Back to the Future Part II Reviews
Cons: Marty acts like a total butthead, George McFly is non existent, a tad too many callbacks to the first movie, and there's a lot of inconsistencies with its time travel-esque plot which seriously affects the movie seeing how time travel is the whole focus of the series.
Pros: The set design in the "future" looks nice along with many other environments in the movie, Biff is a great villain, Alan Silvestri's film score is still great, and I LOVE the movie's ending
In the end: Weak sequel. Great ending. But Part III is better.
Personal Grade: S+
Technical Score: 85%
Unfortunately, The October 21st screening of Part 2 I attended made me realize just how underwhelming it is compared to the first BTTF and even the third film. I hated that plot point of Marty not wanting to be called "chicken", WHICH WASN'T EVEN A PLOT POINT IN THE FIRST MOVIE. Marty acts like an idiot, Biff is a good villain but he feels a bit underused, and I never thought I'd be so happy to see that trailer at the end for Part 3...
P.S. I liked Part 3 before this epiphany of mine had occurred.
The original was enjoyable and inventive but the majority of the action was rather pedestrian, particularly when Marty travelled to the past where it tended to entail juvenile behaviour with Biff and his cronies. 'BTTF: Part 2' quickly addresses this by raising the stakes through using three timelines and showing the implications of time travel on the town instead of specifically Marty's family. Problems are subsequently created however because of the disintegrating logic associated with using numerous timelines while the movie also frustratingly refocuses back on Marty and Biff, completely forgetting the neighbourhood issues which were previously hinted as being a significant aspect. Furthermore, the choice to return to the same past events as the first film had me feeling like I had time travelled, but in an annoying way since I had no need to re-visit the past of two days ago. Marty basically retreads his old steps in order to prevent/change certain incidents. Bet they thought they were being smart. Unfortunately, despite incorporating a couple interesting scientific ideas, retreading the same steps fails to provide enough new material for audiences and ultimately came across as lazy writing.
After all this ranting, I still have to congratulate it for maintaining the delightfully fun tone and while we are not yet gifted the ability to visit the future, this franchise's easy-to-watch nature is ideal for passing the time.