However, none of that matters because 2015 is still awesome. Why? Because we’re celebrating 30 years of Back to the Future! And the films are still as great as ever. Definitely better than most of the manure we see today. I hate manure.
In 1985, who would’ve thought that a film about some science nut stealing plutonium and building a time machine out of a DeLorean (if you’re gonna’ build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?) accidentally seducing your mother and nearly negating your own existence, implies that Chuck Berry was a plagiarist, and didn’t bother researching how to pronounce gigawatt would be one of history’s most loved movies?
Back to the Future is probably my favourite film of all time, and for good reason; it tells a story of optimism. Even though,
“No McFly ever amounted to anything in the history of Hill Valley,”
Marty McFly was still determined that, “History is gonna’ change.” He was right, quite literally. You can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it… even if you do nearly undo your own birth in the process.
I feel that when Doc Brown’s boast to Marty, “When this baby hits 88mph… you’re gonna’ see some serious shit,” just before he sent his dog, Einstein, one minute into the future, was actually a warning to the viewer. From that moment onwards everything was pretty heavy (although luckily the Earth’s gravity is still fine), from turning being attacked by Libyan terrorists to driving a train into a ravine.
“Ronald Reagan, the actor? Then who’s vice president? Jerry Lewis? I suppose Jane Wyman is the First Lady! And Jack Benny is secretary of the treasury.”
1955 Doc Brown’s remarks about the absurdity of 1985 make me think about how weird real 2015 (not Back to the Future Part II 2015) would be to someone in 1985. A lunatic businessman running for President of the United States, mobile phones that you can watch movies and play games on, an encyclopaedia of everything that everyone can access at the touch of a button, not to mention the internet. What about the Apple Watch? (Okay, that’s crazy whatever time you’re from.)
It also makes me wonder about what technology will be part of everyday life in 30 years (assuming we don’t get wiped out by a meteorite or global warming or a nuclear war), maybe everyone will be a glasshole (own digital glasses) in the future, or maybe we will rarely even leave our houses and go everywhere via virtual reality, leaving outside for special occasions such as birthdays and Christmas. Also where will we be as a species and individuals?
But all this speculation about the future proves Emmet Brown’s point that: “Your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one, both of you.” None of us know what our density holds. We’ve all gotta make like trees, and get outta here… to the future. Oh, and we still can’t get plutonium at every corner drug store.