Back to the Future (1985) IMDb

Commentary

Blockbusting at its finest. Christopher Lloyd came here from The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984). The “flux capacitor” is Buckaroo’s “oscillation overthruster”, the DeLorean is his rocket-powered Ford F-350 pickup truck, and Doc Brown’s ability to travel through time replaces Buckaroo’s phase shifting. These are all good things.

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Sequel:

Back to the Future Part II (1989) IMDb

Commentary

Still-stronger cyberpunk influences. Much is contrived.

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Sequel:

Back to the Future Part III (1990) IMDb

Commentary

The solipsism goes overboard and stops being funny, while nothing is added. Given the time period, 1885, the Western genre and the lightning motif in the earlier films, I wonder whether “The Los Amigos Fiasco” (1892) might be a proximate source of Brown’s “Great Scott!” catchphrase.

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