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Watch: Time Travel With Siskel & Ebert’s Reviews Of The ‘Back To The Future’ Trilogy

Watch: Time Travel With Siskel & Ebert's Reviews Of The 'Back To The Future' Trilogy

As “Back To The Future” fans know, today — October 21, 2015 — is a very important one on the calendar. It’s the date that Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) jump to in “Back To The Future Part II,” and while I’m still waiting for my hoverboard, the arrival of the real date has become an occasion to celebrate the series.

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Universal will be rolling out the red carpet tonight for a special screening of “Back To The Future” tonight, and there will be showings of the entire trilogy in theaters around the country. However, Robert Zemeckis feels lucky to have been able to make the movie when he did, because he doesn’t think the picture would fly in day’s current environment.

“Sadly, I don’t think anyone would make that film today. I don’t think the audience would understand it or have the interest in seeing that movie,” he told Yahoo. “I think that what’s happened is that films have fallen into slots or categories. One of the things that’s unique about ‘Back To The Future’ is that back in the days when we had video rental stores they never knew what shelf to put it. They didn’t know if it was a comedy or should be in the science fiction section or the period movie section. They didn’t know where to put it and that’s what makes it unique and what gives it such longevity. But it’s very difficult for audiences nowadays to spend their money to see something if they don’t already know exactly what it’s going to be ahead of time.”

That said, it’s still surprising the studio hasn’t tried to reboot the property, but even if they try, Zemeckis and screenwriter Bob Galewho are legally able to block any such efforts — won’t let it happen.

“We’ve done a trilogy, the movies turned out really well and those are the only Back to the Future stories we have left in us,” Zemeckis told IGN.

While Lloyd enjoys playing the character, he doesn’t see any more big screen time travel in his future. “Bob Zemeckis and Bob Gale, they kind of thought the third completed the story, and that was that,” the actor told EW. “It would have to be really, really innovative and match the quality of the first films, and that’s a tough thing to do. Usually sequels don’t measure up to the quality of the original. It’d be tough at this point. But if it happened, I would love to be Doc Brown again.”

However, if Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert were still with us, they’d probably have mixed feelings about more. Below, you can see the “Siskel & Ebert” reviews for the entire series. They both liked the first movie, but had split opinions on the sequels. For a bonus round, check out the Honest Trailer for the movie by Screen Junkies.



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