Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Running Time: 118 mins
Back To The Future Part III is an American film and the final instalment in the Back To The Future franchise. After Marty finds himself now stuck in 1955, he must travel back to 1855, where Doc is living to get back to 1985. However, before he can get back to the future, he must face off against the fierce gunslinger Buford Tannen to save all of history.
Now, this is still a really fun film. Just like the first two, it’s full of great action and drama, along with a fantastically interesting story, again tying in with the previous films, which is always quite a cool twist at the same time. However, this film falls down in totally losing the coolness of the first two, as well as not having any real excitement and thrills until the last twenty minutes or so.
The main problem with this film is that it’s just not cool enough. This sort of happened in Part II, but at least all the future stuff was cool, whereas this really isn’t ever as imaginative, not bringing any classic ideas to the table like the first two films did, and all of the new stuff is much cheesier than anything as cool as we’ve seen before.
Also, while it’s got a typically fun story, where you can’t help but enjoy every moment of it, it’s just not exciting enough to boot. Basically, while it succeeds in bringing the classic entertainment of the franchise yet again, it’s not so intelligent or new that you also get that unique blend of excitement that the first film brought so well, and that Part II also succeeded in at some points too.
Of course, Marty McFly and Doc remain as epic as ever, while this film’s incarnation of Biff is a lot of fun too, however the introduction of a new character who spawns an unlikely romance was a little bit of an annoyance, as it almost cheapened the feel of this film from being a purely entertaining action film to also being a cheesy romance, which I really didn’t like.
Overall, this gets a 7.2, because despite retaining many of the best qualities of the previous two films, it’s just not as strong, cool or exciting enough to really reach to their heights.