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Back to the Future was a famous movie series released in the 80's and 90's. In the second movie, characters Marty McFly, Dr. Emmett Brown, and Jennifer Parker travel to 4:29 pm on October 21, 2015, which was just a few days ago. To celebrate the film's 30th anniversary, Gathr® Films and Gravitas Ventures, along with director Jason Aron bring you Back in Time, a documentary about the Back to the Future films. The documentary features appearances from Michael J. Fox (Marty McFly), Christopher Lloyd (Dr. Emmett Brown), Lea Thompson (Lorraine McFly), Claudia Wells (Jennifer Parker in original Back to the Future), Jeffrey Weissman (George McFly in Back to the Future Parts II & III), James Tolkan (Mr. Strickland), Harry Waters Jr. (Marvin Berry), and Don Fullilove (Mayor Goldie WIlson). The film will also include interviews from director and writer Robert Zemeckis, writer Bob Gale, composer Alan Silvestri, singer Huey Lewis, and Steven Spielberg.

The movie will be screened around the United States with some special guest appearances (see for more), but on October 21, the film was released on Netflix. I have Netflx, so I was able to watch it and I thought it was...average?

I wanted to like that movie. I really did. And people tend to think I can be biased over things that I want to love. The series was awesome. This film was okay, but if you want to know why I'm not saying it's awesome, keep reading.

The film begins with a shot of a DeLorean DMC-12 driving around. Of course, the DeLorean DMC-12 is the type of car used for the time machine in the films. We learn later in the documentary that they had picked the DeLorean because they had a joke being planned about how when Marty exits the DeLorean once entering 1955, a family thinks he's a martian. This made it to the final film and they used the DeLorean because it looked like a UFO because of its gull-wing doors.

The film revealed that there were seven DeLoreans used in the films. Three of them remain in existence. One is the one used in the entire series, and is at Universal Studios Hollywood in California. The other is the DeLorean time machine which was once outfitted for stunt work with train wheels for Back to the Future Part III is now on display at Universal Orlando next to Doc Brown's time traveling train from Back to the Future Part III. The final one is in private hands (lucky guy).

We then learn that Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale had always wanted to do a time travel movie, since the 1970's. Gale had discovered his father's high school yearbook and saw that he went to the same high school Gale went to, and he wondered that if they had gone to school together, what would he be like? Would they be friends?

Throughout the movie, they talk about the development of the film. For example, the DeLorean time machine, the special effects, and we even get to see a proposal with a performance of "Earth Angel" by Harry Waters Jr. It was pretty good, but here's why I didn't like the movie as much as I wanted:

There was too much talking.

Now, I get that it's a documentary and documentaries need to have people speaking, but I felt like we were getting too much of that. There were hardly any scenes in the movie where two people actually interact. Though the movie gave a very clear, vivid, and detailed description of how the movies were made, there was, in my opinion, A LOT of that happening.

It was kind of like a two-hour conversation in which you don't get to speak.

Also, the ending wasn't the greatest. It's the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future, and I wanted to feel heartfelt. The final scene was just a small clip from the original movie, where after Doc drives Marty home, he goes 30 years into the future. And that just kind of left me thinking:

That's it?!

If you're going to go see this movie at a screening, that depends on your preference. This movie definitely wasn't the worst movie in the world (we can thank Twilight for that), but I truthfully wish it could have been better. But I'm not a reviewer or a critic or anything. I'm not a professional, so before watching the film, you should see some more professional reviews.


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