We Don’t Need Roads – A Book Review

So today I decided to take another break from writing about anxiety and write a book review! I just finished reading We Don’t Need Roads. The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy by Caseen Gaines. Now, before I start the review, I’d like to tell you all that Back to the Future is my favorite movie of all time and the trilogy altogether are my favorite movies, so I’m a big fan of Back to the Future. However, I’m not one to collect everything I can of the movie or go to conventions. I do, however, have the trilogy, a cute Funko Pop Vinyl of Doc, and now this book! So without further ado, let the book review begin! 🙂

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Rating: 4.5/5

My Synopsis and Opinion:

We Don’t Need Roads The Making of The Back to the Future Trilogy by Caseen Gaines is an amazingly written book. From the first moment you begin reading it, you’re hooked. Being a Back to the Future fan, I was curious about Back to the Future facts and this book certainly delivers.

Gaines manages to include interesting information about all three movies. While movie facts are always flying around, Gaines does a great job of including some that I had never previously heard. The author goes into talking about how the movie making process began, how the cast members were picked, issues that came up in the making of the movie, and of course, the wonderful magic of the Delorean, Hoverboards, and everything in between.

The book is amazing at getting interviews from the main cast members. Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, and Lea Thompson are just a few of the cast members whose words about the movies are documented in this book. Another great thing about the way Caseen Gaines writes is that he finds out what the actors all thought of each other and it’s not always nice. It’s not a book completely filled with actors saying how amazing and friendly the other actors were, it really gets in touch with the reality of the movie business and how not everyone always gets along.

Another great thing about We Don’t Need Roads are the creatively titled chapters and dates that go along with the following events. The in-depth description of how each movie was made and how much time and energy it took really makes you feel connected with the movies in ways that you may never have felt connected before.

The only thing that makes the book less than perfect is the fact that when speaking of the last movie in the trilogy, the author seems to not include much information, but rather sum it all up. He does mention some facts about the movie, but before you know it the next chapter is starting and we’re learning about the making of toys and products for the movies instead of the last movie itself.

All in all I think this is a fabulous book for any Back to the Future fan who wants to learn about the making of a great movie. As someone who has the awful habit of not completing the books that I start, it’s a testament to the book that I kept reading and quite intently. I was fascinated by the information and all I wanted to do was share the interesting facts! Gaines is a great writer and he certainly shows just how much investigating he did into the movie. I encourage all Back to the Future fans to check the book out!

Sorry if this wasn’t the best book review. It was kind of my first. The bottom line is that this book was really good and I definitely recommend it! I’m also not against those who go to conventions and collect stuff from movies. I just wanted to point out that while I love the movie, I mostly just watch the movies a lot.

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7 thoughts on “We Don’t Need Roads – A Book Review

  1. shaunk84 says:

    This is great! I agree with you, that’s interesting that the cast would also open up about some of the negative stuff as well, because too often in these books you get a lot of cliches about how good everyone was. Does it get into the decision making process behind when they knew they were going to make sequels, and how that was all going to work, and what direction they wanted to go? That interests me also. But it sounds really interesting, I’m glad you suggested it to me not too long ago. For sure I will get to it around the holidays. Oh, and this is a pretty solid book review! Especially for never having done one before!

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