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Bill & Ted Face The Music

Rock on!

Just like that the third (and probably final) film in the Bill & Ted legacy is upon us, streaming straight into our living rooms thanks to the lasting effects and the health concerns of the Coronavirus.  Honestly, this comedy from Orion Pictures ABSOLUTELY hits the mark, taking Bill & Ted’s fanbase from their last exploits in 1991 to the present and BEYOND, thanks to a script that is on par with the other two films in the series and a talented core group of actors who actually love the characters they created so many years ago.  

"doesn’t miss a beat in reminding audiences why we love these two dingbats as they attempt to fulfill their rock and roll destiny."


Bill & Ted Face The Music is an absolute riot of good time gigs!  With a whole lot of heartwarming moments involving the duo and Thea and Billie, their daughters, (played by Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine), the movie takes the idea put forth in the original film - that they would write the song that would unite the world - and brings it to the here and now of the matter . . . because the two, under their band name of Wyld Stallyns, have failed to do much of anything except drive their wives insane.

Set 25 years after the original, this comedy has everything I wanted and expected, topping off a bodacious journey which began when I was in High School.  We even get more time-traveling via a telephone booth!  Get those air guitars ready to celebrate the tiny victories with!  Because NOW is when we really need the exploits of William "Bill" S. Preston, Esq (Alex Winter) and Ted "Theodore" Logan (Keanu Reeves) to set our reality straight!

Bill & Ted Face The Music is EXACTLY the entertainment the world needs now.  It is mindless, heartfelt, full of another batch of historical figures - most in music - and extremely deliberate in its mission to bring the world together through song.  What more from a Bill & Ted movie do you want?  We get time loops, hysterical couples therapy sessions, quantum hiccups as reality starts to fold in on itself, a peak at the multiverses as Bill & Ted continue to visit themselves further into the future, and one catchy song that only a trip to Hell could inspire.  

We also get a killer robot from the future named Dennis Caleb McCoy (Anthony Carrigan) with crippling anxiety which makes their ensemble that much more complete.  You want William Sadler as Death, you say?  Well, even he’s back as our two dimwitted heroes travel across time in order to restore the correct balance to reality through song.Bill & Ted Face The Music

Directed by Galaxy Quest’s Dean Parisot with returning franchise writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, Bill & Ted Face The Music doesn’t miss a beat in reminding audiences why we love these two dingbats as they attempt to fulfill their rock and roll destiny.  

Dude.  Talk about a blast from the past.  Duuuuude.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure is already a classic from the latter part of the 1980s.  Had it failed to connect with audiences, there would be no Beavis & Butthead.  There would be no Wayne’s World.  While we might be in an arguably better place culturally (ha ha), there’s no denying that the first film was hugely influential.  The second film – Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey – is darker and maybe not as appreciated as the original, but it does have its supporters and, when paired with the original, makes for an excellent nightcap to the charming hilarity of the first film. 

Neither flick has been treated with the proper respect, though, and while this film seems to be received properly, we can only hope that history will correct itself and give these righteous dudes their proper place in film history.

Bill & Ted Face The Music absolutely ROCKS!

4/5 stars

Bill & Ted Face The Music

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Bill & Ted Face The Music

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some language.
Runtime:
91 mins
Director
: Dean Parisot
Writer:
Chris Matheson, Ed Solomon
Cast:
Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Kristen Schaal
Genre
: Comedy | Adventure
Tagline:
The Future Awaits.
Memorable Movie Quote: "Seriously, Uncle Ted. When did you get so excellent on Theremin? Your playing rivaled, and I'm not kidding, Clara Rockmore!"
Theatrical Distributor:
Orion Pictures
Official Site: https://billandted3.com/
Release Date:
August 28, 2020 (limited and Internet)
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Synopsis: Once told they'd save the universe during a time-traveling adventure, 2 would-be rockers from San Dimas, California find themselves as middle-aged dads still trying to crank out a hit song and fulfill their destiny.

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