When you have one of the greatest trilogies of all time, there’s always this fear that you’re going to end on a sour note but #28 on my list proved that to be false, my 28th favorite movie moment is the third act of Back To The Future Part III.
Now, which part am I talking about because so much happens in the third act? Specifically, I’m talking about starting when Marty finally makes it back to 1985 and going from there. Not to say that the stuff that came before it was bad, not at all, Marty fighting Mad Dog Tannen, that was great, the train scene, that was excellent.
But we’re gonna talk about the third act of the film beginning with Marty making it back to 1985:
The end where the Delorean gets destroyed by the train is still one of the most heartbreaking moments ever because we’ve become so attached to the car over the years and to hear Michael J. Fox go “well, Doc, it’s destroyed, just like you’ve always wanted”, it’s heartbreaking, it’s hard not to get emotionally attached to an event like that.
And then, you’ve got the scene where Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers reprises the role of Needles, who we saw in an older version of in Part II, and he challenges Marty to a race in his new car:
This is a great scene because it bookends the subplot that had been setting itself up since Part II where Marty doesn’t like to be called chicken and also, his parents in 2015 kept talking about an automobile accident involving Marty and a Rolls-Royce, something that also gets brought up in Part III as well. It’s great because Marty, over the course of his journey through time, has now realized that he can not get too worked up over somebody calling him chicken because of what effects it would have in the future.
And then you have the very last scene where Doc comes back:
It’s a perfect conclusion to the storyline showing that Doc has a happy life now with Clara and their two sons and Doc explains why some things have now changed such as how the paper that Jennifer took back from the future is now blank and he explains that it means that the future has not been written yet and the ending wraps up a lot of the major storylines that had been set up in the trilogy and it just finds the perfect ending to go out on.
#27 on my list is a new twist on a beloved classic, it’s the Rainbow Connection sequence from The Muppets:
What makes this such a great sequence is that it’s not only a reminder of the way The Muppet Movie got started with Kermit singing the song while in the middle of the swamp but what makes it work here is that it shows how The Muppets have gotten back to their roots after spending much of the film trying to find that common ground again after going on their separate ways for so long.
It’s just a great reminder of why we love these characters and why this is such a great moment where they all find their way again and come together as not just a group but as a family and it just comes together so well, it’s one of the reasons why I love the 2011 Muppets film so much.