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Soundtrack review: Back to the future II (Alan Silvestri – 1989)

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This score is still as fresh and exciting as it was when it first came out, and I enjoy it almost as much as the movie.

Let’s jump back into the DeLorean and follow the next adventures of Marty McFly and Doc Brown! The second “Back to the future” movie was as much fun as the first. It didn’t lose any of its wits and spirit, and I always look at the first two movies together.

The main theme shines here once again, and it is as immortal and legendary as that car. It’s one of those themes that I remember as dearly as the Superman or Star Wars themes. This time, instead of the skateboard chase we have a hover board chase and the music is just as fun. That theme is still my favorite. The rest of this score though has a slightly darker tone than the first one. There were some parts in the movie (the year 2015 bits) that showed a kind of desolate and bleak future, and the music reflects that. Cues like “My father!” (I remember the horror on Marty’s face when he realized that, in that alternate timeline, Biff was his father), “If they ever did” or “Pair O’Docs” have some pretty tense parts.

There’s a lot more action then comedy in the score for “Back to the future II”, but, once again, it mirrors the movie perfectly. When I listen to the score now, except memories from the movie I also get a desire to watch “Lost”. Some of the tracks, like “Tunnel chase” or “The book” have some motifs which I recognize from Michael Giacchino’s works 25 years later.

This score is still as fresh and exciting as it was when it first came out, and I enjoy it almost as much as the movie.

Cue rating: 79 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 26 / 45

Album excellence: 59%

Highlights:

Main Title

Hoverboard Chase

The Book

Tunnel Chase

Burn The Book

End Title

 

About the author

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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