It twists it, shakes it and stands it on its ear. But as before, the film's technical brilliance is the least of its appeals. Satirically acute, intricately structured and deftly paced, it is at heart stout, good and untainted by easy sentiment.
A sequel that challenges the already excellent prequel. I am still undecided which one is the better movie. The first one is more unique but the sequel is also amazing. Since both are truly great movies it does not really mater at the end of the day. While it is also a science fiction comedy it is also different and has a bit of a darker tone than the prequel. The movie starts at the end of the prequel (At the sequel teaser) were Doc Brown appeared again to bring Marty and his girlfriend Jennifer into the future in the year 2015 to prevent serious family troubles there (This sounds fake now as we are already past 2015;-). However because of some carelessness this is just a small inconvenience to the events that happen when they return to the past. I will stop here with the set up to avoid spoilers. The story is magnificent and the twists are remarkable. They could play it safe but tried something new. This works well, is immersive and enjoyable from start to finish. Bonus: Many years later it was interesting to make the comparison between the movie imagination and real year 2015 (The imagination won;-). I will praise the creativity here for the story and worldbuilding. Much of the pop culture knowledge of fictional time travel is from this movie. Again they mastered the balance between seriousness and humor in a way that none harms the other. Also again the great cast delivers a performance that enhances the movie. Lets start with Marty McFly played by Michael J. Fox who again fully delivers his role. Same for Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown who is our beloved eccentric or slightly mad scientist;-). These 2 have such a great chemistry in the franchise. Thomas F. Wilson returns as Biff Tannen and even surpasses his performance from the first movie. It is no wonder why he is one of the most memorable antagonist of his (movie) age. The rest of the cast also adds to the great performance and I will praise all of them. Where this movie is clearly a bit weaker than the prequel is the soundtrack and it is still a good soundtrack. Overall this was a great sequel. It has the strength of the original and fresh ideas. The story and humor in combination with the actors work well. It is an easy recommendation and I will praise director Robert Zemeckis for this great movie.
Director Robert Zemeckis and writer Bob Gale assume you've seen the original and are ready to swallow whatever zany time-travel notion they offer. They're not wrong. As unapologetically broad and silly as this sequel it, it's also a good deal of fun, and its relentless velocity is part of the joke. [4 Dec. 1989, p.78]
Fans of the original should relish going back to Back to the Future, as long as they keep in mind that in movies - as in life - you can't go home again. And if you do, things aren't likely to be the same. [22 Nov 1989, p.E1]
Some of the best bits of the original movie are replayed here but lose their punch the second time around - the horse manure bit, the skate board sequence. Maybe people who never saw the first movie will get a big kick out of them. [22 Nov 1989, p.E1]
The problem with all the time-travel high jinks, involving multiple versions of the major characters (a gimmick that Robert Heinlein handled much better in stories like “By His Bootstraps” and “All You Zombies—”), is that in order to make the plot even semiintelligible, writer Bob Gale and director-cowriter Robert Zemeckis have to turn all these characters into strident geeks and make the frenetic action strictly formulaic.
Given Part II's quality, the final sequence, a series of clips from next summer's Part III, may be a major miscalculation. "To be concluded," reads the final title. Sounds more like a threat than a promise. [22 Nov 1989, p.C9]
The original was back in 1985... Back to the Future II was made in 1989 by the same director (Robert Zemeckis). For me Back to the Future II is the best sequel to the original as we get to see Michael J. Fox as McFly trying to steal back a sports betting book or something called Almanac from Biff (Thomas F.Wilson). This book can make you rich as it has all the answers and correct answers to bets to make you a fortune but sadly it's misused causing a horrible future existence so Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox go back in time to stop the Almanac book from being used by Biff to create a better future.... Back to the Future II is full of great scenes, great characters, weird characters and amazing parts to it and is without doubt my favourite sequel to the original.... Back to the Future III was pretty poor compared to this one and Back to the Future II in my opinion is just as good if not better or equal to the original but the third installment was quite bad. The idea of George McFly being dead in a horrible future with Biff being rich and wealthy and married to Lorraine (Lea Thompson) was a great idea and many of the scenes are done great especially the Delorean scenes and stuff and Michael J. Fox in a black leather jacket rocked. What it did was take the first movie and go beyond what the original was. Excellent film.
2 part was originally supposed to surpass the famous original. But unfortunately, in almost everything it is inferior to the original. The idea is no longer new, the characters are still the same and they do the same actions. As a result, all this looks with a sense of old living. And only the final 1/3 of the film at least somehow entertains and fascinates. Well, of course, the ending in fact does not have 2 part, which is also not pleasing.
There a lack of heart and charm that the first one had in spades. A lot of stupid plot points (such as Marty hating being called chicken to the point where it ruins his life) and I felt that they relied too much on just rehashing everything from the first film rather than being it's own original adventure.