In first run, BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II earned a third of $1 billion, worldwide. It picks up precisely where [[ASIN:B0027BW4QI the first story]] ends (with a notable change: Jennifer is now played by Miss Shue). This is both one of the finest sequels ever and a personal favorite of director Bob Zemeckis.
Here, Marty's, Doc's and Jen's trip to the year 2015 disastrously skews the past when elderly Biff Tannen steals Doc's time traveling DeLorean and goes back to 1955, where he gives a 1950-2000 Gray's Sports Almanac to his teenaged self. The younger Biff is thus able to wager on sporting events and win every time. He becomes a millionaire at age 21 and soon Hill Valley and nearly everyone's lives are changed for the worst. To put things right, Marty returns to 1955 with Doc. They must somehow get the almanac from young Biff without further altering the past, their present and the future; a seemingly impossible task.
Although not as charming as [[ASIN:B0027BW4QI the original film]], this one surpasses it in creativity and plotting. Here, actors must play multiple roles. For example, Michael J. Fox is FIVE characters: Marty at two ages, plus his teen self misidentified as Calvin Klein in 1955, and both his son and his daughter in 2015. B2TF2 has a brilliant script perfectly executed, with precise recreations of entire sequences from the 1985 blockbuster that are simply astounding.
I'm awed every time I see this one.
Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll rating.
(7.8) Back to the Future Part II (1989) - Michael J. Fox/Christopher Lloyd/Lea Thompson/Elisabeth Shue/James Tolkan/Marc McClure/Wendie Jo Sperber/Thomas F. Wilson/Casey Siemaszko/Billy Zane/Jeffrey Weissman/Charles Fleischer/Elijah Wood/Joe Flaherty/Crispin Glover (archive footage)