Bill & Ted Face the Music
Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) most excellent movie review
In 1989, Bill S. Preston Esquire and Ted Theodore Logan embarked on an excellent adventure to pass their history presentation so they could save the world. In 1991, they partook in a bogus journey that ended in concert that would surely bring the world together; now, some thirty years later, Bill and Ted are still trying to write the song that will bring the world together! But after they are visited by another messenger from the future, they realize that they must finally fulfill their destiny before all time and space collapses…
I love Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989), and while I am not big on Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991), it’s still a fun watch. So while New Mutants has been on the verge of release for the last three or so years, I feel like I have been waiting for a third Bill & Ted since I saw John Wick in 2014 and discovered that Keanu Reeves was incredible. Now I was recently talking about how I was going to do my best of the year lists, and that if I didn’t have at least ten films with a 7/10 or higher I wasn’t going to make a Top 10 list at all. Fortunately for Bill & Ted, not only do I have a strong chance at making a Top 10, Bill & Ted Face the Music might just be on it…
Before I begin, I want to say that if you want to know absolutely nothing about this movie, just watch it, because in order to talk about the plot, I do have to talk about one key element in this film. (I mean it’s in the trailer, but hey I don’t feel like spoiling anything.) We cool? Cool. So Bill & Ted Face the Music is, while still about Bill & Ted, also features Billie and Thea, Bill & Ted’s daughters, who also play an important role on the film. Long story short, I really dug the story! It is very simple with hilariously high stakes and a completely nonsensical approach to time travel once again, and all of that is just perfect for a Bill & Ted movie! But even deeper than that, I liked the themes in the film. At its core you have two guys who are struggling to focus on their personal lives, and it leads to some strikingly touching moments. This Bill & Ted movie has heart, and I didn’t expect that.
Of course its not all focused on two guys stuck in the past trying to make their relationships with their wives and daughters better (because that makes it sound much more dramatic than it actually is…), it’s plenty of shenanigans and hilarity that is as ridiculous as you would expect. One the one hand you have Bill & Ted trying to steal a song from their future selves, and on the other hand you have their daughters kidnapping musicians from history to put together a band for their dads. Yeah not much too it, and that is just the way it should be! And I’m honestly glad it doesn’t focus too much on drama, because this movie gets the comedy down! Much like Bad Boys For Life (2020), this might be the most I laughed in this series. Okay the first film is hilarious, and so maybe I need to rewatch and review that, but I was entertained throughout this hilariously updated throwback!
Of course this film wouldn’t work without Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter being as funny as they are. They play the middle-aged versions of their iconic characters with ease, perfectly convincing the audience that these guys just never grew up until now, where the plot demands they wise up a little. Of course part of their character development plays off of their relationships with Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine, and the two of them just are their daughters. No question about it. If I did have a complaint about this film, which I do, there’s one character that just does not land for me. He’s not funny and he doesn’t add much to the story aside from bloating the runtime. This was Station in the second film, and it’s Dennis in the third one.
But come on, this is Bill & Ted; it doesn’t need a massive review. The cast is great, the story is fun, and the comedy works as well as the drama for a surprisingly heartfelt finale (probably) for this iconic series that might not be as iconic as I think it is/wish it were. So should you watch Bill & Ted Face the Music? Well if you liked the first one, and saw the second, then yeah absolutely! It’s a perfect sendoff in yet another surprising installment from a franchise that I thought wasn’t going to get as good as the original. Obviously if you think the first film is dumb or you just didn’t see it, you won’t care for the newest one. But I for one love the lowest/highest stakes in a nonsensical time travel film that is the original Bill & Ted (kidnap historical figures to pass a history test so you can save the world), and this one definitely hits the same cords for me. 7/10.
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-review by Ryan Prince