Back to the Future today: 10 things the film got right about 2015

Back to the Future Part II
Back to the Future Part II

As of tomorrow, Back To The Future 2 will be a film depicting the past. Woah!

October 21, 2015, marks ‘Back to the Future Day’, the date Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) and Doctor ‘Doc’ Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) landed in the future from the 1980s time-travel film sequel.

In 1989’s Back to the Future Part II sequel to the original 1985 sci-fi comedy classic, time travellers Marty and Doc go forward to a futuristic 2015.

The exact time that Marty travels in Doc’s flying DeLorean into the future is 4.29pm and film fans around the world will mark the event today.

But what did the film actually get right and wrong?

Well for starters, there is no Jaws 19. Thank god, after the fourth one was terrible (in my opinion.)

Flying cars are also a big nope, unfortunately, but we all know they’re being released soon. Right?

Hoverboards, while not quite sticking to the design in the film, do exist. Lexus (for whatever reason) have made one, and you can see top professional skaters trying (and failing) to use this device here:

Sadly, as much as we might want them, they haven’t ‘taken off’, yet. In the film, Marty steals a hoverboard from a small girl on the street. It works everywhere except on water.

In the real 2015, hoverboards have yet to properly appear and the ‘real’ ones only work on magnetic surfaces.

Holograms and projections, we’ve surpassed several times over, and video-calling, with the help of webcams and services such as Skype, has become almost a daily routine. Although, I don’t think they list your wife, your food interests your hobbies, etc as you make the call.

The Cafe ’80s, as shown in the film, is probably out there somewhere. We’ve all become a bit more retro, buying record players and such, and other hit releases like Guardians Of The Galaxy prove that old songs CAN be cool.

Pepsi announced the release of Pepsi Perfect, a long tube-like drink shown in the movie. Unfortunately, there will only be a certain amount made, selling for 20 dollars each. The catch? It’s just regular Pepsi, but come on, it’s perfect!

Now... fax machines. A big craze when the film originally came out, they predicted they would be everywhere, every house having several. That isn’t exactly the case, as they have almost been and gone.

On the clothing side of things, I haven’t seen anyone wearing the almost undescribable outfits... yet. While I don’t pretend to understand fashion, I’m pretty sure there are worse outfits out there today – I need to get one of Griff’s green jackets!

In terms of shoes, self-tying laces WERE announced, set to be released either today or soon. Check them out here:

Here’s a list of 10 things that Back to the Future get right about ‘the future’:

1. Hoverboards

2. Wearable computing

3. Hand-held tablet computers

4. Voice-controlled computing

5. Drone filming news footage

6. Wall-mounted widescreen TVs

7. Video-conferencing

8. Mobile credit-card reader

9. Motion-sensing games controllers

10. The return of 3D to films

And you could add the characters being consumed with personal electronics. Also, did you know, Elijah Wood made his film debut in the film?

Keith Lemon will be providing his own tribute to the 30th anniversary, showing on ITV2 at 9pm. Beforehand though, all three films will be showing.

While I didn’t exactly grow up with the films as they were released, they were still part of my childhood, and still love watching them today. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m out to buy some self-tying Nike Airs and a Lexus hoverboard.