Back to The Future: arguably one the greatest movies, and one of the greatest trilogies, of all time.
If you’re one to willfully suspend your disbelief at the push of a button and can get behind some seriously Oedipal themed story lines, this is the film for you. You’ve got your hero: Marty McFly; an underdog from generations of underdogs, Christopher Lloyd as the crazy Doc Brown, who gets wasted by angry Libyans, and Crispin Glover as George McFly—I think there are also some ancillary characters here or there.
McFly is a wannabe rock star who inadvertently ends up thirty years into the past to bring his parents together and save himself from complete and utter destruction. Time paradox scenarios aside, it’s a brilliant movie. Incredibly timeless, while still being chock full of 80’s nonsense.
The one scene that has always made me scratch my head (and let’s put on our poker faces and pretend time travel is totally possible) is the Enchantment Under the Sea dance at the end.
It’s Marty’s big moment: He’s sealing his parents fate as lovers, his fate as human, and his fate at a rock star. So he plays “Johnny B. Goode”, everyone dances, rock and roll is born or whatever, and he tells the audience that their kids are going to love it.
So my question is: Why didn’t he play “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and The News?
The movie drips with the Huey.
Within the opening five minutes of the “Back To The Future”, Huey Lewis’ “Back In Time” is dropped on us. This sets the tone of things to come. Huey is useful, totally appropriate. When Marty’s band, The Pinheads, audition for battle of the bands, they’re quickly shut down for being “too darn loud.” And which song do they audition with? “Power of Love” Yet again, another appropriate song—as it concerns Marty’s relationship with his girlfriend, Jennifer. She loves him, too – she wrote it on the back of that “Save the Clock Tower” poster that may, or may not, be integral in the film’s plot.
So why didn’t Marty play “Power of Love” at the end? We get to the very last scene, where we see how the power of love LITERALLY SAVES MARTY’S LIFE and he plays “Johnny B. Goode” A song about a kid who can play guitar. Marty always knew how to play guitar – the only time he had some trouble was when he was being erased from existence. Look – I’m not saying we have to re-shoot the movie, but for fuck’s sake, Huey Lewis was born in 1950, right? So what if some slutty high school senior in 1955 brings baby Huey Lewis to the prom and we do a close-up on his little mind being blown with Marty’s weird foreign music—then cut back to Marty, Doc, and Jennifer at a Huey Lewis show in 1985 and Huey looks at Marty and just knows…
That’s the power of love.
Courtesy of Candy and Pizza.