Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)

“I have a feeling things are about to change in the most outstanding way.”“I have a feeling things are about to change in the most outstanding way.”

“I have a feeling things are about to change in the most outstanding way.”

The one thing the year 2020 has brought us besides a global pandemic is a third necessary chapter to two beloved franchises. One being released in January (Bad Boys for Life) and the other was released two weeks ago straight to VOD. While theaters open back up in the United States (slowly), films have the advantage of having a theatrical run while those in states that aren’t set guideline standards (I’m in one of those states) can purchase or rent the VOD. It’s the best of both worlds given the circumstances of the world we live in currently.

Nearly three decades after the release of Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, the next and final chapter is given the chance to be told. It’s bizarre that the 90’s started 30 years ago. The wait is surprisingly worth it as we catch up with our excellent best friends. It’s always interesting to see how life changed for the characters we’ve known and get to see where they have ended up. Bill (Alex Winter) & Ted (Keanu Reeves) team back up to continue their hijinks but this time it’s different. 

The premise is very basic – to save reality as we know it Bill & ted must write the greatest song ever written to unite the world. In all actuality the plot never really mattered for a Bill &Ted film each installment is a fun ride. Bill & Ted Face the Musicis no different. It’s a fun, cheesy hour and a half that passes by instantly. Normally the rules of time travel should matter to the plot of the film, but Bill & Ted is such a beloved cult franchise that it’s overlooked because the film is aware of how silly it is. The audience doesn’t mind either. This is no Avengers Endgamewe’re talking about. 

“Uncle Bill, the throat singing, it was a whole new level of eloquence. Some serious Bugs Khoomei”

My only gripe with the film is in the beginning – the pacing is slower and stays on particular scene for longer than it needed to be. Imagine if your high school class clowns never grew up and got past that phase of their life. Look no further, that is their characters DNA throughout the trilogy. The strange thing about Bill & Ted, other than they literally do everything together is their incredibly impeccable vocabulary. Some of these words that come from their mouths is puzzling as to how they know them and actively use them in everyday conversation. 

The story is pretty predicable as the film gains steam and moves from the first act to the second. Regardless – it’s a fun ride to watch the plot unfold. As Bill & Ted go forward in time, their daughters Billie (Brigette Lundy-Paine) & Thea (Samara Weaving) head back in time. Focusing on Billie and Thea was the smart move to make as they can bridge the gap for the newer generation. The casting choices are perfect as both daughters are spitting images of their fathers. There could have been some differences between them as Bill & Ted already have their schtick worked out – It feels as if Billie & Thea are just copying their fathers too much. The character depth and development lacked a bit with Billie & Thea, otherwise they are charming and delightful on screen together. 

“You have had many counterintuitive ideas over the years, but this is by far the counterintuitivest of them all, dude!”

Keanu & Alex have such a wonderful chemistry together on screen – they act and react to one another flawlessly. Another standout in this film besides the return of Death (William Sadler) is the killer robot Dennis Caleb McCoy (Anthony Carrigan). Anthony steals every scene he’s in bringing a strange insecurity to a robot. Dennis is very self-aware of his issues as a robot. Dennis is absolutely the funniest character in this film. As if this franchise needed another reason to make us smile and laugh out loud Keanu & Alex in prison jacked tattooed suits does it. There is this air of magic that surrounds these beloved characters that makes them a welcomed guest no matter how long we have to wait for them to get inside that phone booth and travel here. 

If there’s ever a time to pass the baton for the next generation to fall in love with this universe – it’s now. Regardless of the story they come up with Billie & Thea are perfect for keeping Bill & Teds morals and codes to live by alive. Sign me up for more films or a series that can be more focused and fleshed out on the two girls– especially in times like these.  

Overall, Bill & Ted Face the Music is a time travelling delight. It’s charming and isn’t afraid to be predictable in its story. Every turn and scene will make you laugh at the sheer goofiness of the situation that the protagonists find themselves in. It’s a sequel that was well worth the three decade wait and I hope there’s more from this franchise. It’s a love letter to its fans and a great close to the trilogy. If there is a couple things this trilogy has taught us it’s to be excellent to each other, Party on, and your favorite number should always be 69, dude. If I were to rate Bill & Ted Face the Music, I’d rate it a 4 out of 5. 

So, tell me guys, have you seen Bill & Ted Face the Music and if so, what do you think about it? Do you agree or disagree with me? Comment below or send me an email and let me know what you think. 

Bill & Ted Face the Music is directed by Dean Parisot is Rated PG-13 and has an 81% on Rotten Tomatoes. Bill & Ted Face the Music was released on August 28th, 2020 and has a runtime of 1 hour and 32 minutes. Bill & Ted Face the Music can be bought by online retailers such as iTunes, Google, Amazon and Vudu.

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