Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1989. Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, U-Drive Productions. Story by Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale, Screenplay by Bob Gale, based on characters created by Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale. Cinematography by Dean Cundey. Produced by Neil Canton, Bob Gale. Music by Alan Silvestri. Production Design by Rick Carter. Costume Design by Joanna Johnston. Film Editing by Harry Keramidas, Arthur Schmidt.
This one’s plot is so confusing that it’s actually a bit difficult to remember. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) has to travel to 2015 to fix the future of his family, then travel back to 1955 and then to 1985. Family problems should not be this difficult to sort out! While the technological gadgets that are on display here are incredibly impressive, the story doesn’t have the zip of the original or the good old sense of fun that Part III would have. Instead, it’s a sagging middle to a very popular trilogy, with Fox doing a particularly great job with the huge cast of characters he is assigned to play (namely all male members of the McFly family, and one female).
Academy Award Nomination: Best Visual Effects