STARRING: Michael J Fox, Christopher Loydd, Mary Steenburgen, Thomas F Wilson, Lea Thompson, Elisabeth Shue

1990, 118 minutes, Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Description: Shot back-to-back with Back to the Future II, this final chapter in the series is less hectic than that film and has the same sweet spirit of the first, albeit in a whole new setting. This time, Michael J. Fox's character ends up in the Old West of 1885, trying to prevent the death of mad scientist Christopher Lloyd at the hands of a gunman.

Transporting the whole Back to the Future scenario into the Wild West works surprisingly well and this film is actually better than number two in the series. The make-up effects are better and the story isn't as convoluted or confusing.

Part of the fun is that by now that we know the characters so well that it is interesting to see them in their Wild West reincarnations. And we would approach the Wild West in the same way Michael J. Fox does in the film: with the knowledge of dozens of Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns . . .

But, as always, nothing is to be taken seriously and audiences are even treated to the sight of ZZ Top appearing as a cowboy square dance band! See Part III: it manages to recapture the sense of fun that made the first Back to the Future so memorable and enjoyable.


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