#78: Back to the Future Part III

“Go ahead, make my day.”

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Year: 1990
Genre: Comedy/Western/Sci-Fi

Back to the Future III is everything a family blockbuster should be. This comedy/sci-fi/western adventure is as funny as it is exciting. Not only is it the conclusion to one of the best film film trilogies of all time, it’s also a great blockbuster adventure in its own right rivalling the likes of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).

People tend to neglect Back to the Future III because it’s so different to its previous instalments, but that’s part of its charm. The first two pictures contain Clint Eastwood references and nods to the Western film genre. Finally, in the third picture, we’re dropped off in the old west for an old-school epic adventure in the past. What a feat to be able to take the trilogy in such a different direction yet tie all the stories up together so neatly! I will admit that the film isn’t quite as good as the other two but that’s through no fault of its own. It’s like comparing  anything to The Beatles, we still enjoy music from the many artists who followed them, but will there ever be a band quite like that ever again?

Chances are you’re looking for more films like The Avengers (2012), or Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) to satisfy your blockbuster sweet-tooth and you haven’t seen Back to the Future III in a dog’s age. Resurrect that sucker for the ultimate blockbuster experience. Hell, why don’t you go ahead and blow your own mind by watching the entire trilogy in one go? If once you weren’t fond of the third film maybe after watching all three at once you’ll have restored faith in the story.

I can’t rightly recommend Back to the Future III to anyone who hasn’t seen the first two films. Sure the film works as a stand alone adventure, but the plot and jokes have a far greater impact if you’ve seen the other instalments.

If you’re one of those cynics who believe themselves to be above commercial blockbusters then I double dare you to sit through Back to the Future III without grinning. If there’s any trace of humanity within you I swear that 10 minutes into the film you’ll surrender yourself to its glee.

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