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Bill & Ted Face the Music

Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Movie Poster
USA  •    •  91m  •    •  Directed by: Dean Parisot.  •  Starring: Keanu Reeves, Samara Weaving, Jillian Bell, Jayma Mays, Anthony Carrigan, Kristen Schaal, Alex Winter, Brigette Lundy-Paine, William Sadler, Holland Taylor, Erinn Hayes, Amy Stoch, Kid Cudi..
    Two would-be rockers from San Dimas, California, were once told they'd save the universe during a time-traveling adventure, but find themselves as middle-aged dads still trying to crank out a hit song and fulfill their destiny.


While the opening scene was amusing, the rest of the movie was little more than a mashup of the first two movies. As a story it adds very little to the mythos and storyline of Bill and Ted, and quite frankly had more to do with their daughters (which is really no surprise).

Brigette Lundy-Paine actually did a remarkable job emulating the mannerisms of Keanu Reeves 25 years ago, but there just was no real chemistry between her and Samara Weaving, The ending of the film was basically just a rehashing of the ending of the second film where they did the thing and all the world unites (again) in harmony and song, with a maguffin device straight out of Doctor Who.

With the original(s) there was at least a sense of growth and maturation with Bill and Ted, overcoming an obstacle. In this, things happened, and then more things happened, and no one was really better or worse for it -- things just happened. Sadly, Hollywood is just bent on regurgitating everything that was delightful and fun 20 years ago, and is dragging everything kicking and screaming into the present. Many were saying this, myself included, that Bill and Ted, like Wayne and Garth, Jay and Silent Bob, Randal and Dante, Han and Chewie, exist in a time that is no longer, and there is no real place for them as they were back then today -- let them stay in the past, so we can build on the legacy for tomorrow.

Movies like Bill and Ted are locked in time, and today it just doesn't translate well. There was something interesting about Socrates, Billy the Kid, Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc, Sigmund Freud, and Beethoven that fit the narrative well: What would these historical figures think of San Dimas California in the then present time?

In this you just have an assortment of random, name dropped historical figures, Mozart, Hendrix, Louie Armstrong, some cave man on drums, Kid Cudi and a Chinese Flute Player, all who are just there for no real rhyme or reason, more so because they came up on an algorithm generated by Spotify or Apple Music based on "your personal likes".

For the most part, I found the story and the film to be lacking in any real substance (and this is comparing it to the not at all serious, light hearted BaT:EA and BaT:BJ), or point. It was just... there, and then it was done. It adds nothing new or interesting, and really doesn't have to be watched at all. As far as I am concerned Bill and Ted saved the universe 25 years ago, and I am content with that.

Review by boe_dye from the Internet Movie Database.