Monday, August 31, 2020

Bill & Ted Face the Music Review: A Totally Excellent Encore Performance

Release date: August 28, 2020
Running time: 91 minutes
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Kristen Schaal 

After almost 3 decades the adventure continues as Bill (Winter) and Ted (Reeves) return. Having previously been told that they would save the universe during their earlier time-traveling adventure, the two would-be rockers from San Dimas, California find themselves as middle-aged dads still trying to crank out a hit song and fulfill their destiny.  However, now they are told that they have 77 minutes to create the perfect song that will unite the world, time, space, and reality before the consequences of their past actions turn into a totally bogus outcome. 

Without a doubt, if you have been following this franchise you have been overly excited for the return after a long 29 years. Seeing both Winter and Reeves get back into character alone is worth the wait. But on top of that, you also have many more cast members reprising their roles, which is icing on this totally excellent cake for any fan. With the addition of their now twenty four year old kids, it just adds another layer of fun to Bill & Ted's latest adventure.

What is truly special about this film is not only how this two major stars easily get back into their roles after all these years but the film was instantly able the capture the same magic as the previous ones. And if you are not familiar with the previous films consider this similar to other current science fiction comedy-dramas like The Orville.  You have to consider the first film was made in 1989, with its sequel following two year later.  The fact that this film captures that same feel--almost like it could have been made in the 90s except with current special effects--is a testament to this movie.  Also keep in mind that, like the previous films in this franchise, this is a totally fun and ridiculous movie; no need for logic in this excellent adventure. I mean we are talking about time travel here.

There are tons of memorable and funny scenes throughout this film with call backs to the original films as well as parallels between the younger Bill and Ted and their kids Billie and Thea.  So its totally not a bad idea to start your journey with the first two films in the franchise, to help with your appreciation of the latest one.  With the addition of new characters and even some very cool cameos, any and everyone who appears does a fantastic job utilizing their screen time.  The costumes and makeup design team did an amazing job in transforming the sub characters and Bill and Ted time and again. But with so many good points and moments of this film the dialogue completely carries this film because you never know what they may say next. This keeps you completely invested and entertained the entire time.

Bill & Ted Face the Music is without a doubt the best of the franchise.  This adventure though time is one you do not want to miss: it it has tons of call back from the previous films, memorable moments, and characters.  Not to mention mid-credits and a stinger you have to stay put for!

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