“Bill & Ted Face the Music” (2020)

Dir; Dean Parisot. Starring; Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Kristen Schaal. PG-13. Color. 91 minutes.
It has been 30 years since the combination of dumbass rockers have performed, but they’re back in “Bill & Ted Face the Music”. The duo of Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter destined to save the world with a song are, wait for it… playing gigs at country clubs. The bodacious babes from the medieval times they picked up along their time traveling adventures are still around, although now going through joint couples counseling. Plus they have each added a bodacious kid of their own.
With the future hanging in the balance the daughter of their former time traveling buddy Rufus (the late George Carlin) pops up. The young lady played by Kristen Schaal has a dire warning for the aging rockers, if they don’t come up with the ultimate song in history the world will end at 7:17 p.m. that night. Time to hop in the phone booth and find the inspiration necessary, including trips to visit Mozart, Jimi Hendrix, and even Kid Cudi.
Things do not exactly go to plan and the younger daughters played by Samara Weaving and Bridgette Lundy-Paine are up to bat in the phone booth traveling game. They’re just as clueless as their dads. Like father like daughter. They have an entire sequence of traveling, highlighted by a trip to hell. They’re visit with Death, who is bitter that people don’t like his guitar skills, is simply hilarious. Thank you Jesus for bringing Death back!
“Bill & Ted Face the Music” is fun, but also the weakest installment in the trilogy. Some of the topical commentary, including the we’re not talking about Trump, but we are, belongs in a different film. Also, and I am a huge supporter of the #metoo movement, the amount of time given to the daughters is just deflating as they do not have chemistry on screen. Feels very forced. Write some hilarious original comedy for women, would love to see it. But I’m here to see Bill & Ted dammit!
With that said, “Bill & Ted Face the Music” is good for a few laughs. The leads let loose and early 90’s nostalgia is at full speed ahead. You get that one, “Speed”. When it comes to the future perhaps the best approach is to ‘Just Chill Dude”.
Suck Factor: 3 out of 7 (7 means your movie really SUCKS!)
Written by Byrd
The SUCK FACTOR, how it works. We have flipped the rating system upside down. If a film is classic, it gets a 0. Meaning that movie has 0 SUCKS. If a film is complete trash you must avoid at all costs, it gets a 7, meaning this movie really SUCKS!

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