Part II Minute 87 – Save Yourself

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Marty climbs over the stage to stop Biff’s Goons from attacking himself.

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  1. I don’t think it’s a lack of a hard line to divide the screen that makes this sequence wonky-looking. I’m not sure what it is, but the coloring/lighting on the two different Martys seems off. The Marty playing Johnny B. Goode looks like he’s had his contrast or his color saturation reduced.

    Now that I think of it, in the visual history book it said they had to build the rafters on a soundstage because the stage where they filmed the dance didn’t have that much overhead. So OOOHHH—It’s likely that instead of simply overlapping the two scenes as they have done in the rest of the movie when they were able to keep the set consistent, here, the probably cut out the Marty playing guitar and pasted him over footage of the soundstage set. Which is why he looks slightly out of place/almost out of proportion; he doesn’t belong on that background. I bet that’s what happened.

    “Casual heroism” is the perfect way to describe what Marty does. Like being skateboard-chased around town square by Biff & the gang; it’s small stuff. It just has universal, time-shifting stakes underneath. It’s really well-written when you think about it, how there are paradoxes/rips in the time-space continuum, but every task characters have to do is brought down to the level of the everyday person.

    Marty’s a regular kid who does regular things anyone could do, and somehow this ends with him shifting the world’s timeline. He never has to travel to another planet or use telekinesis or get into complex, back-flipping hand-to-hand combat. He just skateboards and drives cars fast and plays guitar and punches Biff’s entire family tree. And it’s all balanced so the audience doesn’t feel like stakes are too low or too silly to believe.

    And I guess that’s what’s inspiring about this movie. You don’t have to be an expert or have a superpower to do great things; the casual stuff you do in your everyday life can change your life and the lives of those around you.

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