Back To The Future 2
How this is so low down in this list I will never know. I absolutely love the Back To The Future trilogy and would even perhaps argue that part two could be my favourite of the lot. It’s close with part one, so let’s just calls them joint top for now and leave it at that.
Along with Indiana Jones and Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, these movies were my absolute favourites growing up and they still maintain that sense of fun many years down the road. In the second part of Robert Zemeckis’ trilogy, Marty and the Doc travel from 1985 forward to 2015, back to an alternative Bifftastic 1985, then back to 1955 before the Doc gets zapped back to the old west in 1885. I still really love all the 2015 stuff, even if it is slightly depressing knowing that in a little over 12 months’ time, there probably won’t be hoverboards or self-drying jackets. The little touches Zemeckis includes to link the various time periods together, and the way in which the complexities of time travel are woven into the story, are a movie masterstroke. The scenes where Marty goes back to 1955 and witnesses himself from the first movie is a particularly excellent element of this outing.
The mix of comedy, adventure and science-fiction remains perfect, as does the cast. Christopher Lloyd is brimming with eccentricity and wild-eyed genius as the Doc, Michael J Fox is as infinitely likeable as ever as Marty, and Thomas F. Wilson is a joy to behold as Biff and Griff Tannen. I know some critics don’t look as kindly upon part two as the other instalments in the series, and I grant you that I may be looking on it with rose-tinted glasses thanks to my love childhood obsession, but I still maintain that a more effortlessly entertaining movie experience you will struggle to find.