Totally un-bogus trip bro
I'll be straight out blunt: a Bill and Ted sequel never crossed my mind in terms of movies I wish would get a follow up. Granted, the duo's time travelling escapades from the yesteryear of the late 80s and early 90s made for a fun and most bodacious comedy but afterwards the movies became a product of their time and now truly show their age. To my surprise, Bill and Ted Face The Music, despite coming out nearly 30 years (whoa, dude) after the last film, doesn't feel out of place. If anything, the film manages to keep its' youthful appeal to new fans while entertaining older fans. The new sequel touches a bit of history from the previous film as to what are two favorite rockers have been up to and as it turns out.....not a lot. Bill (Winter) and Ted (Reeves) have hit a creative snag in regards to fulfilling their destiny of orchestrating the greatest song ever. As the two contemplate giving up their aspirations and acting like more responsible adults for their daughters' sake (Samara Weaving and Bridget Lundy-Paine), the future comes calling (literally) for our two likable airheads and warns them that if they don't succeed in creating the greatest song ever, the universe as we know it will end. Bummer, right? Now invigorated, the two set out once again to accomplish their goal in one last hail mary adventure across time and space to find their masterful song piece and save the universe. Maybe it's because of the depressing covid situation we're dealing with now or perhaps it's the lack of good comedies this year for the same reason, but Bill and Ted's third road trip through time feels like a refreshing and nostalgic romp that kept my smile going from beginning to end. Some parts of the film will probably go over the heads of new fans such as who Rufus was (George Carlin in a heartfelt throwback) or how end the duo end up in Hell again, but
everything else about the film is a comedic delight. There's something fulfilling watching Bill and Ted take a moment to perform an air guitar while listening to that memorable guitar lick, not to mention the funny callbacks of past jokes. Where the film really surprised me is its' touching message of how music acts as a universal language to create unity, and accomplishes that without any difficulty or need to elaborate to the audience. My only gripe is that the film sort of ends too soon and many viewers won't get the jokes but nevertheless Bill and Ted Face The Music is the sequel no one asked for but we're still grateful that we got and definitely won't disappoint long time fans.