Arriving a mere 28 years after Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Bill & Ted Face The Music finds our lovably sweet metal-head rockers firmly in the grip of middle age. It’s 2020, and in synch with much of this year, Bill & Ted have failed to write the song that will unite the world and bring harmony to existence. Continually embarrassing themselves and their wives in their pursuit of finding that epic song, they are visited by Kelly, the daughter of Bill and Ted’s time-travelling guide Rufus. It turns out that they’ve finally run out of time and reality will fold in on itself unless they can deliver by 7:17 pm that night. Can the boys finally save the world? -Well, let’s jump into their bodacious telephone box and find out…
...an excellent sequel that doesn't try to be anything more than what it is: "Most outstanding."
Well, thankfully somethings never change and mercifully that’s also true of this latest chapter in the lives of airhead rockers, Bill Preston and Theodore “Ted” Logan. Successfully recapturing the inane banter and naivety that was so shamelessly ripped off by Wayne’s World, this is thankfully a spirited sequel rather than an inane cash-in on an existing property.
Without question, the world has moved on and so has Bill & Ted’s lives. They’re now happily married with similarly music-obsessed daughters, Billie and Thea (superbly played by Brigette Lundy-Paine and Samara Weaving) who believe in their fathers’ abilities even if their wives do not. Yet, rescuing them from real life and the implications of actually getting a job, is the arrival of comic stalwart Kristen Schaal as Rufus’s daughter. By sending the boys off a time-travelling mission the film’s quickly rediscovers its touch for genteel humour and moves into high gear. Cue answers to those long-standing pub debates about who’d win in a music fight between Mozart and Jimi Hendrix, because these and other silly set-ups are now about to be answered.
By continually explaining the premise of the plot to each musical titan they meet (much like Dean Martin’s Something Big), Bill & Ted Face The Music recaptures much of the previous movies’ spirit without sounding either laboured or repetitive. Deliberately pitched at the kids who were kids when Bill & Ted were kids, this latest movie doesn’t waste any time with catch-ups or trying too hard to retcon its appeal for modern teenage audiences. So, if you missed the joke, go back and watch the previous movies, or listen to the records they’re referencing – it’ll be worth it.
What you can expect are Brian May guitar riffs, high fives, much excellence and twirling air guitar solos from returning real-life friends Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves as Bill & Ted. -Is that not enough? What else do you need? -Jesus playing a cowbell? Yep, well, the boys have got you covered in an excellent sequel that doesn’t try to be anything more than what it is: “Most outstanding.”