We’ve finally reached Oct. 21, 2015, guys (the date in the future that Doc Brown and Marty McFly visit in Back to the Future: Part II), and you know what that means: We’re supposed to be dropping the kids off at daycare in our flying cars before coasting into the office on our super-chic hoverboards and we’re definitely not supposed to be worrying about tying our shoelaces (because they tie themselves) – at least according to Robert Zemeckis.
In the 1989 cult classic, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) travel through time from 1985 to 2015, and audiences have been looking forward to the technological advances portrayed in the fictional 2015 ever since. Because Hollywood is always right about everything, obviously.
So, what exactly did Back to the Future: Part II get right (and wrong) about the world we live in? Let’s take a look:
Wrong: A floating skateboard is not a viable form of transportation…yet
This one hurts. It hurts a lot, okay? If we had to give up all the other things the movie got right so that hoverboards could be a thing, we’d do it in a heartbeat. Just look at how easily people were duped into believing this fake hoverboard ad (which Funny or Die later admitted to creating.) But, alas, it wasn’t meant to be. There is a small sliver of hope though: A Canadian engineer has built his own version and is currently testing it out!
With some help from Tony Hawk, a company called Hendo Hover is also currently making their very own version of the hoverboard. Keep your fingers crossed, people.
Right: Video chat is totally a thing
In the movie, we catch a middle-aged Marty communicating with his not-so-good pal Needles through a “video telephone,” which is pretty much the Hill Valley equivalent of FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts or any other of a number of our various video-calling apps. Score one point for the McFlys, folks.
Wrong: We’re still tripping over our untied shoelaces
Marty’s Nike “power lace” shoes are cool and all, but it doesn’t look like self-tying sneaks are a thing for us regular folk. Back in 2011, Nike promised to release their Back to the Future shoe called the Nike Air MAG this year and on Oct. 21, they shipped their first pair to Marty (Michael J. Fox) himself. Nike says us regular folk will have to wait until 2016 to bid on a few more pairs. All proceeds will go towards the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
Right: 3-D movies and holograms do scare the heck out of us
Remember when Marty first stepped into 2015 and thought a great white shark was about to eat him? We sported that same look of terror when Michael Jackson’s hologram performed at the Billboard Music Awards. Yikes. We’re sure 3-D movies and holograms of dead artists will continue to be a thing this year. Thanks for the warning, Marty.
Right: Watching six TV channels at the same time is way cool
Back to the Future: Part II showcased massive, flat-screen TVs displaying multiple channels at the same time. Let’s keep in mind that back in 1989, people were watching TV on boxy, square tube screens (sometimes with rabbit ears on top). So glad we’ve moved on from that. We’re great multi-taskers, so the fact that we can now watch six channels all at once is a win in our books.
Wrong: Cars just aren’t flying around in the air
It doesn’t look like you’ll be flying to grandma’s in your Dodge Caravan anytime soon. This is another big prediction fail that’s sure to disappoint basically everyone on the planet. Although, at least we don’t have to worry about the thousands of in-air car crashes that would occur on a daily basis.
Right: Video glasses are here, and they’re still funny-looking
Ah, there’s Marty Junior and his sister, Marlene, enjoying dinner while wearing their “electronic video glasses.” They can watch two shows at once and make video calls with these bad-ass specs. It’s a good thing we have Google around, because they’re the ones who made these awesome (though awkward) devices i.e. Google Glass a reality. We also have the way cooler Oculus rift, that allows you to step into a virtual reality. Goodbye boring kitchen, hello Yankee stadium. If Junior and his sis got their hands on these products, they’d feel right at home. We’re sure about that.
What’s your favourite Back to the Future: Part II 2015 prediction? Let us know in the comments below.