‘Back to the Future, Part III’ (Film)

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Back In Time (Part 3)

The third ‘Back to the Future’ movie is a Wild Western movie in its own right. It’s not as good as the first two ‘Back to the Future’ movies, but I did enjoy this one and it’s a really good action adventure.

After receiving a letter from the Doc from 1885 and discovering he got shot one week later, Marty takes the Delorean back in time. Will Marty and the Doc survive the dangers of old west Hill Valley?

This film is more of a human journey for our main heroes, especially the Doc as they decide what’s best in the future. This involves dealing with a villainous rogue and falling in love with a woman.

I really enjoyed the historical setting of 1885 in this movie. This movie put me in mind of the old western films that I used to watch on my grandparent’s telly with guns; horses and old saloon bars.

The plot involves Marty saving the Doc from a predicted death in 1885 when he gets shot and killed. It also involves a love story for Doc Brown as he meets the woman of his dreams in Clara Clayton.

Michael J. Fox is great as Marty McFly. I like this movie exploring Marty’s friendship with the Doc and the decisions he makes. He also gets to shoot a gun; ride a horse and calls himself ‘Clint Eastwood’.

As well as playing Marty in this movie, Fox also gets to play Marty’s ancestor Seamus McFly. Seamus is a mild-mannered man in 1885 and Fox gets to use a strong Irish accent when playing him in this.

Christopher Lloyd is brilliant as Doc Brown. This film is more about Doc as he gets to fall in love with Clara. We also learn more about Doc’s love for Jules Verne novels and the choices he’s torn with.

Marty Steenburgen stars as Clara Clayton, a schoolteacher who falls in love with Doc. She clearly likens to Doc immediately and shares the same interest as he including reading Jules Verne novels.

Thomas F. Wilson appears as Buford ‘Mad Dog’ Tannen, Biff’s ancestor in 1885. Tannen is a vicious and ruthless gunman and murderer, and Wilson is very good as an old-fashioned Western villain.

Lea Thompson also appears in this movie. Lea mainly plays Maggie McFly who is wife to Seamus. Lea also gets to play Maggie with a strong Irish accent. She and Seamus have a baby boy called William.

The horse riding scenes in this movie are amazing and well-directed by Robert Zemeckis, making it fell like a proper western film. Also the night festival scenes with jaunty music were pretty good.

There’s an exciting showdown scene between Buford Tannen and Marty where they draw guns in a one-to-one duel. This is very much in the style of old fashioned ‘Clint Eastwood’ western movies.

I love the steam locomotive scenes featured in this movie as I love old-fashioned railway trains. The climatic action scenes where the steam train pushes the Deloran on the train track are very exciting.

The original DVD special features are as follows. There’s the ‘Making the Trilogy: Chapter 3’ documentary; outtakes; deleted scenes and the ZZ Top music video of ‘Doubleback’. There are also production archives; storyboard to final film comparisons and a theatrical trailer for the movie.

The 30th anniversary DVD/Blu-ray special features are as follows. There’s an audio commentary with producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton without director Robert Zemeckis. There’s also an audio commentary track which is actually a Q&A session with director Robert Zemeckis and producer Bob Gales in front of a live audience, moderated by Laurent Bouzerau. There are also the final two parts of a six-part retrospective on ‘Back to the Future’ with brand-new behind-the-scenes cast and crew interviews called ‘Tales From The Future: Third Time’s the Charm’ and ‘Tales From The Future: The Test of Time’. There’s ‘Back to the Future: The Ride’; ‘The Making of ‘Back to the Future, Part III’ featurette; the ‘Making the Trilogy: Chapter 2’ documentary; ‘The Secrets of the ‘Back to the Future Trilogy’ and a behind-the-scenes section including outtakes, a deleted scene and photo galleries including production archives. There’s ‘FAQs about the Trilogy’; the ZZ Top music video of ‘Doubleback’ and there’s the theatrical trailer for the movie.

On the bonus disc for the 30th anniversary DVD/Blu-ray box set of the ‘Back to the Future’ trilogy, there’s a 2015 message from Doc Brown, ‘Doc Brown Saves the World’, ‘Outatime: Restoring the DeLorean’; a nine-part supplement called ‘Looking Back to the Future’; two episodes from the ‘Back to the Future’ animated series and some 2015 commercials, including a ‘Jaws 19’ trailer and a ‘Hoverboard Commercial’.

‘Back to the Future, Part III’ has been an enjoyable conclusion to this fantastic trilogy. It’s not the best film in the three, but it ends the trilogy on a satisfying and reassuring note that pleased me.

The ‘Back to the Future’ trilogy is one of the best movie trilogies I’ve ever seen. I still enjoy watching these three films with Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown. It’s a trilogy that’s well-written; well-presented and well-directed by the likes of Robert Zemeckis.

I’m positive you’ll enjoy this movie trilogy. As Doc Brown said in ‘Back to the Future, Part III’ – “Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one…”

So go on! Take a big step…back to the future!

‘Back to the Future, Part III’ rating – 9/10

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