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Back to the Future Part III (1990)

  Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Written by: Bob Gale, Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Elisabeth Shue, Mary Steenburgen, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson
Links: Back to the Future Part III on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD, Buy the Soundtrack
Genre: Comedy

This movie gets: 5.00 (1 rating)
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Back to the Future Part III (1990) is also mentioned in pearly's review of Back to the Future Part II (1989).

"Caution: contains spoilers (you've had long enough to see it)" - a review by pearly

Oh dear. Why did you have to get too big for your boots and go for three? Two was good, two was the perfect number. In the first, you played around with the ideas, getting to know what was possible. In the second, you took the idea to new heights, mixing it up with bits of the first film, and making it just as exciting.

But the third? Well, it's just a rehash. There's nothing being added that makes it unique, and the only thing it serves to do is to provide an ending for Back to the Future Part II (1989). And it even manages to do this badly. I mean, the whole way through the first two movies, we hear Doc going on about how important it is not to mess with time, because it can ruin the future. But then, at the very end of this last installment, in some kind of attempt to tie up all the loose ends, you have the very same Doc rocking up to the 1980s with his wife from the late 1800s, and their two kids, who will presumably go on to live future-messing-up lives at some time or other.

What's with that? You've just ruined the plausability of the entire character of Doc, the lovable buffoon. Okay, so I understand that he fell in love (another aspect of this third film which wasn't present in the first two, and not an entirely welcome one, let me tell you). But just because he did this, that doesn't mean he had to abandon all of his scientific ethics! Really, all he had to do was build himself a time machine, which he seemed to be able to manage with the train, and then head on back to his rightful time with his new wife, who was supposed to be dead in her time anyway. That would have caused as little trouble as was possible under the circumstances, but instead, he had to have kids (okay, maybe it took him a while to make the new time traveller), and then just go on jaunts to whatever time he felt like! What is the world in for with these kinds of shenanigans going on?

Okay, I'm probably taking this a little far. It's just meant to be fun, right. Well, okay, I can handle that. Except it's not fun, is it? Well, it is, but it's not as fun as the first two, not by a long shot. The refreshing ideas explored in the first two are just hauled out again for this one, and it's a bit of a shame that they decided to try and make parts two and three at once, because if they'd just left it at the second one, they would hold up really well.

pearly gives this movie 5 out of 10.
Review created on Fri 2 Jul 2004

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  1. is beatiful movie

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from elias on Thu 04 Aug 2005 01:31 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 10.00 (1 rating)

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