hate his characters. In addition to Elisabeth Shue, they also had to change actors for George McFly, but you'd never know if you didn't watch the credits. But it's Christopher Lloyd who once again steals every scene he is in as Doc. That man makes this trilogy. And watch for an early screen appearance of Elijah Wood during the scenes set in the future.

This movie needed lots of special effects between the actors playing themselves at various ages, playing opposite themselves, plus the flying cars, hover boards, and other fun stuff. Yes, there are moments when something doesn't work, but they are only on screen for a second or two. Yeah, the effects are pretty much perfect.

The film is more serious than the first in the series. There are jokes and laughs, but the story has more at stake for the characters. Along those lines, there's a pretty big cliffhanger as well, which will make you want to watch Part III right away. Fortunately, the two movies were filmed back to back so original audiences didn't have to wait very long either.

Back to the Future Part II is one of those rare times when I feel confident saying if you love the original, you'll love the sequel. It's more fun with characters we already know and love.
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on 24 January 2015
An excellent sequel to the 1985 classic, i think this sequel is just as Good as the first in my opinion anyway
screenplay/story written by both Bob Gale & Robert zemeckis but Directed by Robert zemeckis

scrap the very old dvd release of this film
get this new blu-ray quality of Back to the future II
Universal has again given the picture quality a new HD transfer & it looks beautiful in 1:85:1 widescreen
very sharp & clear picture quality just like the first Back to the future blu-ray
again a new 5.1 Master audio mix has been given to which makes a big Difference to the sound quality for sure

Universal have also added a new 30min retrospective Documentary just for this blu-ray release
TALES FROM THE FUTURE-TIME FLIES
new in depth interviews about the sequel
with again Bob Gale, Robert zemeckis, Steven spielberg, Frank marshall, Kathleen kennedy
Cinematographer Dean cundey, Production Designer Rick carter, costumer Designer Joanna Johnston
plus new interviews with Claudia wells who played the original Jennifer parker
she explains how she was asked to reprise her role for the sequel
but she had left the Acting business in 1986 due to very personal issues in her family
and so Actress Elizabeth shue was brought in to replace her
unfortunately Elizabeth shue was not interviewed for this Documentary maybe she was not available
but the usual Actors from the first back to the future are still interviewed
Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Marc McClure, except for Crispin Glover & Thomas F Wilson
Actress Wendie Jo sperber who played Marty's sister Linda McFly is also not interviewed
cause she passed away back in 2005 from Breast cancer

plus all the old special features from the 10 year old dvd release
making Back to the future II 1989 TV promo broadcast hosted by Leslie nielson
plus the old DVD Documentary
BACK TO THE FUTURE-MAKING THE TRILOGY PART II
PHYSICS OF BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II, 8min featurette about the Franchise
all the Featurettes about the Production of the film
Designing the Delorean, Hoverboard test, Evolution of the visual effects shots, Photo Galleries
Deleted scenes, outtakes with optional commentary by Bob Gale
plus the old movie length dvd commentary by Bob Gale & Robert zemeckis is still included on this blu-ray
all this one 1 blu-ray Disc, incredible

again the packaging is just standard blu-ray case
where is the U.S. edition is fold out Digi-pak but both Blu-ray versions are ALL REGIONS anyway
so you can either buy the fold out Digi-pak or this standard case version

time to upgrade for sure, get this new blu-ray version
worth 5 stars no Doubt about it.
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A film who’s plot sounds more confusing when written down to explain the various jumps back and forward through time, but one that plays out far easier and enjoyable on screen with nearly no confusion whatsoever! It may not have that original, innocent charm and spectacle as the original did, but this sequel is more than worthy to follow-up an already exciting story with brilliant imagination, ground-breaking visual effects and more of that winning humour and character development that once again makes the film what it should be: FUN.

One of the winning segments in this high-speed adventure through time is the action and perception of the future; 2015. We are just over one year away from the day Marty arrives in 2015 and the iconography is something we can only dream out and it’s a wonder to think was this REALLY a future director Zemeckis and producer Steven Spielberg envisioned or simply one built around fiction. From the memorable hoverboards to the pulp Café 80s, the surreal and visually stimulating future Hill Valley cheekily recreates events from 1955, this time with a new generation of McFly’s and Tannen’s but with plenty of ground-breaking visual effects pioneered through the film (and also ‘Part III’).

Such effects make use of the VistaGlide, basically enabling actors to play various characters and appear in the same shot with a moving camera, so we can enjoy Wilson playing old and young Tannens interacting in 2015 or Fox playing most of his future family sat around for dinner in 1985. It’s something that makes the narrative more fun with the interpretation of our characters we follow over 60 years and is wonderfully captured. Also is the transition from digital effects to real shots, such as a CG flying DeLorean smoothly passing by a seamless cut to become an actual DeLorean driving down the street. It looks dated now in the era of CGI, but back in 1989 it opened up the possibilities for telling more imaginative and exciting stories with great imagination and interpretation of the future and past. Also enhancing the depth of this sequel is the cast and crew recreating the high-school dance of the first film in their 1955s guises to enable a new perspective blending both Marty’s and both Doc’s in a clever and entertaining twist on the original finale. It’s good fun and never once gets confusing to follow.

With all original cast returning (bar Crispin Glover and Claudia Wells), we are in a comfortable place here with their passion for the characters showing even more as they use all their skill and talent in creating 3 different decades of stories amongst a brain-teasing, time-spanning plot and a host of ingenious set design and gadgets, mostly in 2015.

Alan Silvestri carries things along with his iconic main theme, and the sharp humour and family-friendly fun is never lost as this is a solid sequel that takes the firm foundations and builds great things above it to really expand the concept of what ‘Back To The Future’ is all about; sheer entertainment. And also being one of the first films to go into back-to-back production with the next sequel, it wouldn’t be long before fans would see just how much thought and passion went into making a fitting and satisfying conclusion
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on 6 August 2006
Marty (Fox) and the Doc (Lloyd) get trapped in an alternative 1985 where Biff (Wilson) runs the town and so the pair must recapture a book that must reclaim the future

The sequel to suppress all others, one that could match the fantastic unique attempt to depict time travel? With enough comedy and enough planning to rule all of time, Bob Gale and Rob Zemeckis brought another provocative film to the table in the sequel to Back to the Future with Marty and the Doc having another fast flowing tense adventure through time.

You can almost forget your comparisons with Dr Who's and Donnie Darko's as this picture proves once more that the DeLorean adventures really do give a knockout effect of unconditional action entertainment for the entire family.

Repeating the end scenes from the previous release Part II follows the Doc and Marty to 2015 where Marty's kid is on the brink of ruining his life, and only Marty's intervention can save his family.

As with the original this sequel deals in the complexities of intervention and careful treading through key situations. In an almost freakish manor Marty Junior is presented as the spitting image of his father and after a few tasteful jokes and a hard beating, Marty attempts to save his son from ruining his life. What follows is the best sequence from the trilogy in my personal opinion as Marty grabs a hover-board and like the first picture attempts a getaway from Griff's gang as they chase him through the streets. This sequence is a wonderful action orientated thriller with wonderfully staged set ups including a mistimed use of the small water section and the usual inclusion of manure.

From here things start to heat up as Biff travels back in time and supplies his earlier self with a book that makes him rich and powerful, ultimately changing the complexion of 1985 when the Doc and Marty return.

The knowledge of science and unfound knowledge of time travel is as ever present as the Doc once more confides his knowledge about alternate universes and the implications of changed events and how this now affects them. Once more the pair has to journey back to the exact same day in 1955 without running into themselves from their previous adventure. All this technicality and judgement marks some juicy `almost' moments and somehow gives the events of the previous film more spring and fluidity.

Once more Michael J Fox delivers the cool of all cool to cement his character well and truly in the history books. His hover-board abilities make him even more likable and this confrontation marksmanship of "Are you chicken?" allows him to delve into obsequious mode and with Christopher Lloyd similarly exuberant as the previous instalment, we have another fantastic family film that excels in entertainment and whilst it isn't as free and experimental as the first, is still a timeless masterpiece.

8.5/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 March 2012
I think this film is way better than 3 which I found predictable and functioned more as a fish out of water pic than a time travel adventure. Yes the plot is a bit complicated but it does make sense! I saw this in 1989 (I was 9) and loved it, so it cant be too over kids heads at least. Critics refer to this as the worst of the three but I think its clearly a close second to the first.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 December 2000
Don't listen to the critics! A fantastic sequel in which Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd both perform wonderfully. A scifi/fantasy comedy for all the family. A very complex storyline this time but enjoyable all the same. Very amusing as Michael J Fox plays the part of Marty Mcfly, Marty McFly Jnr AND Marlene Mcfly! A must-see movie!
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on 15 February 2014
Part 2 when released had a few younger kids and fans a little dazed come the films end. It is certaintly a darker movie than the first and if you don't pay attention you may find yourself lost. The film starts off in good 1985, fast forwards to future 2015 back to bad 1985 and then surprises us by going back to 1955 in which two Martys now in some sort of parallel existance must somehow redo what has been undone in the first movie.

It could have been a disaster- instead it is absolutely magnificent, never feels bloated and is a seamless wonderful sequel. Probably best avoided by anyone under 10, just for it's confusing threadline. Get ready to go Back to the Future and then some.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 October 2013
Great sequel to the original and has many intriguing twists and turns. Very enjoyable. Quite a funny estimation of how it will be in the future even though far off reality.
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