5 questions to ask about… Back to the Future


Yup, it’s finally here. After months of seeing doctored versions of this image all over the internet, the real Back to the Future Day has arrived. Don your self-lacing trainers, get on your hoverboard, re-hydrate a pizza, and celebrate Doc and Marty’s arrival in our present.

I hope that you, like me, will be re-watching BTTF2 tonight. In the meantime, here are five questions to ask about this classic series of films.

  • Why does Back to the Future have such enduring appeal? Films become classics for a reason. The original BTTF is a blast of pure entertainment: it’s got action, it’s got comedy, it’s got a fantastic soundtrack, it’s got romance, it’s got crazy science. It’s got a cast who all knock it out of the park. But more than anything, it’s centred on a perfect gem of a story idea.
Back to the Future (1985)
Back to the Future (1985)
  • What can we learn from the films’ vision of the past? What happens when we start seeing our parents as people? Do we inevitably inherit their flaws, or can we change our own destiny? Nostalgia tells us that the past was a cleaner, more innocent place: but is this really true?
  • What can we learn from the films’ vision of the future? What hopes and anxieties can we read into the second film’s vision of the year 2015? Did any of these actually come to pass? What kind of future do today’s Sci-Fi films imagine?
Back to the Future Part II (1989)
  • Why are we so fascinated by Back to the Future Day? People have been sharing that image for months – why do we get such a kick out of it? Are we amused because the real future is better than the one the film imagined, or disappointed because it’s not as good? Does it make us feel old, and maybe even a little frightened, to know that the future is now the present?
  • Why does Marty’s paternal grandmother look exactly like his mother? And who, I ask, who in the world, thought those Irish accents were a good idea?
Back to the Future Part III (1990)


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Sophie Lister

Damaris resources bring films to new audiences, start conversations, and enrich lives. Find out more at www.damarismedia.com Here at the Damaris Film Blog, we publish regular discussion guides to help you make the most of the latest cinema releases.

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