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Bill & Ted Face the Music - Film Review

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by LG (subscribe)
Published September 9th 2020
A triumphant return for Bill and Ted


No way… After almost 30 years of rumours and internet gossip we finally get another serving of 'Bill & Ted.' But was the wait worth it?

Most excellently yes!

The Bill and Ted movies have always been hard to pin down. Ted "Theodore" Logan (Keanu Reeves) and his esteemed colleague Bill S. Preston, Esq. (Alex Winter), are two non-conforming free spirits who just want to rock out in their band "Wyld Stallyns". Meanwhile, the rest of the world goes about living mundane worrisome lives filled with homework, office jobs and mortgages. Bill and Ted just want to rock out to the beat of their own drum.

It's this notion that has endeared these films to so many fans who appreciate the zany, joyous creativity that underpinned their first outing Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure in 1988, and their follow-up Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey in 1991. The latest in the franchise is no exception.

One of the funniest running jokes in the series is that Bill & Ted aren't great musicians. This comes home to roost in Face The Music when the future once again pays Bill and Ted a visit to write their musical opus that will help save humanity from the brink of collapse. The trouble is Bill and Ted have been trying to write this song for the past 30 years.

This is the jumping off point for their newest adventure, as Bill and Ted quickly realise that it may be easier to steal the song from the future after they have already written it, leading them on a hilarious collision course with their future selves.

After not seeing these two characters for a while, it does take a scene or two to re-calibrate the youthful memories we have of them – in particular Keanu Reeves; who after throwing himself into roles that are so far removed from Ted – hello John Wick - comes across as doing a parody of himself.

On the other hand, Alex Winter's Bill is perfect. Dude, where have you been? The energy that Winter has put into his character throughout the series is just one of the many joys that this film has to offer. When you also throw in a killer robot, the princesses, a trip to the afterlife, more historical figures zipping through time, and an awe-inspiring public performance, you know you've got yourself the hallmarks of another great Bill and Ted trip that evokes all the feelings from the first two films.

Bill & Ted Face The Music hits all the right notes for fans of the series with nods to Rufus (who was played by the late, great George Carlin), Ted's Dad, and let's not forget Missy. A reunion with the Grim Reaper is a definite highlight. Filling out the cast of regular characters is little "Bill" (Brigette Lundy-Paine) and little "Ted" (played by Aussie Samara Weaving), who are now grown up and on their own time-travelling journey to assist their Dads in their quest for musical greatness.

Seeing all these characters together again, not only ignites the nostalgia fumes, but will leave you wanting more. So here's hoping we get to "party on" for another instalment; for what's not to love about a couple of dudes whose mantra to "Be Excellent To Each Other" is a catch-cry that still rings true today, as it did when it was first uttered back in 1989.

Stick around for a post-credits scene that is most bodacious. Station!

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When: From Thursday 10th September
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