Remember that BTTF II and III were filmed at the same time. A lot of II is set up for gags we don’t see until III. Remember the arcade game in Cafe 80s in 2015 or the Clint Eastwood movie in alternate 1985? How about the extended hoverboard sequence.
One reviewer I read didn’t like BTTF II when it came out, but said it held up a lot better when you watch it as part of the trilogy.
Been a while since I’ve seen all three films, but my personal order of preference has always been I, III, II. As best as I can recall the justification is that while undeniably clever, II seemed too hectic and convoluted by half, while III had much better character interactions, more Chris Lloyd, and then there’s my thing for Mary Steenburgen, especially in a bustle…whooo…er, but I digress.
Yeah, like III better of the sequels, but they’re just a couple of decent movies, while I is one of the greatest films of all time. IMO.
Part II, for all its weaknesses, has a couple of great moments. In particular, I absolutely love this bit of dialogue:
Doc: Great Scott! Jennifer could conceivably encounter her future self! The consequences of that could be disastrous!
Marty: Doc, what do you mean?
Doc: I foresee two possibilities. One: coming face to face with herself thirty years older would put her into shock and she’d simply pass out. Or two: the encounter could create a time paradox, the result of which could cause a chain reaction that would unravel the very fabric of the space-time continuum and destroy the entire universe!.. Granted, that’s a worst-case scenario.
That last line always cracked me up. It’s not “a” worst case scenario, it’s THE worst case scenario, period!
IMO, II was better than III. I think people liked II more because it was set in a period the audience would live to see, while III was ovwer and done. Plus, to borrow from another thread, western have fallen out of favor.