If you grew up like I did, many of the books, television shows, and movies that shaped your childhood didn’t actually come out of the era in which you were born into, thanks mom and dad. Some of the more well known movies that I can remember loving as a child include Star Wars, The Princess Bride, and Snow White.
One such movie I can vividly remember watching was the Back to the Future series, which had Dr. Emmet Brown (Chistopher Lloyd) inventing a time-traveling DeLorean, and Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) being sent thrity years into the past. Because of how cool I though Marty McFly was, I have seen a fair few of Michael J. Fox’s other rolls, some of which include Teen Wolf, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, and Stuart Little.
As such, when I found out that Michael J. Fox had released a book entitled A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future I knew I had to have it. Did the Michael J. Fox of my childhood translate to where I am now as an adult? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Leasons Learned is Michael J. Fox’s advice to recent graduates about recognizing the obstacles in life and rolling with them. From his abandonment of high school, to his move from Canada to California to pursue an acting career, Fox reflects on how he’s learned the most from not knowing what life has in store.
Firstly, I did chose to listen to this book rather than read it because I find I get more out of celebrity autobiographies if I can hear them reading it. When a celebrity comedian reads there book, well, I found myself laughing when Fox wanted me to laugh, ponder when he wanted me to ponder, and put emphasis on those parts that Fox felt needed to be taken away.
The autobiography was very lineal in its presentation, following first Fox’s choice to drop out of high school all the way up until the present where he is a activist for Parkinson’s disease. I particularly enjoyed the section on Fox’s ability to juggle Back to the Future and Family Ties, showing that when you love what you do you will give up everything including sleep to achieve it.
I do wish the autobiography focused a little more on Fox’s Parkinson’s disease diagnosis and how he has managed to keep his optimism and humor, but I can also respect Fox’s decision to keep the autobiography focused on advice for the future.
In all, I think I would have been able to take away more from this autobiography if I was soon to be graduate. I know J.K. Rowling has a similar ‘advice to graduates’ book so maybe I’ll think of picking that up closer to my graduation in Spring 2017.
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.