Reuniting the magic of a successful franchise after a long hiatus can be a daunting task, especially in comedy films where societal sensibilities change over time. However, Bill & Ted Face the Music manages to deliver a new and innovative instalment that pleases both lifelong fans and new audiences.
Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves seamlessly slip back into their titular roles, 29 years after their last film. They are still the kind-hearted characters we fell in love with in 1988, now on a quest to write the song that will unite the world.
The outstanding script by franchise creators Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon allows Bill and Ted to grow and evolve while remaining true to their beloved characters. The film offers enough callbacks to the previous films to please fans, while also welcoming newcomers.
The late George Carlin’s Rufus is respectfully handled, and William Sadler as Death remains a highlight with his absurd and uncool portrayal.
In addition to Bill and Ted’s adventures, we also follow their daughters, Billie and Thea, played by Brigette Lundy-Paine and Samara Weaving, respectively. They are completely believable as the daughters of Bill & Ted, and a spin-off with these two leading the way would be highly entertaining.
The film’s runtime of 91 minutes means that some characters, such as Bill & Ted’s wives, Elizabeth and Joanna, are underserved. However, the overall message of love, hope, unity, friendship, and joy for music shines through.
Reeves and Winter’s natural chemistry and understanding are apparent throughout the film, showcasing their trust and friendship after all these years.
2020 has been rough for everyone, Bill & Ted Face the Music is a shining beacon of pure unadulterated pleasure. It delivers a message that might just save the universe, and the end credits are a must-see.
Bill and Ted Face The Music will come to UK cinemas on September 16th.