||Quite exciting, a lot of fun, and much
better than I remember it being.
I think the main thing against this movie is the very last scene, and
several scattered through the film just like it. What the heck is a
flying train doing? Obviously Doc thought Marty was the catalyst for
changing the way the future got messed up, because he decided to make
another time machine, and go off without him.
Another problem is what we come in
expecting. After the first film literally blew me away, and the
film did something different from any before it, by revisiting the first
one, when we see how the third film is merely an adventure without the
twists, it is a little disappointing.
However, when seen on its own merits,
this movie is a load of fun. The first thing that I noticed was the
musical score. I absolutely love the new theme, almost as much as the
older one. It is more fun than the theme from the first movie, but not
as powerful. It is not meant to be used in the big climax, but only when
Doc and Marty are doing unconventional things, like towing the Delorean
with horses, and so on.
Doc gets some character development in
this movie, in a way that is not just the clichéd mad scientist. He
actually gets a love interest! I don't think Christopher Lloyd pulled it
off perfectly, as his love-struck looks seemed a little too blank. But
the love story actually works, to a certain extent, and it puts the time
traveling in jeopardy.
With regards to the main problem of the
Delorean having no gas, I thought Doc said it was electrical in the
first movie. He must have just meant the time circuits. However, I don't
see why they couldn't have siphoned the gas out of the Delorean that Doc
had stashed in the abandoned mine to fill the tank enough to get it
home. I suppose the easy explanation for that is Doc didn't have enough
in that car, either. Ah, well...
Lea Thompson doesn't get much to do in
this movie, but she does huff and act morally superior very well as
Marty's great-... grandmother. I do wonder why she looks like Marty's
mother, however, as she couldn't be related to Loraine, especially if
she is now a McFly. I really have to stop thinking about these time
Biff's ancestor, however, does get a
lot of screen time, and is a lot of fun to watch. He makes the same
mistakes in his expressions as Biff does, doesn't know how to read, and
is a pure idiot bully. As I mentioned in the
last movie, the Clint
Eastwood movie really foreshadowed Marty's use of the steel plate for a
bullet-proof vest, but it was still fun to see everybody's reactions
during the duel.
I remember not really liking Clara the
first time I saw this movie. This time, however, she seemed a perfect
regular character, better than Jennifer, for sure. She played the part
that Loraine did in the first movie, coming to check on Doc, almost
ruining their plans... actually, she did ruin them, as Doc missed his
train because of her!
The finale is what really allows this
movie to shine. The train sequence was terrific, full of fun, excitement
and novelty. I love the way the steam engine literally explodes because
it can't handle the heat that Doc's special chemicals produce. The
corresponding color of the smoke really adds to the intensity.
So when Marty is forced to leave Doc
behind, as he rescues Clara from the runaway engine, we get to feel just
as devastated as Marty does. The devastation is compounded when the
train smashed the car to bits. (Which also begs the question of why the
train didn't stop to investigate...)
The ending does allow us to see that
Doc is alive and well, and to show that Doc's restless spirit couldn't
stay in 1885. It's probably just as well. Who knows what changes to the
timeline he caused while posing as a blacksmith. I'm surprised that it
wasn't mentioned in the movie that Clara could be taken out of the time
stream just as easily as Doc, simply because she was supposed to be
dead. I wonder if Doc had any input into naming Eastwood Ravine after
Finally, my favorite line in the whole
movie: "Is this a hold-up?" "It's a science experiment!" HA!
So while this movie is not as good as
it's predecessor in terms of fixing and creating time-travel goofs, it
works because the characters have knowledge and wisdom from the future.
It allows Doc to create a fridge (I'm with Marty on the color of the
water, though...), and a super eyepiece for his rifle. They get to have
their in-jokes by posing beside the newly minted clock in the
clock-tower, something they are intimately bound to. The climax of the
film does what all good endings should- it's heart pounding, at the
As for the DVD, the extras are about
what I expected, given the previous two discs. Behind-the-scenes stuff
is minimal, tiny featurettes give minimal information, and the trailer
gives too much away. I did learn a couple of interesting facts, but not
enough to warrant watching these things, which are almost recaps of the
film. Thankfully, they are very short, since they provide very little
information. Kirk Cameron's questions and answers were very cheesy,
though strangely that feature seemed to have the best interviews, at
least in the first half. But I could barely watch it because it was so
As I've said about a number of movies
on DVD, it's the movie that is my primary concern, so the extras don't
really matter. As conclusions to the Back to the Future trilogy, this
one is quite enjoyable. I'll leave it at that.