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I love the whole series. I watched Back to the Future for the first time, I know, how could I. But it is SO well written, it is funny, suspenseful, got good twists and its just the right amount of corny. I was not sure whether I would like the third movie, cause generally I'm not a fan at all of anything that plays in Western time. But I can honestly say, I loved it even more than the other two. Seamlessly written to fit right after the second movie, and intriguing and interesting till the very end. Michael J Fox and the dude who plays Doc (sorry, don't know his name) delivered performances that were on point. And that Marty McFly almost learns nothing from these adventures until the very end, yet we are all so intrigued with his character, that is not only good writing but mostly great acting. Definitely recommend. I'm finally also fan of this franchise and I will be watching these movies again for sure.
Back to the Future Part III(1990) picks up where the second film left off and completes the story arc. Marty McFly is stuck in 1955 after the DeLorean is struck by lightning. Marty and a younger version of Doc Brown restore the DeLorean after they find it in a cave. When Marty finds out that Doc Brown was killed in 1885, Marty travels to that time period to take Doc home. In 1885, Doc Brown falls in love with a lovely, educated schoolteacher, Clara Clayton(Mary Steenburgen). Marty, Doc Brown, and Clara are bullied by Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen(Thomas F. Wilson). Marty has to stop Buford Tannen from killing Doc and they have to return to 1985. Back to the Future Part III cuts back on technology and puts more of its focus on plot and character. There's an homage to Once Upon a Time in the West(1968) as the camera films Hill Valley, California in the year 1885. Back to the Future Part III was filmed in Jamestown, CA and I saw it on a field trip in grade school. The town was destroyed by fire. Alan Silvestri is back and he adds a "Western" flavor to the music score. A scene where Buford Tannen kills Marshall Strickland(James Tolkan) in cold blood was deleted from the film. ZZ Top makes a cameo in the film and they perform the theme song. Sexy Mary Steenburgen is quite good as Clara. She also played Clara Clayton on the Back to the Future animated series. Back to the Future Parts II and III were filmed back to back in 1989. Movies such as Missing in Action I and II and The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions used the same gimmick. Back to the Future Part III was a solid, final film in a fun movie franchise.
I love the first Back to the Future movies, but I have never liked the third one. I watched the first two in the last few months, and after seeing the second one, I wanted to see how the third one concluded the franchise. By the third one, the plot is no longer interesting, and neither is the wild west setting either. I wish they had come up with a better ending to such a great franchise.
If you like westerns, as I grew up liking, then the setting for this movie is great! Looks like the producers, writers, and directors recovered from the flop in Part II. Nice ending to this series. I think they needed better choices for the Marty's girlfriend's scripts in her short roles in all the series'.
The "Back to the Future" trilogy is the best in innovative movie entertainment. Even 30 years have not diminished the extraordinary storytelling that are these 3 films. The one I like the best is the 3rd version that goes back to the 1880's western frontier. I guess the wide open scenes and the horses, gunplay, and just general mixture of the old and new, give the finale an unforgettable sendoff that is the ultimate climax. Mary Steenburgen is excellent as Clare, Emmett Brown's love interest that alters the shape of his destiny for all time. If you like a little fantastic adventure served with your movie viewing, then this movie will delight.
Part 1 is one of those movies that has remained funny despite the fact that it is nearly 30 years old. I saw it in the theater as a young adult. Part 2 did not get very good reviews, and probably is now even less funny, Since it takes place in 2015 and no one new for sure what 2015 would be like. Needless to say, (and we should all be relieved) that they missed their mark when predicting what society would be like today. After missing part 2, I totally missed part 3...until now. Downloaded the trilogy to watch with my kids...they loved it! Being kids, they found a lot of humor in part 2 being so far off base. But when filming part 3, they once again had the advantage of knowing what the past looked like, so they could better adapt the plot to make things conceivable, and actually were able to finish it off with some positive philosophy. Another note: all of the comedy manages to stay away from the inappropriate jokes which are so often hidden in today's comedies.
Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2015
A wonderful finale to the Back to the Future series! Back to the Old West!! Extremely well written and directed!! And I'm personally a fan of Mary Steenburgen! Ever since I saw her in Time After Time, she always raised my temperature!! ZZ Top appearing as the Hill Valley festival's band who didn't even have to appear in costume was great!! And the gunfight nod to Clint Eastwood's A Fistful of Dollars. A light- and warm-hearted comedic scifi movie series that touches on Causality, Consequences, but most of all, Friendship!!
Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2019
Not the best thing ever, really. I mean, The Old West ? Great scott! The first movies were mostly Sci-Fi , but now The Old West ! So different! The subject is now declared lost,( As if the 2nd was not already, but not as lost as the 3rd)! This movie was just really different but I guess it was okay!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 13, 2017
My niece who loved back to he future in her youth asked me to buy the series for her children, so they can all watch together. This arrived very quickly for a reasonable price. It is for Xmas so cannot comment on quality yet.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 13, 2013
This film really rounds off the story well and had some good jokes in it. Quite a good way to round the whole thing up by going back 80 years to the beginnings of the town where it all took place. I hope they don't try to make another one as they left the end with a possibility. Enjoyable, funny.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 22, 2015
Excellent way to wrap-up the best trilogy from the 80s! Every bit as fun as the first movie, much less somber and dark than the second one. The characters are great and the plot is gripping, with ingenious dialogue full of funny references.