The untold story of “Back to the Future” – “Back In Time” Movie Review
This year marked the anniversary of “Back to the Future Day”, with the future being the present, when October 21, 2015 was no longer something to look ahead to, but was reality. That was the day that Marty Mcfly landed in the future to save his kids in “Back to the Future II”, but 2015 also marked the 30th anniversary of the original film starring Michael J. Fox and Christophyer Lloyd. Many people would consider this the greatest time travel movie ever made, but plenty of others would just plain call this the greatest movie ever. In the documentary, “Back in Time”, we get to learn why this movie is so beloved to this day, and get the inside scoop on creating this classic piece of cinema gold.
Directed by Jason Aron, this project was originally funded thanks to a highly successful Kickstarter campaign that gave the filmmakers enough capitol to get some high-profile interviews and some amazing footage, as well as the ability to afford licenses to show much of the movie footage used in this.
The first third of this film is the original story of how the film was created, and how it almost did not get produced at all. Viewers will learn about the behind-the-scenes story including how Michael J. Fox was not originally going to play the lead character as Marty was played (for six weeks) by Eric Stoltz, the reasons for using a Delorean as the time machine, and which studios foolishly passed on picking this script up. Interviews with the cast and crew add all sorts of insights and stories about their time on set, but that is only the beginning of this doc.
As the story continues, the film transforms into a narrative about the fandom behind the series, showing how the legacy of the movies continued long after the end of the trilogy hit theaters. We meet people who customize Deloreans and collect the cars from the movies, run the fan sites, and even re-create the entire town from the original movie to give viewers an immersive experience that they will never forget. From America to the UK, fans of “Back to the Future” are everywhere and doing all sorts of wild things to keep this franchise alive and fresh for new generations.
Personally, I would have liked to have seen more info on the sequels since they get glossed over in this documentary to make room for the fans. The fans are indeed an important part of this, but there is so little discussed about the second and third movies, it left me wanting to hear a lot more about the inception of those instead of learning about the fandom. No offense to the fandom since the stories presented were good, but I came into this expecting a little more background story on the entire series. To be fair, the fans break up the monotony of the talking head interviews that are so prevalent in the beginning, but overall I had hoped for equal parts information as there were tributes to the community that love the movie. If it was just a doc about the making-of, it would probably feel more like a series of special features on a DVD then a fully-fledged documentary, so I suggest going into this film knowing what to expect to get a better time from it.
You can order “Back in Time” from Amazon.com on Blu-Ray for around $28, or on DVD for a few dollars less. If you are a serious fan of the film series, then this is a love-letter for you. I enjoyed hearing all of the stories, from both the creators and the fans, and if you were a fan of these movies growing up (or still are now) then there is no reason not to check this doc out.