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#FutureDay - What if Back To The Future’s Marty & Doc visited 2015 today?
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#FutureDay - What if Back To The Future’s Marty & Doc visited 2015 today?

Appropriately named #FutureDay, today (October 21st 2015) - being the date Back To The Future mainmen Marty & Doc travelled to in Part II - is officially Back to the Future Celebration Day. But, without Hoverboards, flying cars and the Black & Decker Hydrator producing oven fresh pizza in seconds, the reality of 2015 is not exactly how director Robert Zemeckis and writer Bob Gale envisioned. Substituting BTTF’s 2015 for our own, we thought we’d have some fun and  take a look at the 5 things Marty & Doc would do if they travelled to Hill Valley today...

 

No Hoverboard Chase...

One of the most iconic scenes in the trilogy, the Hoverboard chase pitting Marty against Griff and his gang members is still as thrilling to watch today as it was in 1989. But if Marty travelled to Hill Valley today, what form of futuristic transport would the chase take place on? Our money would be on a pack of Segways. Sure it wouldn’t be anywhere near as fast, but certainly entertaining to see…

 

Changing the news...

In the movie, the news updates instantly, with the help of drone cameras. And, as drones aren’t quite there yet, if it were today, the news would be updated via Twitter & Instagram with witness photos and trending hashtags. It’s bizarre to imagine Doc pulling a smartphone out of his pocket to check whether #GriffGoesToJail was trending to see if they had succeeded in their mission.

 

Dinner in the McFly house...

One of the coolest moments of BTTF Part II is seeing the Black & Decker Hydrator working its magic on a tiny packet pizza, turning it into a 15 inch delicious piece of doughy goodness in just a few seconds. If the McFly’s were gathering to eat a pizza today, bar cooking it in the oven, they’d probably jump on the nearest phone and order a takeaway via a handy app. Not as cool, but equally lazy.

 

No Cafe 80’s...

As the decade’s fashion seems to be forever part of the zeitgeist, the ironic nostalgia-bar, Cafe 80’s would likely not exist. So, where would Marty rendezvous with Griff? It’s hard to imagine the confrontation taking place in a Costa Coffee or Shake Shack.

 

No Sports Almanac...

The MacGuffin that pushes BTTF Part II’s second act, the Sports Almanac would have no need to exist in our reality. Instead, Marty would simply need to purchase a smartphone and check Wikipedia. Although that would somewhat change the outcome of the movie’s climax, as wifi wouldn’t be available in the 1955 set third act. Maybe older Biff would take a screenshot and show his younger self the photo? But the later ‘Oh La La’ gag in Strickland’s office would be gone for good.

 

So, if Marty & Doc travelled to the real 2015 today, it would certainly be a very different movie. And nowhere near as iconic. Thankfully we get relive the future Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale envisioned, along with Parts I & III and a whole host of special features, in the stunning 30th Anniversary Box Set an dream of Hoverboards, flying cars and self tying trainers.

 

The Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Collection is available on DVD & Blu-ray, in-store and online now.