Judge John Hodgman on What Constitutes Time Travel - The New York Times

Judge John Hodgman on What Constitutes Time Travel - The New York Times

Tony writes: My son read that the director James Gunn’s favorite time-travel movie is “A Christmas Carol.” That isn’t time travel! Please find against Scrooge, my son and James Gunn, just to be safe. (P.S.: I was mistaken. Apparently it was Robert Zemeckis who said this.)

Interesting! I had never thought of Scrooge’s big night as time travel! And for that reason I find against you. “Back to the Future” is wonderful but only one template for time travel in movies. There’s the multiple-timelines concept, as in “Avengers: Endgame,” which would account, say, for an alternate universe in which Robert Zemeckis, director of “Back to the Future,” could be wrong about time travel. But as with all these stories, they are designed to inspire imagination, not stamp it out as you seek to do with your own Tiny Tim. Go buy your son the biggest goose in town as damages.