Back to the future is a film series that is considered one of the greatest sci-fi movies ever made. Although many films have been made on time travel, this one also has a romantic angle. The movie is directed by Robert Zemeckis also written by him with Bob Gale. It stars Michael J fox who has played the role of Marty McFly who has done time travel in the past to meet his mother and become’s his mother romantic interest. The films are distributed by Universal Pictures.
About the franchise
Back to the future franchise is considered to be one of the most successful franchises. As their first film ‘Back to the future’ gathered 389.1 million $ according to Wikipedia and was the highest-grossing movie of 1985. It had the fourth-highest opening of the year.There are three films that are released till now namely
- Back to the future (1985)
- Back to the future part 2(1989)
- Back to the future part 3 (1990)
There’s also an animated series about the film and a video game made but we will not talk about them in this article. The other two movies didn’t perform very well at the box office as that of the first film but were critically acclaimed.
Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly / Seamus McFly
Christopher Lloyd as Emmett Brown
Mary Steenburgen as Clara Clayton
Thomas F. Wilson as Buford “Mad Dog”, Tannen / Biff Tannen
Lea Thompson as Maggie McFly / Lorraine Baines-McFly
James Tolkan as Marshal James Strickland
Elisabeth Shue as Jennifer Parker
Flea as Douglas J. Needles
The plot for the films
Back to the Future Part 1
There’s a 17-year-old boy named Marty Mcfly who accidentally travels back in time because of a time machine made by Emmet ” Doc ” Brown which is called Delorean time machine. The machine is built with some sci-fi stuff like plutonium which is stolen from Libyan terrorists.Doc has built a time machine by using this plutonium. In Marty’s family, he has an elder brother who is unemployed, his coward father George who is being bullied by his supervisor Biff and his mother Lorraine.
Doc then calls to Marty asking to come with some equipment and tells him that he has created a time machine. He calls Marty to meet him at a mall. The time machine is constructed inside a car. When Marty reaches the point Doc places a dog with a clock around his neck and a similar clock around doc’s neck and mentions the exact times. Later the dog goes somewhere in the past and the times are changed this proves that the time machine is successfully working. Then the terrorists attack both of them and shoot Doc, but Marty saves his life by sitting in that same car and goes back in time in 1955. He sees his future mother there as a young girl in a car and saves his dad from the accident. This impresses Lorraine and then she falls in love with her future son Marty. Biff is also shown as a young boy who regularly teases and misbehaves with George.
The plutonium in the time machine is now over and he gets stuck permanently in the past. Marty tracks down the younger Doc for help. At first, Doc doesn’t believe that he is from the future but later when he says about plutonium Doc agrees with him and promises to help him. He tells Marty that the only way to get the necessary power is by lightning.Doc then discovers that he had saved his father George and unknowingly has changed the future. Doc warns Marty that he has to find a way so that George and Lorraine fall in love with each other so that Marty’s existence proves. After Lorraine asks Marty for school dance he devises a plan. He talks with George telling him that he will do some mischief with Lorraine and you will save her from me in the parking lot. In this way, she will fell in love with you. The plan gets disturbed as Biff comes and starts misbehaving with Lorraine. Enraged by this George punches Biff and his gang away thus impressing Lorraine. Marty then performs with the band and Lorraine and George kiss each other thus securing his future.
As the storm arrives Marty reaches the clock tower where Doc is waiting for him and as predicted lightning strikes the clock thus making Marty reach back in 1985. Now he sees that her mother is very fit and his father is also brave enough to fight biff, who is doing the job of some car polishing.
Later Doc arrives and tells Marty that his future children have created havoc in future and thus ending the film.
Back to the Future part 2
The movie starts where the first part ends. Doc tells Marty and his girlfriend Jennifer Parker that their future children have created havoc. They arrive in 2015. Jennifer begins asking questions about their time travel because of this Doc injects her and she falls asleep.
Then Doc gives Marty senior a cap to look like his own child Marty Jr and tells him to go in a restaurant and refuse Griff( Biff’s grandson) in doing the robbery.
Marty switches his place with his son after they engage in a fight. Griff and his gang get arrested. Later, Marty, sr gets an idea that he can earn a lot of profit by betting on sports games and for this, he buys a magazine containing all games from 1950-2000. When Marty shows his book to Doc he gets frustrated and tells him that he didn’t make this time machine to make money on betting instead he had made this to change the future for good. As Doc is destroying the book they see that police have picked up Jennifer ( who was left unconscious ) and drops her at her home by taking a fingerprint scan.
By this time Biff takes the book and goes in time travel machine to give the book to his younger self.
All three people later return to 1985 when they discover that everything is under chaos. Biff has murdered Marty’s father George and is currently the Richest American made by corruption. Marty and Doc then know that the elder biff ( of 2015) has taken a time machine to 1985 and changed the present by giving the almanac to Biff of 1955.
Marty and Doc then travel back to 1955 to solve all these problems. There they see that the almanac is being received by Biff’s younger by Biff’s elder one. After many attempts, Marty finally gets hold of the almanac and destroys it. But at this time Doc gets disappeared when he is struck by lightning. He gets transported to 1885, we know this when a courier serviceman gives a 70-year-old letter to Marty. Doc had sent this letter back from 1885.
Back to the Future Part 3
Plot — After Doc has vanished to 1885 as it was written in the letter. Marty and the 1955 Doc then use the letter to find out where is the time machine hidden when they are searching for the time machine they find that Doc was killed in 1885 after they spot a gravestone having names of Doc and a woman named Clara.
Marty then takes the photograph of the grave and goes back in 1885
When Marty arrives in 1885 he is being chased by Indian tribes and he hides from them in a cave. As there are no roads in 1885 his time machine car gets damaged with the fuel tank being broken. He runs from the cave after being chased by a bear. He is rescued by his then great grandfathers. He later leaves the place to find Doc. When he finds that Buford(Great grandfather of Biff) has made plans to kill Doc he finds doc and shows him his photograph of the tombstone. But later they discover that they cannot get back to 1985 as the fuel tank is broken but later they devise a plan to move their car at the speed of 88mph with a locomotive.
When Doc meets Clara they immediately fall in love after doc saves her from a falling horse wagon. There is a festival in their town where Buford plans to kill Doc but he is getting saved by Marty. Later Buford challenges him for a battle that Marty agrees. The next day they come in battle with each other and Buford shots bullet at Marty but Marty has an iron shield hidden inside his clothes. Buford is later arrested for a previous robbery.
Now when Doc and Marty plan to go to the present (1985) Clara also wants to come with them to him when Doc refuses to take her with him, her love gets broken.
Marty and Doc try to leave 1885 by a locomotive train by a broken bridge that is currently being constructed. Clara also arrives there to come with them. She gets stuck with her dress when doc goes to save her with help of a hoverboard. Doc again gets stuck in 1885 and Marty returns to 1985. The time machine gets broken by a running train. Later he meets Jennifer who is lying on her bed and all the previous incidents of part 2 were just a dream. When Marty and Jennifer are examining the broken car. Outta nowhere a locomotive engine appears which has Doc on it. He tells them that he and Clara had been married and now they have two children. He shows them a photograph with by the clockworks. When Jennifer asks them about fax Doc replies that the future is not yet written. Doc and his family then return to some unknown time in the past.
Back to the future has a confusing yet exciting storyline. Apart from the first part which is easy to understand, the other parts gets difficult to understand. Yet the director has made it run smoothly. It makes the movies a must watch for a sci-fi lover.
The movies are really fun to watch with slight angle of comedy. This movie can be watched with family. It can be a nice binge watch if you are going for a full day movie marathon.
According to me I will give the movies 4 points out of 5. Part 2 is the best and the most exciting part among the three.
At last I would like to conclude by saying that you can’t afford to miss a movie like Back to the Future and of course the future is in your hands.