Part II Minute 2 – Shue-gazing

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Doc Brown arrives in the DeLorean to take Marty and Jennifer to the future.


2 thoughts on “Part II Minute 2 – Shue-gazing

  1. Christopher Lloyd is an accomplished burster. <3 That's why we love him so much. He might be this incredibly shy, reserved guy in real life, but when he's in the mode, he's a force of nature. 😀

    The interesting part of this recap is the fact that when you look at Christopher Lloyd, he looks damn near *dead*. He's so pale, he looks like he's about to fall over and just die on the spot. We know that Doc isn't *that* old, but holy shit, do a film comparison of the two scenes. Doc almost looks like he's *decomposing*.

    The blocking! It's hard to recreate something that was awesome, and there was also the fact that there was time that passed since the last time they shot this scene. Now they have to recreate it from memory, and that's gotta be hard. "What was I doing? What was I thinking? How did I react to this last time and why?" have to be going through their minds, and they didn't rehearse enough to feel comfortable, I think? (Granted, MJF is a TV actor, so I dunno how many times they rehearse before they shoot. Maybe they do it less, and MJF has to wing it a lot?)

    In terms of cartoony-ness of 2 and 3, you can feel that they were trying to recreate what made BTTF so special, only there's a combination of factors that really made it special, and maybe the Bobs didn't quiiiiite make it work. It's easy to think that the action in Part 1 is cartoony because the prominent chase scenes are literally Marty getting chased in circles (the terrorists, Biff and his goons in 1955), but the thing is that the way that the chase scenes were done, you didn't really think too hard about it. It was Exciting and Dramatic, and you were really worried that Marty was going to be hurt or killed, instead of calling attention to the fact that they just took another left turn. In Part 2 and 3, it's like the Bobs knew that it was just another left turn, and so they went with cartoony action (which is disappointing).

    What especially sucks about Jennifer's presence is less that Jennifer sucks as a character, and more that the Bobs themselves had no idea what to do with the character. They thought she was the Load, so they needed to incapacitate her to get her out of the way so that they could get back to the Doc-and-Marty show. I don't mind that they stick with the winning formula, but there had to be a better way to get Jennifer out of the picture. Jennifer takes one look at the car and goes, "NUH-UH. Marty, this is a you-and-Doc thing, so you and your boyfriend have fun, and I'll be here when you get back." would've been fine (though without the bf reference). But! Oh, well.

    (I'm so looking forward to the next issue of the comics. With the way #6 ended, I'm so excited.)

    • You know what I think? I think the Bobs never imagined while writing the first film’s screenplay that the chase sequences would be so small in scale. The earlier drafts seem to have the sequences cover more ground (at least one chase ends at a railroad crossing, with Marty skidding by just before a train speeds through). The limited budget of the film–tightened after they had to recast the lead role–led to the chase scene being shot on a smaller scale. But the Bobs had always envisioned it being bigger, so they made it FEEL bigger and more important to distract from the fact that Biff’s driving Marty in circles.

      I already know I’m going to be saying this a lot, but Part 2 is much more self-aware than the first one. Leaper makes a good point: the second movie references the first, and because the Bobs knew the smallness of the chase, the movie knows the smallness of the chase. Just like how the Bobs wanted the first movie’s sequence to be big, so the movie wanted the first sequence to be big. That could contribute to the “cartoony” action Leaper associates with the chases in the second one.

      And also, the first movie was the Bobs’ pride and joy. They kept with it for years shipping it out to over forty potential production companies. There’s a ton of earnesty in that script and in the making of the movie, and it comes through. In the BTTF Minute episode for the original skateboard sequence, you guys talked about how earnest it feels. By the time the sequel was filmed, they weren’t underdogs anymore. They weren’t fighting to make a great movie against big odds. And that comes through, too.


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