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Happy “Back to the Future” Day!
“When this baby hits 88 miles per hour, you’re gonna see some serious shit.”
Great Scott, we made it folks! Today, the mystery has been unveiled. No longer do we have to speculate what the future is really like on October 21st, 2015- we are LIVING on the day that Marty and Doc (and Jennifer) traveled through time! Eeeee!!! Toss the confetti, it’s a holiday!
“Back to the Future” has always been my favorite movie, ever since I was a wee one. I’m not sure I can truly sum up my lifelong love for this film in one post, but I can sure try.
I thought about getting another blogger to write it, but, do you know what would happen if I posted this in someone else’s handwriting? I’d get fired. You wouldn’t want that would ya? WOULD YA? <—- see what I did there?
I’ve spent many hours- weekends, sick days, good days, and bad days, watching Marty once again reunite his parents, fix his future, and travel back to the old west.
I have also spent hours discussing (and debating) the time space continuum.
And if it’s Thanksgiving? Forget football- most likely my children have popped on a BTTF marathon…again.
It never gets old.
No matter how many times I see this movie, it touches a special place in my heart space.
I always laugh when Marty performs “Johnny Be Good” and Doc sets his car model on fire.
I always feel empathy for George McFly when he doubts his writing and worthiness: “I just don’t think I can take that kind of rejection.”
I always get angry when Biff takes advantage of Lorraine.
And yes, I always tear up when George finally stands up to Biff in the parking lot, and knocks him out, becoming the hero and liberating himself from years of bondage.
A Lifelong Love
My dad was born in 1955.
This made the movie extra fascinating to me as a child, because I was born in 1984. Essentially, Marty traveling back and forth between these time periods was a link between worlds. We would always laugh at the differences between the 50’s and the 80’s: “What’s a rerun?” “No one has two television sets.” As I’ve grown older, this has served as some sort of time capsule for our generations.
I remember BTTF being on in my house often as a child. It’s actually comforting to watch, with the equivalent fuzzy feeling of a holiday movie.
Furthermore, my husband and I danced to “Earth Angel” and “Johnny Be Good” on our wedding day, on October 22nd. It’s the day of the famous newspaper clipping announcing Marty’s son’s arrest (and later, Griff’s).
We actually didn’t plan our date around that (and interestingly enough, our original date was the 21st, although we changed it), but it’s funny how that worked out.
Do you remember when they made a Saturday morning cartoon of BTTF? I do.
When Lego released it’s BTTF set, with Doc, Marty, and the DeLorean (see it here, isn’t it awesome!?), I ordered it the same day for my kids for Christmas, back when it was still reasonably priced.
And last night? I was ogling at the new pop figures…totally guilty of wanting these.
What “Back to the Future” Taught Me
What I have learned from years of watching Marty and Doc Brown:
- Follow your dreams!!! Don’t let anyone stop you from living out your life purpose.
- Head injuries can lead to genius ideas.
- Relationships are important.
- Swear- damnit George swear.
- Time is delicate.
- Your parents had lives, insecurities, and dreams of their own before you were born.
- Your mom hitting on you? Always creepy.
- Trust your inner guidance and intuition.
- Letting your ego get the best of you can end in a car wreck with Needles.
- The future is not written yet, so make it what you want it to be.
- Stand up for yourself, and don’t let people push you around.
- Manure makes a really great punishment.
- If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.
2015: What did they get right?
Now that we are living in the day that Marty and Doc blasted into the future, it is quite hilarious to see what they predicted at the time. Most of the ideas were, of course, for a good laugh, but surprisingly there are some things that they actually got right.
So I popped on my DVD, pulled out my pad and pen, and took some notes (yeah, this is serious people). Here is what I found…
According to Back to the Future Part 2, 2015 has:
- See-through ties and double ties.
- Self lacing shoes
- Self drying jackets
- Flying cars (only $39,995- what a steal for a flying car!)
- The fashion statement of pants inside out (all the kids do it)
- Newspapers as our main source of information lol!
- No cell phones
- No lawyers (they have all been abolished)
- Jaws 19
- Hover TV’s
- Robot waiters
- Cubs as the winner of the World Series (see wiki link here for more)
- Dust repellent paper
- Princess Diana is alive and well
- Voice activated rehydrators which can turn small disks into giant pizzas
- Robot dog walker
- Blue plastic receipts (wonder if it has BPA on it?)
- Fax machines in every room
What they got right:
- Smart glasses. Marty’s kids wear these, however in the movie they are pretty bulky.
- Droids, as seen recording Griff’s accident.
- Pepsi Perfect. Pepsi is launching it’s BTTF special drink today- only 6,500 will be sold.
- Hoverboards. Yes, they apparently have created real hoverboards. None of which are for sale.
- 3D movies. Self explanatory. Although, we need special glasses.
- Tablets. When Marty is asked if he wants to donate money to the clock tower, the old man is holding a tablet.
- Voice command electronics. Hello Surri.
- Internet payments. Marty uses this when he pays Needles.
- Hands free gaming. While we still use controllers, hands free gaming is popular. “It’s like a baby’s toy.”
- Video chat! Skype!
- Face recognition. This is scary real.
- Thumb print entry. Yeah, we have thumb print locks. Also scary real.
While Marty and Doc’s time traveling adventures are over, its impact isn’t. Also released today is a documentary titled “Back in Time” (can’t wait to watch it!), which features interviews and footage that cinematically captures the ripple effect on our culture.
“Back to the Future” asked us to look at ourselves- where we have been and where we are going.
It asks us to move forward…and make the future grand.
And I leave you with this: