In 2013 a Back to the Future fan went on a crowdfunding website, Kickstarter, to raise funds for a documentary on the trilogy.
Having raised $45,000 (£36,000 post Brexit) Jason Aron then spent 2 years filming in America and briefly in England to find out what was the impact this film series has had.
I would imagine the $45,000 is not a lot of money but somehow Jason managed to record interviews with most of the cast, the films writers and co-producers as well as Steven Spielberg and fans that include US TV show Rick and Morty’s creator.
While we do have a lot of interesting stories on the making of the show. For instance Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale’s immense difficulty to get a studio to take the film on and Michael J. Fox’s intense filming schedule due to a recording conflict with a TV show he was filming at the same time called Family Ties.
Back in Time is really about the legacy and impact of the series rather than ta making of.
We see tribute bands as well as an event in London where they recreated Hill Valley and hundreds turned up in 1950’s outfits to mingle, trade and watch a live reenactment of some of the first films most iconic scenes.
Stories involving salvaging a DeLorean at Universal Studios that had been left abandoned to rot in a parking space or a couple that restored a DeLorean and now travel America raising funds for the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
Fan recount how the series impacted them and helped them fight through illness or difficult times in their lives.
As you would expect for a documentary like this.
They take you to a DeLorean car show that would make any BttF fan green with envy. It did me.
They talk about the technology of BttF with the obligatory technology behind the hoverboard.
While the sudden changes from how the films ware made to say the science behind them does come across as a bit unconnected and seem to flit between portions at times there is always something interesting for a BttF fan.
Interviews with Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Claudia Wells, Lea Thompson, Huey Lewis, Alan Silvestri, James Tolkan, Donald Fullilove and Jeffrey Weissman to name well most of the stars it sadly doesn’t have Thomas F. Wilson, Elisabeth Shue and Crispin Glover though I suspect we know why with Crispin.
Overall I liked this. As a massive BttF fan I was more interested in the history behind the series and the impact it has had more than some of the fan stories but the event in London and restoration at Universal Studios was good to watch.
If you’re a fan of the series then check this out.