2010 - “Your kids are gonna love it”
It’s now the year 2010, and we’re just five years away from the futuristic setting (2015) that Marty and Doc Brown visit in Back To The Future Part II.
Since the film’s release, BTTF has become an adored classic, frequently appearing in Best Of lists the world over, officially selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, and adored by all generations.
Zemeckis always knew he had something special on his hands. “That’s the best screenplay that Bob and I ever wrote,” he says.
“Bob and I, this was the third picture that we had collaborated on, and we’d had wonderful previews on all our films,” Zemeckis adds, though those wonderful previews scared him, because all of his films had previewed well but not made much of an impact.
“I got very nervous when the previews were good because I had a movie that I knew the world would really enjoy seeing.”
Christopher Lloyd still has people associating him with Doc Brown: “It’s nice people come up and liked and enjoyed something you’ve done.”
Michael J. Fox, meanwhile, will forever be Marty McFly. Perfectly embodying the teenage everykid, he’s as timeless as the movie itself – a hero that everybody can associate with.
Now, Back To The Future is winging its way back into cinemas, re-mastered and ready to take on a whole new generation who’ve only seen it in pieces on ITV2.
“I hadn’t seen the movies myself until we re-mastered them,” Gale says. “I was actually amazed at how well they held up myself, and I think the reason is it’s basically just a human story. The idea that your parents were once kids is something that crosses all cultures, it crosses everything.
“When your kid suddenly comes to the realisation that mom and dad were once children, that’s such a big idea for a little kid to understand and make sense of. I think that’s the appeal; it just goes past all the other stuff.”
So what have we learned from Back To The Future? “That you are in control of your own destiny,” says Gale. “It's all about personal responsibility. And just because somebody says that something is supposed to be a certain way, it ain't necessarily so.
“Doc Brown sums it up at the end of BTTF3 when he says, ‘Your future is whatever you make it, so make it a good one.’”
Welcome back Marty…
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