Recently, I’ve been rewatching a few of my old favorite films with my wee monsters. This started because I was talking to them about one of the movies I watched a lot growing up and they… hadn’t even seen it once? It had never occurred to me to sit down with them and watch any of my old favorites but at the same time I was somehow surprised that they had never seen any of them.
Yeah, I don’t know how my brain did that either, but I set out to correct this egregious oversight by watching as many awesome movies from my childhood with my kids as is humanly possible. Clearly, this had to include the series that first introduced me to the science fiction genre: Back to the Future.
I’ve been back to working outside home for a while now so watching the movies in a true marathon hasn’t been an option. We watched one each night over the past week with the first one on Tuesday, Part II on Friday, and Part III on Saturday. I did write some abbreviated thoughts into my Letterboxd (which is like Goodreads for movies, but with half star ratings) so here’s the links to those.
- Back to the Future (1985) 🍿🍿🍿🍿
- Back to the Future Part II (1989) 🍿🍿🍿🍿
- Back to the Future Part III (1990) 🍿🍿🍿🍿
I’m really happy that we watched them together. It was like giving them a part of my childhood, though now they’re wondering what happens with the train at the end? (If you’ve watched the animated series, please let me know in the comments if it occurs after Part III!)
Watching this series together also made it so we were able to talk about some things that might not have come up otherwise. These things weren’t always handled well in the movies, but they made great conversation starters for us and learning opportunities for the monsters. You know, besides the usual “don’t travel back in time because you might change something” discussion. That would have been too obvious.
In Back to the Future, Marty visits the past and accidentally interrupts his parents’ romantic beginnings. This effectively makes it so that Marty risks not existing at all anymore and he has to straighten it out. There’s a scene where the issue of consent comes up. While my monsters are still relatively young, it’s never too early to discuss body autonomy with your kids.
There’s a part in Back to the Future Part II where Marty’s son is bullied into participating in a robbery. We got to talk about right and wrong decisions and how it might be tough to make the right decision when someone is bullying you. There’s another part in the same movie where Marty decides to bring a sports almanac back with him. We got to have a discussion about how cheating is always the wrong decision.
Finally, in Back to the Future Part III we got to talk again about body autonomy (when Clara is dancing with Buford Tannen) and how her reaction was justified. We also got to talk about how the portrayal of Native Americans is inaccurate and unacceptable. Finally, we talked about how sometimes you have to think with your head and sometimes you have to lead with your heart.
In general though, we just enjoyed watching the movies together. I love that I was able to give my monsters a piece of my childhood. I’m really hoping to continue with a few of the other movies that were my favorites as a kid. It’s going to be great!
What were some of your favorite movies as a kid? Let me know in the comments and maybe we’ll add them to our list! 🙂