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Bill & Ted Face the Music Movie Review: A Most Triumphant Sequel

Usually, if they make a movie sequel 29 years down the road, it’s likely going to be a stench. Bill & Ted Face the Music really isn’t.

When the powers that be herald the sequel to a beloved movie, it’s always a mix of emotions.

That initial burst of excitement is usually followed by a ‘don’t ruin this’ – and when it comes to a 29 year sequel, thoughts of dead horses and flogging cross your mind.

It is therefore with great pleasure (and relief) to discover that Bill & Ted face the music is the most triumphant.

Written by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon (who wrote the first two films) and directed by Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest), it’s a party, it feels good and it really sets the right tone and the right message for what has been a pretty odious year.

If anything can help everyone feel better – even for 90 minutes – it will be the cheerful and heartfelt faces of Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter.

Reeves and Winter reunite to revive their iconic characters from Bill & Ted’s excellent adventure (1989) and Bill and Ted’s False Trip (1991), a couple of time-traveling but incredibly well-meaning besties.

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The first film saw them collect historical figures over time to help them pass oral rapport (they did) while the second saw them battle evil robot versions of themselves and become friends and party buddies with Death (William Sadler, who is reprising his role in Face the music).

Now Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted Logan are middle aged and the super musical fame they achieved at the end of false trip faded over the next 25 years, as Wyld Stallyns’ music never sparked the utopia Rufus promised.

Their crowds are now the 40 people gathered for $ 2 taco nights or serial bride Missy (Amy Stoch) wedding guests who are subjected to Ted’s theremin game.

Just as Ted plans to give up music for good, an emissary from the future, Kelly (Kristen Schaal), arrives to tell them that Preston / Logan have to perform a song they’ll write at exactly 7:17 p.m. that day for not only unite the universe. but also to save reality, which has started to bug.

So, they set off on another time odyssey, this time with the help of their daughters Billie (Brigette Lundy-Paine) and Thea (Samara Weaving), and some very notable musicians throughout time.

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the Bill & ted the show was always a bit silly and never took itself too seriously. The reason he has endured is that he’s still charming, even when his execution is a bit rough around the edges.

These two boys, now male, have nothing but good intentions, and their loyalty to their friendship is truly something to admire.

Reeves and Winters’ performances may seem straightforward – presenting themselves, acting like fools – but there’s a complexity in how they color these two characters, so they’re never infuriating or totally silly. It is not easy to play this non-cynical and open innocence. You are always on their side.

Winter, in particular, falls back into that role as if it were still in 1991.

A pair of adorable gaffes that peaked in 1989 don’t come across as the most likely heroes, but that’s the magic in Bill & Ted face the music – a balance between nostalgia and optimism for the present and the future.

Unlike other pop culture properties and nostalgic fandoms who only trade on “Wasn’t that great before?” “, Bill & Ted face the music does not seek to cling to the past as if the social progress of the past three decades is something to be feared.

This middle-aged tinge of anxiety featured in Bill and Ted isn’t a bitter case of two men who can’t figure out why the world doesn’t appreciate their genius – instead, they know they have stranded the world, and not the other go around.

It’s a fine line and Bill & Ted face the music advance with confidence. Where this ends up is a recognition not of individual glory but a victory for the collective. It is only through inclusion that everyone wins.

It truly embodies Bill’s slogan, “Be great to one another”. Now, “let’s celebrate, guys!”.

Evaluation: 4/5

Bill & Ted Face the Music is in theaters from Thursday, September 10 (excluding Victoria)

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