Today is ‘Back to the Future’ Day! What is ‘Back to the Future’ Day, you ask? In the ‘Back to the Future’ film franchise, today is the date that Marty McFly travels to in the second installment of the series.
Not familiar with the series? We highly recommend you watch the series immediately (although we’ll forgive you if you skip the third installment). ‘Back to the Future II’ is a science fiction/comedy film set in 1985 and released in 1989. The film immediately follows the original ‘Back to the Future’ movie, and begins with the protagonists, Marty McFly and Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown traveling to the future to save McFly’s yet-unborn children.
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In the movie, the pair travel from October 26th, 1985 to the ‘future’ – October 21st, 2015 – today’s date. ‘Back to the Future’s director, Robert Zemeckis, was quoted as saying he wasn’t fond of setting part of the film in the future. “I always hated – and I still don’t like – movies about the future… I just think they’re impossible, and somebody’s always keeping score.”
Nonetheless, although the film’s vision of the future isn’t quite what we see in our everyday lives today, but some of the film’s predictions have become a reality. Video phone calls, drones, fingerprint readers, and 3D movies are all a part of our life today, and it looks like the famous hoverboard may be a viable reality soon. However, it doesn’t appear as if the average consumer is going to be cruising around in a flying car anytime soon.
To honor the occasion, Apple has updated Siri with several humorous quips related to the movie when users wish Siri a “happy Back to the Future day”. Many of the responses directly reference quotes or items found in the movie – “Let me know if you need to set a timer for your dehydrated pizza” and “be careful who you date today, or you could start disappearing from photos” reference scenes in the film. “Great Scott! The future is here!” references one of Doc Brown’s more famous quotes. To hear more of Siri’s responses, simply bring up Siri and say “happy Back to the Future day”.
One unlikely prediction that may still come true? The movie predicted that the Cubs would win the 2015 World Series. Good luck with that one.