Bill & Ted Face the Music

Nearly thirty years since the last instalment, the ‘Bill & Ted’ franchise roars back to life. ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ and ‘Bogus Journey’ were hardly high art. They had a sense of dumb fun appealing to audiences who enjoyed the increasingly silly humour. ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’ is more of the same, albeit with an older looking cast and young at heart antics.

Both now middle aged and dealing with life, Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) wonder how things have turned out. They don’t have long to ponder such issues when Kelly (Kristen Schaal), a visitor from the future, tells them they must write a song so earth and the universe can be saved. Working with their daughters and old friends such as the Grim Reaper (William Sadler), the bodacious duo race against the clock while creating the sweet music they crave.

There’s not much of a plot with ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’ which is part of its charm. Whilst it has few slow spots despite its brisk runtime, it conjures a healthy mix of nonsensical nostalgia. Bill and Ted discovering various versions of themselves is vaguely akin to ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens, although it’s doubtful Mr. Dickens would have written a film script such as this.

The fun from ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’ derives from the lead’s chemistry. Reeves and Winter energetically revive their roles as does William Sadler who clearly relishes his deathly persona. They are joined by a new cast who mostly succeed in settling into the familiar comedic rhythm of the older stars. The humour generally succeeds with the misses as minisucle as the intelligence level of a smattering of the film’s characters.

‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’ is exactly as you’d expect. It’s an enjoyable enough trip for fans who have grown along with the series. It won’t rock your world as Bill and Ted would like but the ridiculous spectacle they offer is a welcome ray of light in darker times.



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