It’s been nearly 30 years since we last saw Bill & Ted in action. After many years of talks, rumours and scripts being worked on, the San Dimas legends finally return to our screens. If you don’t know Bill & Ted, they are two high school, rock loving teenagers who aren’t the most intelligent dudes you’ll come across. They time travelled in the first movie to pass their History exam at school, and in their second outing, they have to stop their evil clones from wiping them from existence. This time, Bill & Ted are 30 years older and aren’t excelling at life. As their band Wyld Stallyns popularity plummets, they both realise that life isn’t what it used to be. As their marriages are failing to their princesses and the fear of losing their daughters Thea & Billie, they are given a wake up call from a time travelling friend. They have to create a song that will unite the world. If they don’t, the world will crumble. Bill & Ted go on another excellent adventure in the future to steal the song from their future selves.
In their Excellent and Bogus adventures some three decades ago, Bill & Ted both epitomized the youth of that time. The height of MTV and rise of rock/metal music in the early 90’s went hand in hand with the Bill & Ted ethos. They were simply put, rock loving teenagers who don’t have a bad bone in their body. Completely oblivious to life around them, throwing the word dude around like its the last time they’ll ever get to say it. The big question is whether Bill & Ted can continue to relate to modern audiences, or whether it will be exclusive to Bill & Ted fans. As a fan myself, I love the fact that they are returning. 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, and to be able to experience the duo on the big screen is a welcomed return.
As their youthfulness has dissipated over the past 30 years, it’s hard to see them as the fun loving teenagers with their fresh, youthful faces of long ago. What I like about the film is that they have played with the fact that time has passed and have grown, somewhat. Having Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine portrays their daughters brings that youthfulness back to the story, as they both effectively play female versions of their fathers. Our fear of the film becoming a disaster started to come true towards the early stages of the film as it slowly plods along to its main quest. It lacks immediate charm and excitement when you see them for the first time. Face the Music kicks off as we head to the halfway mark and that signature charm and wit of Bill & Ted is finally put to use with some help from some past characters of the series and new ones that give the film the boost it needs.
Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter both can’t put a foot wrong as the bodacious duo. Albeit, they are a little older and voices are a little huskier since their last outing but it still brought a smile to our faces. Face the Music doesn’t come close to their Excellent or Bogus adventure, as predicted, but, there was a little something in there that stopped from hating on the film too much. It’s Bill & Ted after all! But if you are looking for an incredibly easy watch, that is full of positivity and good intentions, then Bill & Ted Face the Music is the film for you.
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