First their adventure was excellent. Then their journey was totally bogus.
Now our favourite metal-heads are facing the music
Directed by Dean Parisot and written by Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson, Bill & Ted: Face the Music is set decades after Bogus Journey. The Wyld Stallions were meant to save the world with a song but instead, they have faded into obscurity. On top of this, their marriages are falling apart. It is about to get much worse, however, as an agent from the future tells them that if they don’t invent a song to unite the whole world, reality could crumble.
Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves take on the titular roles once more in a movie that is nice, if albeit a little uninspiring. The aged pair tackle a version of their characters who are way past their prime but the actors slip into the characters with a scary ease.
There are enough references to the old movies to keep fans invested with characters such as Death re-appearing and an homage to the late, great George Carlin. New additions Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine as Bill and Ted’s daughters (affectionately also named Bill & Ted,) are great as female carbon copies of their dads. Everyone is having fun, which means ultimately you will too.
The jokes are plentiful. There are fair few misses but when they land, it is pure hilarity. There is one such incident as they encounter their future selves which will make you laugh so much, you’ll want to pause the movie.
The biggest problem with Bill & Ted Face The Music is that at times the situation and the comedy feel somewhat forced. There are moments of big silences and pauses that is distracting, as though the actors had forgotten their lines or characters. Plus, there are predictable pivots in the plot that are obvious from the beginning (or even the trailers, if you have seen them.)
Yet with any Bill & Ted adventure, there is a lot of heart and humour to keep you invested. It may not have the classic feel to it and can be strained but the movie is spirited. Honestly, it is just great to see Winter and Reeves back again as one of cinemas most impeccable pairings. This time with many iterations of the pair. Slipping into this movie is like slipping into a comfortable pair of slippers, warm and cosy.
In these scary times, it’s always good to remember that we must always be excellent to one another and party on.