Back to the Future Part II is one of my favourite films ever.
Points to support this claim: I have a 1:24 diecast metal DeLorean on my bedroom shelf, I WILL win you in a BTTF trivia challenge and I took great pleasure in knowing the answer to a recent tie-break quiz question: To which 3 years did Marty McFly time travel during the Back to the Future trilogy?
But let’s delve a little further into the misadventures of the eighties’ most loved teenager/mad-time-travelling-scientist combo.
Part one’s got it, sure. Who doesn’t love the heartwarming Enchantment Under The Sea dance scene? George McFly finally scores with Lorraine thus stopping Marty from fading away into oblivion (both metaphorically and physically) – all to the backdrop of romantic ditty Earth Angel. Part III dawdles on a bit towards the end but, still, there’s no denying that it’s a great film that perfectly ties up all the loose ends of the trilogy. A highlight has to be Marty’s, sorry, Clint’s pastel cowboy get-up. Another memorable scene is when Marty does the moonwalk in the middle of a wild west watering hole after being told to «DANCE, BOY!» and being shot at by Mad Dog Tannen.
But Part II, now that‘s where it’s at. Hilariously unrealistic portrayals of the 21st century? Hoverboard chases? A virtual Michael Jackson serving drinks? Watching Marty avoid running into his children in 2015 AND his other self in 1955? Young Elijah Wood playing Wild Gunman!?
And there’s something else that BTTF2’s got… Marty’s Nikes. In case you didn’t know, 2015 is the year that Marty and Doc travel to in the future. October 21st 2015 to be exact. And to commemorate this special occasion Nike are releasing a limited edition set of trainers modelled on Marty’s «power lacing», über-futuristic sneakers. The bombshell was revealed by Nike’s vice president for design and special projects at a recent Nike event in the USA.
Now, in 2011, Nike also released a similar limited edition identical in appearance to Marty’s own, including LED tabs and an electroluminescent Nike logo. Rumour has it that these babies, despite not having power laces, were selling for around $35,000 a pop. Times that by the 1500 pairs of Air Mags that Nike sold and you’ve got… a lot of dollars – all of which were donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
The 2015 model will see all the same gizmos as the earlier edition but, this time, with POWER LACES. Yep, they lace themselves. You put your foot in and, pam! They’re tied. Check out Marty in a clip from Back to the Future II below trying his on for the first time. Alright!
When will the hoverboards be ready, then? Not yet, apparently. But just remember, bozo, «THOSE BOARDS DON’T WORK ON WATER!»
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