Bill & Ted Face the Music

Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) - IMDb

After almost 30 years, the bodacious bros return to unite the world and save reality with one song, this time for sure.  Bill & Ted Face the Music is the third installment in the Bill & Ted franchise and, even after all of these years, this film captures the silliness and joyousness of the original two films.

I just watched Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey this past summer during the quarantine.  I watched them with the expressed purpose of preparing for this release.  I enjoyed the revelry of the films, which seemed to be unafraid to go out of its way to be ridiculous.

Bill & Ted Face the Music is right in step with the first two films despite picking up the action with older versions of Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves).  We see Bill & Ted still pretty much in the same situation as when we left them.  Little had changed for the duo, except their band, The Wyld Stallyns, had seen better days.

When the future came calling once again, Bill & Ted began their travels through time and space to attempt to find the song that fulfill their destiny and unite the world and preserve the timeline.

We had Bill & Ted’s daughters Billie (Brigette Lundy-Paine) and Thea (Samara Weaving) joining the search, as they, along with Kelly (Kristen Schaal), the daughter of Rufus (the late George Carlin) from the future, who returned to take the mentor role of her father, traversed through time to recruit the ultimate band to play the song.

Some of the scenes are really funny.  Others are totally silly.  None of them are flops though.  The return of Death (William Sadler), who was a standout in Bogus Journey, was welcomed, though I might have liked more interaction between Death and Bill & Ted.

I like the idea of music being able to be what unites us all and the message of unity and togetherness is a welcome one in our current time of divisiveness.

If you are a fan of Bill & Ted, this will be a welcome addition to the canon.  It is fun and engaging in its world of folly.  It is not a cinematic classic, but it is a good time with a movie.  Be excellent to each other.!

3.5 stars

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