Movie Review: ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’ is an excellent fan pleasing adventure
“Bill & Ted Face the Music” brings the Wild Stylans, now middle aged fathers, together again as they struggle to write the song that will bring peace and harmony to the universe. It’s been nearly 30 years since we last saw Bill and Ted on screen, and I have to say it’s “most excellent” to have them back. *air guitar*
Since the release of “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” in 1991, rumors of a third film have always been in the air, but it wasn’t until March 2019 that we got an official announcement from Orion Pictures that a Bill & Ted film were returning to the big screen.
I’ll be honest with you, hearing news that one of my favorite movies growing up was getting another movie all these years later was incredibly exciting, but at the same time it made me incredibly sceptical; I wasn’t sure what to think. None of the trailers leading up to the release of the new film wow’d me, but as soon as I walked into the theater, the hype set in, the excitement that I would get to see the Wild Stylans rock again, and let me tell you, they did in fact rock!
The most enjoyable part of this film is without a doubt Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves, their chemistry is just so natural, it’s like they never stopped playing the roles of Bill & Ted. The two characters have been so caught up trying to write a “world saving” song, that they have put being a husband and now father in the back seat, giving them an interesting new dynamic.
Even though I enjoyed myself from start to finish, the film had it’s problems. It took me a while to buy into Bill & Ted’s daughters. Thea (Samantha Weaving) and Billie (Brigette Lundy-Paine) are really enjoyable when they get to share the screen with their fathers, the only issue is they share very little screen time together. I was also disappointed in the amount of screentime we got with William Sadler’s “Death,” but when he is on screen, he doesn’t miss a beat.
Overall “Bill & Ted Face the Music” is not a perfect film by any means, but it does just enough things right to keep a smile on your face from start to finish. But at the end of the day this film has such a big heart and that just might be what the world needs right now. So remember, be excellent to each other and party on, dudes!
“Bill & Ted Face the Music” is rated PG-13 (for some language) and out now in theaters. It is also available to buy for $24.99 on Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, YouTube, and Google Play. There is also a very fun post-credit scene if you stay through the end of the credits.
In The Parks
Unfortunately, besides some photos in the Halloween Horror Nights Tribute store, you won’t find Bill and Ted in any theme parks right now. They had a show that ran for 25 years at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights (HHN), and some of that time at Universal Studios Hollywood too. Unfortunately Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure had its last show in 2017 at Halloween Horror Nights 27. You can check them out opening HHN 27 here:
Here’s a short but fun video of Bill and Ted sneaking into HHN 19″
We spoke with Alex Winter back in 2011 about the possibility of another Bill and Ted movie, and asked him about the Bill and Ted show at HHN: