We’ve almost reached the end of our 1:8th DeLorean Time Machine giveaway alongside Eaglemoss Collections (Closes Nov.9th) and so we’re taking the opportunity to have a look back over the last 35 years of the ‘Back to the Future’ franchise and legacy it has created for fans & collectors alongside guest writer Adam Barnard.
“Well I guess you guys aren’t ready for that. But your kids are gonna love it!”And the kids do love it!Marty McFly
I was born in 1985, the golden age of action sci-fi movies. Movies like Ghostbuster’s, Weird Science and Flash Gordon were in cinemas and block busters all across the UK and though I definitely wasn’t old enough to see them, my parents thought they were silly films for kids so there wasn’t any harm.
These movies shaped my taste in cinema for years to come, I’m much more excited about an upcoming Marvel movie than I am anything else in my life. But one movie that shaped it more than any other was Back to the Future. For any lamen, back to the future is a series of films about a mad scientist who ends up getting a teenage boy lost in time over and over again, attempting to undo their undoing of history and fixing their broken time machine which happens to be a 1981 Delorean.
That car has become one of the most iconic vehicles in cinema history along side James Bond’s Aston Martin, Ghostbuster’s Ecto 1 and The Mystery Machine. The idea of a car that can take you to any point in time you want is amazing in the true sense of the word, but then the doors open upwards…. Upwards!!!!! That alone was enough to blow my tiny little child mind then the thing fly’s at the end.
Growing up I wanted my first car to be a Delorean, I didn’t need it to have a flux capacitor or tyres that flip over and act as flight boosters, I just wanted to sit in it, go to 88mph and see what happened. Every single journey on the school run I’d ask my dad to rev the engine to 88, my heart pounding as we grew closer and closer to that magic number, thinking “this is it, I’m about to go back to the future!”.
As we’ve all grown older our aspirations of owning an actual Delorean have faded away for more sensible offerings, much like Marty’s parents in the original timeline. But that doesn’t take away the magic and the wanting to own a piece of this cinematic triumph. I still think that Nike Cortez are the best trainers ever made. I own a DMC watch which quietly sports an image of the Delorean on the reverse of the face. These are things I can wear that let me feeler closer to this movie.
Adults and children of all ages collect figures, statues and replicas of anything from the clock that sits inside the Delorean’s dashboard to scale models of the car itself, proudly displaying them for all to see and being able to exclaim “I have a Delorean”Everyone has that movie that makes them feel like a kid again. That movie that takes them back to the first time they saw it, for me it’s the entire BTTF trilogy. Gigawatts, flux capacitors, radioactive plutonium, I still don’t even know what any of that means, but it is cool! And thats what that film was to a child of the 80s, it was cool, effortlessly so.
As a teen I learnt to play Johnny Be Good on guitar just like Marty does at his parents prom in part I and based most of my on stage persona on his moves. After seeing part II all I wanted was a hoverboard and self lacing nikes, not a single kid that saw that film didn’t think we would get to 2015 without those things. I’ve never known a creeping sadness like the despair I felt as 2015 approached closer and closer each year without any signs of a working hoverboard, if Mattel spent less time on Barbie’s Malibu Beach House and more time on hoverboard technology I think the world would’ve been a better place.
And while I don’t have a hoverboard, I do have wearable tech, a video phone and hands free games, so they weren’t far off the mark.And Part III…. Well, it was in the wild west, I guess for a kid in the UK that was always gonna be a hard sell. Not only did the BTTF trilogy infuse every movie about time travel that followed it with some questionable science surrounding alternate realities and space time, but in later years spawning a nostalgia like no other.
Few films can take someone back to the time when they first saw them like BTTF can, every time I hear that score by Alan Silvestri I can feel a grin the width of my face appear and I know I’m about to go on the wildest ride a movie lover can. For a film about time travel, it hasn’t aged a day.
As I too turn 35 this year, it’s easy to look back and wish I could change things, tell that girl that I loved them, quit that job that broke my soul, steal a sports almanac which I’d use to win bets for the next 30 years, but I’m sure at least one of those things would change the course of history. But instead of wishing I’d done things differently I’m looking forward to showing my future kids the greatest trilogy of films ever made.
A huge thank you to our Guest Writer Adam Barnard for sharing his thoughts on the legacy of the Back to the Future Franchise 35 years after its initial debut in 1985.
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Last modified: November 8, 2020