Time to nab another moment from the Back To The Future trilogy and add it to the list as my #12 favorite movie moment, this time, it’s from Back To The Future Part II, it’s pretty much the last 10 minutes of the movie, actually the whole last sequence of the film is pretty damn awesome, the final car chase battle for the book between Marty and Biff but I’m mostly looking at the moments after Marty and Doc get the book back from that point on:
What’s great about that scene is how impressive the visuals and the editing still hold up to this day, like the parts where things are changing from the alternate 1985 back to the present day 1985, those effects still hold up really well for the time.
On top of that, they do a good job of teasing the audience, making you think that we’re coming to the end of the story, the mission is done, they got the book, burned it, everything is back to normal, right? And then, lightning strikes the Delorean sending it and Doc back inevitable to 1885. I also like how the Delorean has like backwards 99s in fire when it gets sent back. And basically, Marty ends up once again trapped in 1955 this time thinking that Doc is gone until the Western Union man (played by Joe Flaherty) gives Marty the message from Doc in the past.
And Michael J. Fox’s performance in this sequence is just perfection, he nails every aspect of acting he needs to bring to this performance in this scene like I love how the second the Western Union guy said “we’ve had that hidden for the past 70 years”, Marty’s already invested and his performance perfectly encapsulates every emotion needed in that scene right down to the final line of “He’s alive. The Doc’s alive. He’s in the old west but he’s alive.” It’s a great scene and that also continued in the cliffhanger:
Like in the rest of the film, they do a good job of recapturing a lot of the scenes from the previous movie and that last scene is perfectly blended with a rebooting of the scene from the first movie mixed in with the new scene with Marty from 1985 coming back from the future and thus leading into Part III.
This is why the Back To The Future trilogy holds up as one of the greatest trilogies of all time because they did such a good job of keeping everything even, not going too overboard with storylines that wouldn’t get resolutions, everything gets nicely sealed up and in the case of Part II leads right into the climax of the trilogy.
As a kid growing up in the 90s, my #11 favorite movie moment was a staple of the timeperiod:
The opening scene from The Lion King still holds up as one of the greatest openings not just for an animated movie but one of the greatest openings of all time.
The Lion King has the single best introduction of any Disney movie ever. This song comes straight out of the gates and swings straight for the fences. The visuals, the music, the setting, the tone, the sunrise… it is just perfect.
This intro scene was so good, this was what Disney used to sell the movie to the public at first. Disney opted to feature a single scene, the entire opening sequence with the song “Circle of Life”. Buena Vista Pictures Distribution president Dick Cook said the decision was made for such an approach because “we were all so taken by the beauty and majesty of this piece that we felt like it was probably one of the best four minutes of film that we’ve seen”, and Don Hahn added that “Circle of Life” worked as a trailer as it “came off so strong, and so good, and ended with such a bang”. The trailer was released in November 1993, accompanying The Three Musketeers in theaters, as only a third of The Lion King had been completed.
I mean, that’s how confident they were that this was going to take off in the way it did and for the kids growing up at the time and had the chance to see this movie in the theaters and on video, this scene still holds up just like a good majority of the movie.