Imagine the happiest days of your life when you would step outside on a sunny day, wear your favorite outfit, take a leisurely walk in your garden, hop in on a tourist bus, sip an Ice-Tea, and enjoy the city-wide tour. This is precisely how I felt watching Bill and Ted: Face the Music.
Directed by Dean Parisot, the film stars Alex Winter, as Bill Preston, and the world’s most beloved dog lover, Keanu Reeves, as Ted Logan. Together, they are on a mission to write a prophesied song that would unite the world. Wonder how?
This goes back to the previous films, which regretfully, I haven’t seen, but their relevance is implied in the movie.
Bill and Ted have been involved in numerous time-travel escapades that, in some way, helped the universe from collapsing. Their daredevilry in the said escapades has been related to creating unorthodox music.
The last time they rocked the constellations, they were told to compose music that, in the future (which is now), will help time and reality remain in equilibrium. And ever since, they have been trying to create that epic piece of music.
As fate would have it, their efforts have perpetually downsized to various kinds of absurdities. The world has wearied out of their music, and they are no longer on the charts. Besides, their marriages are at stake, too. Yet, the duo won’t call it quits.
Their daughters, who are named inversely after Bill and Ted (Bill’s daughter is called Thea, Ted’s daughter is called Billie), remain their biggest motivators. Amusingly, they also look like a carbon-copy of their fathers and encompass the same, outlandish love for music.
Before the mothers could tell the fraternal fathers about the idea of disintegrating their marriages, a cinematic twist drops from the sky (literally!) that exposes the melophiles to the dire consequences of the future, which can only be altered if the said piece of music is composed in the next 77-minutes.
Bill and Ted Face the Music is a Rollercoaster Ride
As a first-timer, it is easy to be displeased by Bill and Ted Face the Music. The film’s opening scene doesn’t sow the seeds for the adventure very well. There is a childlike urge to put you into splits from the first dialogue. By the time the duo plays their newest composition, you immediately despise them for being severely annoying.
However, your willingness to spend some time in their world, which swiftly begins to unfold, roughly after 10-minutes, draws you in the incredible hysteria that never lets up.
Whatever plot that you can make of the film from what I have provided above happens in the first 10-minutes. What follows afterward is utterly unpredictable and delightful. And it will be a massive crime to reveal its delicacies, which are present by and large.
Though, what can be described is the significant amount of nostalgia and unordinary goodness that pours in every scene. After half a year of ongoing gloom and sadness (most recently through the demise of Chadwick Boseman), the film drizzles old-school charm and naive buoyancy.
Reeves and Winter are crazy good. Their characters are easily the most likable duo in cinema (ever!), and their chemistry is terrific. It is easy to understand why this film got made, even after 30-years. Despite being new to the franchise, it is very easy to fell in love with the characters.
Winter’s heartwarming enthusiasm beautifully complements the tardily dialogue delivery of Reeves. Their personification lingers in your mind for a long time and is quite imitable.
Bill and Ted 3 is Extremely Well Cast and Directed
Besides the senior melophiles, the junior Bill and Ted are brilliantly cast. Both Samara Weaving (as Thea) and Brigette Lundy-Paine (as Billie) are lovely in the portrayal of their fathers’ reflection. Paine, in particular, won me over from the first scene. Her animated gestures truly captured Reeves’ body language.
Surprisingly, they also get to savor the best moments. Unlike how young actors can make a movie less enjoyable, they are equally delightful as the titular stars. Two other young actors, namely Jeremiah Craft and DazMann Still, also play significant roles, in which they are fantastic. Both evoked good laughs out of me—hence, major props to them.
Not to spoil anything, but there is also a robot in this movie. And it is the funniest robot I have ever seen. (Apologies K-2SO)
Bill and Ted Face the Music also impresses with its unique costume designing. For its variety of characters and most notably the 77-minutes of time-frame in which everything happens (actors wear the same costume for 90% of the film), good choices are made in the clothing elements.
Dean Parisot’s direction is also commendable. On a budget of a mere $25 million, the film is very well put together. The visual effects are a bit tacky at times, but in the vital moments, they create the right illusion. Mark Isham’s score is AMAZING too, for how well it encapsulates the old-school charisma of the franchise and its boisterous imagination.
I do have a complaint with the climax of the film, which, after the whole 77-minutes of build-up, fails to finish with a genuinely satisfying melody that would have justified the said purpose of uniting the entire world. Though the whole scene is fulfilling to see, a sincerely good song could have leveraged the fun a notch further.
All in all, Bill and Ted Face the Music is 2020’s first late summer blockbuster that succeeds in making the world a happy meal. It is a jolly good film that celebrates life as it should be, albeit in an outlandish sci-fi plot.
Those with a good knowledge of music and a variety of celebrated musicians will find the film additionally entertaining. And even in its outlandishness, lies a giant human heart, that reminds us what sci-fi films are essentially purposed for: to glitter the ordinary, without deliberately acting like an aptitude test for the viewer.
Rating: 3.5 / 5
Bill and Ted Face the Music is a truly wild ride for all-ages. I strongly recommend you to see it. In contrast, I cannot wait to see the prequels.
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