What Did Back To The Future Get Right About 2015?

We're still waiting for those hoverboards

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For fans of 80’s cult classic Back To The Future II, today is a very special day indeed, because the 21st of October 2015 is the day in 'the future' that Marty Mcfly and Doc Brown travel to in their their DeLorean.

The 1989 film made many bold predictions, ranging from self-tying shoes to rehydrated pizza, but just how close was the film with its forecast into the prospective present day?

In honour of this momentous occasion, we go through the boldest prophecies made in BTF2 and see how they hold up 26 years after the film’s release.

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Self-Lacing Shoes

Arguably the most iconic pair of film trainers ever, Marty Mclfy’s self-tying, glowing Nike Mags have had sneaker heads drooling for decades. In 2011 Nike released a limited series of the shoes on eBay to raise money for Parkinsons, but they were missing the crucial power strap that self-tied in the film.

However, Nike sent out this cryptic tweet earlier today, which may suggest the holiest pair of all holy grail trainers are set to be dropped and will put an end to the collectors’ years of strife.

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Hoverboards

The most coveted item from the trilogy, the hover boards in the world of BTTF were sleek, colourful and plentiful, but in our version of 2015, things haven’t quite gone so smoothly.

Lexus have recently created a prototype version, which uses magnets to create the board’s lift, but it doesn’t look like it’ll be in an Argos catalogue for a few years yet.

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Our closest bet is the current transport-du jour, the ‘swegway’. Beloved by Bieber, Brooklyn Beckham and Cara, these sad looking stand-up scooters aren’t quite as slick as Marty’s option, but at least they’re trying?

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Fashion

Marty Mcfly’s wardrobe actually holds up remarkably well 26 years later. Bomber jackets have been huge since the Gosling donned that majestic silk and scorpion number in Drive and there’s no sign of flares or gaudy patches on those jeans. All very on trend.

 

Food

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For the hungry denizens of 1989’s version of 2015, you could just slip a tiny pizza into a rehydrator and it would be full sized and ready, seconds later. Obviously this is a vital stage of culinary progress that we have failed to reach...until now!

Pizza Express have ‘invented’ instant pizza. Just slap it in your rehydrator, which you will definitely own, and seconds later you can be enjoying the future of Sloppy Giussepe.

 

 

Tech

This one was hit and miss, BTTF2 did predict smart glasses, flatscreen TV’s and a type of iPad looking device and video calls, but it also banked on fax machines being big in 2015, along with a glaring omission of mobile phones and the internet. 

 

The DeLorean

 

Unfortunately Doc’s future-bending ride never really caught on, BUT, for one day only you can head down to Carnaby street today and catch a glimpse of the most iconic 80’s time-travelling car in film.

Uber and Pepsi have teamed up to give users a chance to actually drive one too! Just enter the promo code PEPSIMAX into the Uber app for your chance to win.

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