The Back to the Future Trilogy has enchanted me since I was tiny and I unashamedly rank the first one among my film favourites. Perhaps one of the most recognisable and iconic parts of the series (apart from that delorean ) is in the 2015 scenes of the second film with the hoverboard and its apt Mattel product placement logo. Now that it is finally here, its about time I do an expectations vs. reality critique.
*Technically, the film is set on the 21st of October 2015, so we still do have 10 months to go!
A 21st Century obsession with Cosmetic Surgery Doc tells Marty about him going to a rejuvenation clinic to look 30 years younger.
An increase of Green Spaces in urban areas 2015 Hill Valley has a lot more green and an artificial lake and we can only look to the New York highline and the plans for a green bridge in London to see a growing trend.
Increased use of fingerprint recognition Maybe not to pay for things and as a substitute to house keys but using our fingerprints is becoming a far greater daily occurrence. The latest iphones and plenty of computers use fingerprint recognition.
Flat Screen Televisions
Hundreds of Channels
An unhealthy obsession with film sequels Marty finds that the cinema is showing Jaws 19. This is sadly true. How many good films have been ruined by bad franchises.
Tourism in Vietnam Vietnam has opened its doors to tourism a lot in recent years but quite an unthinkable place to holiday in the 80s.
What the film got a tad wrong::
Flying Cars and Skyways I mean, really? They didn't give us very much time.
Fax Machines Just ask anyone millenial what a fax machine is? I promise you they won't know. I've no clue.
Hoverboards Another thing 'in the works.' As long as they tell me when its ready. I swear I'd pay a lot of money for one of those.
Auto adjusting and auto drying clothes
Robot controlled Petrol stations
An unhealthy obsession with spandex More 1980s than 2015.
A Female President This was a nice prediction. It's still pretty good that we have a half black president. How's that for progress. And we could very well see a female president elected in November 2016, possibly Hilary.
Newspaper readership of 3 billion Apparently, in 2015, USA Today boasts 3 billion readers. Firstly, how could they possibly have that many readers and also this doesn't predict the decline of print publishing.
An efficient legal system hahaha
The rise of Japan The assumption that Japan would be a great superpower and this would also filter down into things like dress sense etc.