Bill & Ted Face the music

Amazingly, improbably, fantastically… Bill S Preston, esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan return to us for one last adventure through time.

25 years have passed since Bill & Ted traveled to Hell, teamed up with Death, Robots, and Station to form a band and bring peace to the world. Well, Death went solo and they never lived up to their destinies. They still live in San Dimas, each have daughters, and are playing small gigs around town. They still try to write the song of destiny.

Kelly, daughter of the late Rufus (George Carlin), arrives and tells them that all of reality is beginning to fracture. Unless Preston and Logan play a song at an exact place and time (later that day), the universe will end. Bill & Ted go on an adventure to try to steal the song from their future selves while thier daughters travel back in time to assemble the greatest band in history.

While Kelly believes that playing the song will save reality, her mother, “The Great Leader”, thinks only their deaths will get the job done. She sends a murder-bot back in time to kill them.

Keanu and Alex are back. They’ve not lost a step and look to be having a great time here.

Samara Weaving and Bridgette Lundy-Paine step into the series as Thea and Billie, daughters of Bill & Ted (and the princesses). Both actors did a fine job with the material, but for me Lundy-Paine was on another level. You can see that she researched the role. The key here for Bridgette was not just to nail the voice of Keanu, but the mannerisms of young Ted. Fine performances.

Kristen Schaal, one of the funniest women on the planet, plays Kelly: daughter of Rufus. She was a great choice for this, but I can’t help but feel they underutilized her. She had a few fun interactions with everyone, especially Dennis, but they could have given her more. I suspect there was a bit left on the cutting room floor from her, not that they actually cut film anymore in this digital world…but I digress.

William Sadler returns as DEATH! Because of course he did. Making a sequel without him would be pointless. He stole the show in “Bogus Journey”

Anthony Carrigan is the one to steal the show this time out. He plays Dennis Caleb McCoy, a robot from the future sent back in time to kill Bill & Ted. He is initially presented as a Terminator type being, but we soon discover that this guy is shockingly insecure about his job and identity. Some of the funniest moments in the film feature Dennis.

Kid Cudi appears as himself….who also happens to be an incarnation of STATION!!!!!!

This is a rare beast indeed. A sequel, 25 years after the last entry, that stands up to the legacy of it’s predecessors. Bill & Ted were never Shakespeare, although they may have met him. They were a couple of silly time travel movies featuring lovable idiots whom we love. They captured that spirit in this one. It is fun, it is silly, and it is Bill & Ted. No more needs to be said.

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