After the “5 perfect movies” challenge on social media has been trending this week, Gunn has revived an old debate that plagued the 1985 science fiction classic, why Marty McFly’s parents George and Lorraine, don’t they remember Marty?
After going back in time in Dr. Emmett Brown’s DeLorean, Marty – by the name of Calvin Klein – is forced to play with a matchmaker after inadvertently changing the timeline of his parents’ first meeting.
Fans have long debated why George and Lorraine never noticed any similarity between their son Marty and the boy Calvin to whom they were first introduced in 1955.
Gunn argued Twitter that a “perfect film is something that sings from start to finish without obvious errors, whether aesthetic or structural. There are no logical gaps. “
He went on to praise Back to the future, but also pointed to Marty’s parents’ plot hole not recognizing him in the end.
“Back to the SIMILAR Future could be imperfect (why don’t mom and dad remember Marty?), But I would still say that it’s a perfect film because there are reasons why it could be conceivable ( time protects against fraying, etc.). Or maybe I’m in denial. Who knows. “
Pratt weighed in commenting“Maybe they remember him, not as Marty as Calvin. When Marty came back to the present day in 1985, it could have taken years since his parents might have noticed the strange resemblance between their son and this high school kid 20 years earlier. “
Several other commentators on Gunn’s post agreed with Pratt’s position: either the parents had already noted the resemblance years ago in the newly modified timeline, or they may have completely forgotten Calvin, who was not in their lives only for a few days 30 years ago.
The film’s co-writer, Bob Gale, therefore decided to settle the debate once and for all. Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Gale said, “Keep in mind that George and Lorraine only got to know Marty / Calvin for six days at the age of 17, and they didn’t even see him all these six days. So many years later, they may remember this interesting child who brought them together on their first date. “
He then showed how the scenario could play out in our own lives. “But I would ask anyone to think back to their own high school days and ask how much they remember a child who could have been in school even for a semester. Or someone you dated only once. If you didn’t have a photo reference, after 25 years, you would probably just have a blurry memory. “
He continued: “So Lorraine and George might think it’s funny to have met someone from Calvin Klein, and even if they thought their 16 or 17 year old son looked like him, it wouldn’t matter . I bet most of us could look through our high school yearbooks and find pictures of our teenage classmates who look a bit like our children. “
Talking about a fourth movie in the series or a reboot had persisted for years, but in an interview with The Telegraph in 2015, Robert Zemeckis, who co-wrote the original and its two sequels, canceled these rumors once and for all.
“It can’t happen until Bob and I are dead,” he said. “And then I’m sure they will, unless our domains can stop it. I mean, to me, this is outrageous. Especially since it’s a good movie. It’s like saying, “Let’s redo Citizen Kane. Who are we going to play Kane? What madness, what madness is this? Why would someone do this? “
Still, fan anticipation was stirred earlier this year after a deepfake scene with Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr. in the roles made famous by Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd went viral.
Holland was asked about a restart and confirmed that these discussions had taken place.
“I would be lying if I said there haven’t been any conversations in the past about doing some sort of remake, but this movie is the most perfect movie – or one of the most perfect movies, which could never be improved, “he told BBC Radio 1.
Fans of the original can decide if it really was a perfect movie when Back to the Future releases Netflix next month.