Back In Time Review: This Is Heavy

If there’s anything the last few weeks has taught us, it’s that Back to the Future is a cultural phenomenon that will not quit; it will stay with us for another thirty, sixty, or ninety years, if not forever. Granted most of us saw the trilogy as we grew up in the 80s or 90s, but the films themselves have bridged a generation gap of the children of the 50s who grew up to appreciate the films about their childhood and their children who will continue to pass on the love of a story and characters that transcends time, space, backgrounds and cultures.

Back In Time is a new documentary that was released on October 21, 2015 in conjunction with Back to the Future Day, as it’s been dubbed. Like most documentaries these days, it was a Kickstarter which raised over 600 financial backers. Helmed by Jason Aron, Back In Time includes new interviews with the people who put so much into the Back to the Future trilogy such as: Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale, Steven Spielberg, Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and James Tolkan (SLACKER!)

The doc traces the films’ origins from an idea producer, Bob Gale had while seeing his father’s high school yearbook to the cultural phenomenon it gained almost overnight that is still capturing younger generations’ imaginations. If you’re already a fan of the films, you probably think you have heard it all and don’t need to see this documentary but you’re wrong. The older information that most of us know about these films is woven into the documentary for the uninitiated and there are plenty of interesting anecdotes from the cast and crew to keep even the most hardcore BTTF fan entertained and interested.

It's worth noting that there are plenty of behind the scenes material, including some screentests and some of the Eric Stoltz footage (still without any of its dialogue).

Back In Time also follows some fans and how the trilogy has inspired them to create their own

DeLoreans as well as cosplay, some of them benefitting charities, including Team Fox – Michael J. Fox’s charity for Parkinson’s disease. As sad as it is to see Michael J. Fox in the condition he is in these days, it’s comforting to know that so many people care about finding a cure for Parkinson’s and using Back to the Future as a vehicle, if you will, for helping the cause. It is an opportunity to raise awareness for the disease and the movies and people that have touched so many and inspired them to support finding a cure.

It's worth noting that there are plenty of behind the scenes material, including some screentests and some of the Eric Stoltz footage (still without any of its dialogue).

Something I found interesting is that it’s said that Mary McFly is a flawless protagonist that, with the exception of wanting his parents to be cooler (and for his band to play at the high school dance), doesn’t have a unconscious wish to fulfill and you're just with him, along for the ride. Mary's there to be an everyman – A person we all can identify with since the majority of us have been 17 years old and see a little bit of ourselves in Marty.

Also featured is the BTTF inspired/80s cover band, The Flux Capacitors who are gaining a lot of popularity within the cosplay/convention crowd. They usually perform at convention after-parties and sing original songs about BTTF, 80s songs as well as The Power of Love, of course.

You can check them out at: Show them some love and like/follow their pages.

All in all, Back In Time is the ultimate love letter to Back to the Future and something everyone who calls themselves a fan should see. Back to the Future is so engrained in our minds that it would be crazy not to have a documentary out there, exploring our obsession with a trilogy of films that have touched our hearts and minds as well as becoming a part of film culture, not to mention nerd culture. You can rent or buy it from Amazon or iTunes. Please support the filmmakers and check out a piece of Back to the Future history for yourselves.

It is your density. I mean your destiny.

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