THEATRICAL REVIEW: Bill & Ted star in a most excellent reboot

It’s been nearly two decades since we last saw the lovable oafs Bill & Ted in their Bogus Journey, but seeing the aged faces of Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter embodying these classic characters made me feel like no time passed at all.

Bill & Ted Face The Music shows us the life the amiable duo is living, and to say they haven’t really changed or adjusted in 2020 is putting it lightly. The same catchphrases rattle from their mouths, and everything about them connects them at the hip.

They live in the same house with their wives, their children are rocker best friends, and they are struggling to write that hit that unites the universe.

The only thing, truly, that has changed is the absence of series stalwart, the late, great comedian George Carlin. But the film’s array of new characters help to fill some of the void.

Writers Chris Matheson and Ed Soloman, who worked on the originals, create a fantastic sequel many of us had no idea we needed. Bill & Ted are struggling musicians who never really reached their potential, but they are once again heralded to travel through time, and find the inspiration and will to write their hit song before the universe quite literally folds in on itself.

Joining them in the film are Kristen Schaal as Carlin’s character Rufus, and she is absolutely hilarious. With supporting performances from Kid Cudi, playing himself, Holland Taylor, and the lovely Jillian Bell, this is an eclectic, endearing cast.

Perhaps most surprising is seeing breakout star Samara Weaving as one of the daughters of the dynamic duo. She was so incredible in Ready Or Not, and she flexes her comedic muscles here.

Barry star Anthony Carrigan serves as our villain here, and he’s perfectly suited. Finally, we have William Sadler returning to play Death. I was so impressed by this cast, and the commitment of all involved.

The visuals are fun and striking, Reeves and Winter slide right back into the roles easily, and the script is wicked smart. This really is a sequel that is so much better than I ever thought it could be.

If you were at all a fan of Bill & Ted before, I suggest you hope aboard for this journey immediately. It’s a righteous good time.

4/5 Stars

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