bill and ted face the music

★★★

director: dean parisot (fun with dick and jane, red 2)

starring: keanu reeves, alex winter, samara weaving and brigette lundy-paine

 

REVIEWER: lyall carter

Two would-be rockers find themselves as middle-aged dads still trying to crank out a hit song and fulfil their destiny.

It’s strange that even though we’re over half way through the year, Bill & Ted Face the Music is one of only a handful of franchise films that have hit our big screen this year. And it's a pretty entertaining and excellent journey dudes!

 

The ruler of the future tells best friends Bill and Ted they must compose a new song to save life as we know it. But instead of writing it, they decide to travel through time to steal it from their older selves. Meanwhile, their young daughters devise their own musical scheme to help their fathers bring harmony to the universe.

 

I’ve gotta admit: I haven’t seen the original Bill & Ted movies. The thought crossed my mind that I should watch the previous films but going in ‘blind’ seemed a more interesting proposition.

 

I wanted to see if someone could just rock up to the cinema with little or no knowledge of the previous films and get what was going on. On the whole the film does a really good job bringing people up to speed with what’s going on in the world of Bill & Ted

 

Although the film’s conclusion seemed a little anticlimactic, the narrative flow of the film is not only easy to follow but is also pretty entertaining as well. The characters, even the new ones, have the air of quirkiness and charming cringiness that 80’s sci-fi often had from the German sounding Grim Reaper to the killer robot with a growing conscience, Dennis Caleb McCoy.

 

The introduction of Bill & Ted’s daughters Thea and Billie bring the excellent Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine into the fold who breathe a whole new life into the franchise. 

 

Although the film’s conclusion seemed a little anticlimactic, Bill & Ted Face the Music is an entertaining ride through time and space.

★★★

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