Back to the Future Part 3

Name: Back To The Future Part 3
Year: 1990
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 118
Description: Stranded in 1955, Marty McFly receives written word from his friend, Doctor Emmett Brown, as to where can be found the DeLorean time machine. However, an unfortunate discovery prompts Marty to go to his friend’s aid. Using the time machine, Marty travels to the old west where his friend has run afoul of a gang of thugs and has fallen in love with a local schoolteacher. Using the technology from the time, Marty and Emmett devise one last chance to send the two of them back to the future.
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

I have to change my opinion. When I watched it for the very first time two years ago, I thought it was rather boring, but this time, I really, really enjoyed it. Chris Lloyd is incredible in this one, Thomas Wilson’s great too, and Lea Thompson’s Irish accent is really cute. Still find Clara a bit annoying, though. Do Doc’s kids have to live in hiding for the rest of their lives now?

And the score… This is definitely the best of all three of them, though I’d like to know why the three-note/time travel theme only gets a full rendition when Doc returns with Clara. What does it stand for in that scene, accomplishment? The love theme is absolutely fantastic. And the festival music was a nice surprise.

One final note about the sound mix, there’s really something odd going on with the dialogue in parts II and III. They either used cheap microphones, or the sound mixer didn’t know what he waas doing. Overall, part I just sounds much more crisp and detailed. In the sequels, the dialogue really sounds weird, way too much emphasis on the low frequencies. That must be it! But I should be focusing on the promise and the possibilities instead of the pitfalls and the perils.


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