Rarely does a film come along that captures the hearts of audience members of all ages. Even more rare is when said captivation lasts for decades. This is what happened with the Back to the Future trilogy, and yesterday the present caught up with future.
In the 1989 sequel, Back to the Future Part II, Marty and Doc travel to the seemingly far future, and arrive on the date October 21, 2015. Naturally, the Internet was going crazy over the fact that everything played out in these films is now officially in the past.
Being a huge BTTF fan myself, though not so much of the third installment, I had to acknowledge the day as best as possible.
The first step was to dress for the occasion. The fact that I had a selection of shirts to chose from should have me feeling slightly embarrassed (shockingly enough, it doesn’t). Though, what should really have me embarrassed is that I treated this decision like Sophie’s Choice.
After the conundrum of selecting attire, I ultimately decided to wear one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Then, I took a trip down memory lane and re-read Entertainment Weekly’s 2010 reunion issue featuring Michael J. Fox and Lea Thompson. In addition, I glanced through some photos from a trip to Universal Studios where the movies were filmed.
Later in the afternoon was where my love of BTTF was truly tested. Anyone who knows me knows that my poison is Diet Coke and never Pepsi. However, being that I couldn’t get my hands on a Pepsi Perfect, I had to take one for the team and have a run-of-the-mill Pepsi – something that probably hasn’t been done since 2005.
Following the soda-capades was a trivia contest in Uptown Normal. A group of people flocked together to test their knowledge of the films and some of the smarter fans walked away with prizes. I walked away with disappointment in myself for not taking advantage of my limited skill-set.
Overall, the high point of the day was the camaraderie that October 21 ignited. In addition to texts acknowledging the date, the day ended with my friend surprising me with an awesome Back to the Future comic book.
#BackToTheFutureDay was a success, in general. However, Cubs fans everywhere were disappointed that the film’s depiction of a Cubs’ World Series win was officially shut down last night.