They Set There Mind To It

5582c361320a56cf42413b59_back-to-the-future-ii-01HILL VALLEY — “In designing the future, the team was able to flex their creative muscles. It’s true that “not Blade Runner” can only be carried so far as an edict, but Bob Gale’s screenplay provided valuable clues as to how the Bobs, [Gale and director Robert Zemeckis], wanted the twenty-first century to appear on-screen. Technology would be more ubiquitous, but in a helpfully efficient way, not an oppressive one. Instead of trying to predict where technology was headed in the real world and forecast those guesses on-screen, Gale went for humor, expanding upon some of the gags from the first film, like Marty inventing the first skateboard, and including some in-jokes to mock 1980s popular culture, like the seemingly endless Jaws sequels and even the momentous appeal of Zemeckis’s own Who Framed Roger Rabbit.”

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