Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)

Quick Reviews

Directed by Dean Parisot

Written by Chris Matheson & Ed Solomon

Executive Produced by Steven Soderbergh

Starring Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Kristen Schaal, Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Anthony Carrigan, Erinn Hayes, Jayma Mays, Holland Taylor, Kid Cudi, William Sadler, Amy Stotch, Hal Landon Jr. Beck Bennett, & Jillian Bell

Release Date: August 28, 2020

Running Time: 1h 31min

Rating: PG-13

Our two excellent heroes, Bill S. Preston, Esq. (Winter) and Ted “Theodore” Logan (Reeves), have returned after many years away. A lot has happened since we last saw our righteous duo. They’re most triumphant band, Wyld Stallyns, went through many ups and downs, including a split up with their band mate Death (Sadler). Both are still married to the Princess babes, Joana (Mays) and Elizabeth (Hayes), and are father’s to the most excellent daughters, Theodora “Thea” (Weaving) and Wilhelmina “Billie” (Lundy-Paine).

Only problem is, they still haven’t written and performed the song that’ll bring on universal peace! And time is running out, as they’re informed by Kelly (Schaal), the daughter of their future buddy Rufus (fun fact: George Carlin’s real life daughter’s name is Kelly), that time, space, and reality are colliding in on each other and will totally cease to be if the song isn’t performed! Bogus! Desperate to fix reality, our two hero dudes hijack the old phone booth in order to steal the song from their future selves (which when you think about it, isn’t really stealing if it’s from themselves), but that proves to be most complicated.

This film was in the works for quite a while, as getting proper funding proved most difficult. Thankfully, it all would eventually come together, with our main leads returning, as well as some other familiar faces from the past adventure and journey. Righteous! The film had a limited theatrical release (due to a most heinous global viral outbreak), while also being released to rent or buy on streaming platforms, for those wanting to watch in the safety of their homes. Most considerate! It has been met with mostly positive reception. Excellent!

I think this movie is a most triumphant return of one of cinema’s most lovable duos! Even 29 years after Bogus Journey, Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter have superb chemistry (it certainly doesn’t hurt that they’re buddies in real life), and return to their famous roles with ease. Older Bill and Ted are still enthusiastic, but at the same time feeling the pressure from their expected destiny, and not wanting to disappoint everyone. Their rapport with Death is still in point, and William Sadler also returns to the role with ease. I also love that they got the actors who played Ted’s Dad (Landon) and Missy (Stotch), to make appearances as well. The Rufus hologram was also a very sweet tribute to George Carlin.

The rest the cast is tons of fun too. Schaal is her usual hilarious self, while Weaving and Lundy-Paine are adorkable as Thea and Billie, being a lot like their dads but not carbon copies. The pacing is quick and to the point like the previous entires, and takes elements from both (time travel and a visit to Hell specifically), but still does a lot of its own thing. So if I haven’t made it clear enough, I am most definitely recommending that you see this movie, dudes! You will have a most excellent viewing experience!

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