The world of our distant future is a veritable utopia, thanks to the lyrics of two simple-minded 20th Century rock and rollers, Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted "Theodore" Logan. However, a would-be conquerer threatens to throw history off-track by sending "most non-non-heinous" evil robot Bill and Teds back to kill their good counterparts. Finding themselves dead, the boys must outwit the Grim Reaper and traverse Heaven and Hell to return to the land of the living, rescue their "babes" and have a "most triumphant" concert at the all-important Battle of the Bands.
Directed by: Peter Hewitt
. Starring: Keanu Reeves
, Alex Winter
, William Sadler
, Joss Ackland
, Pam Grier
, George Carlin
, Amy Stoch
, Jim Martin
, Hal Landon Jr.
, Annette Azcuy
, Sarah Trigger
, Chelcie Ross
, Taj Mahal
. Music by: David Newman
"Bill and Ted Excellent Adventure" as a kid and even now is one of my favorite films of all time, when I heard this film was going to have an upcoming sequel at the time, I was blown away I honestly didn't expect it at all but sometimes the sequels I never expect are the best kind of sequels. And this sequel came out around the 90's which to me was kind of a golden age for sequels when they were on the rise and starting to become a little more commonplace.
This film was a very different entry indeed, but you have to understand back then sequels didn't have rules so with new entries to film franchises you can do just about anything you want. This sequel isn't so much a sci-fi comedy, it's more of a fantasy comedy because here they don't travel in time, they travel to the afterlife.
Which also makes it a dark entry because of the fact our protagonists die sometime in the beginning, which is a really daft concept how the heck can the protagonist do anything if their dead or let alone have a movie; knowing Bill and Ted they always find a way. I really do like the story which I think is creative, sure they don't travel in time (or should I say much) but that's a good thing because that just means the protagonists have a new adventure a new challenge and personally that is what I most want in sequels for them to dare to be different at least in the best possible sense. And honestly do we really want to see the same old thing over again, unless they travel to the future which would have been cool I'd love to see more of the future San Dimas, may 'be it'll happen in the upcoming third film. Bill and Ted venturing to the afterlife which is a pretty daring move but a good one because it expanded upon their universe and gave them another realm to explore and positively influence.
Another reason this film is a dark entry is in the Hell sequence which sort of took the film in horror territory for a brief moment, though that's the point they're in Hell after all. I really like the design of hell which looks foreboding, cool and weird all at the same time, it looked like something out of a Tim Burton film, wonder if this sequence could have been part of the unmade "Beetlejuice" sequel. Anyway, I remember as a kid this sequence really scared me, just the thought of possibly spending an eternity in those chambers based off our dark psyche, the one with Bill's Granny is the one that scared me the most. For the record I love my grandparents and kiss them, but this granny in the film is really scary. From how rotten she looked, her crazy mannerism, but mainly those disgusting rotten teeth, uggh someone needs to make a dentist appointment.
But other than that, this film was a lot of fun there are lots of memorable scenes, one of my favorite scenes is seeing Bill and Ted doing the Exorcist thing where Ted possesses his dad and Bill possess another guy. I'll admit the actors were just spot on in the mannerisms of both Bill and Ted, I really bought that Bill and Ted possessed them. But it's just franking hilarious seeing how both Bill and Ted were trying to convince the police force of their dilemma which of course doesn't work but the best part was how both Bill and Ted we're reacting to seeing doughnuts and scarfing them down which leads to one of my favorite lines, "Being dead made me hungry."
Another highlight which is my favorite scene in the whole film is seeing Bill and Ted play the Reaper which is a little parody on the film "The Seventh Seal" because instead of chess it's a variety of board games. From Battleship, Clue, Twister, and Electric Football which cracks me up as that game never works, maybe the Reaper should have played "Temco Bowl" on the NES with them. It's just really funny seeing how much of a spoil sport the Reaper is with Bill and Ted winning each time, all I can say to him is consider your streak broken. Of course, most importantly the characters, really liked a couple of the new characters from The Reaper played by underrated actor William Sadler. I really loved his performance, he's pretty much a parody on the Grim Reaper character from the film "The Seventh Seal". He really mixes with both of them well as he's sort of the straight man of the two, he has just really dry deadpan humor.
Another underrated actor Joss Ackland is a good villain as De Nomolos he's got the presence and that voice which is music to my ears as it just sings out power mongering evil. It's interesting for once seeing both Bill and Ted have an opponent to contend with whom is super serious, smarter than them, and has the means to make his plan succeed. This sort of made me a little worried for both Bill and Ted wondering how are they going to outsmart this guy, can they?
And of course, Bill and Ted whom are great being their usual selves making the best out of the predicament their in their way, I even liked it when both actors played the sub villains the evil Bill and Ted cyborgs whom pretty much have the same personas but are smarter and evil, it's blackly funny seeing these opposites doing damage.
Overall, I really enjoyed this sequel, it's not as good as the first film in my book but it's not trying to be, like a new song from the same band it's playing its own tune and hits all the right notes, hopefully the same can be said for the upcoming third sequel. Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey is an Excellent Adventure.
Review by hellraiser7 from the Internet Movie Database.