I have a soft spot in my heart for Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. I remember going to see it with my brother on a February afternoon in 1989 at Lakeside Cinema. That was a good day. I loved this breezy little comedy about two teenage slackers, living in San Dimas, California, who go back in time to work on a history report.
I am happy to report that Bill & Ted Face the Music, the third and latest film in the series (which was shot mostly in Louisiana), captures the same cheery feeling of Excellent Adventure, and it also captures that amusing weirdness—as well as that overproduced feel—from the 1991 sequel, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey.
So now, in Face the Music, we meet up with middle-aged Bill S. Preston, Esq. (Alex Winter) and Ted "Theodore" Logan (Keanu Reeves). Their music career is in the toilet, and they still haven't written the song that has been prophesied to bring peace and harmony to the world. In fact, word comes from the future that, because the song hasn't been written, time and space is beginning to collapse. Bill and Ted decide to get in their old-time traveling phone booth with a plan to steal the song from their future selves. The problem is that their future selves know what the plan is and are always one step ahead of the present Bill and Ted. So, yes, future Bill and Ted are the villains of the movie.
Meanwhile, Bill and Ted's daughters, Thea (Samara Weaving) and Billie (Brigette Lundy-Paine), decide to help their dads by going through time and grabbing great musicians throughout history in an attempt to form a super-group. Weaving and Lundy-Paine are a delight and steal every scene that they are in.
As for Winter and Reeves, they are having a blast revisiting their now iconic characters, especially the various incarnations of the future versions of Bill and Ted. The fun is infectious, and the movie has heart as it ponders aging and plans unfulfilled. Yes, it's actually about something as well as being an inventive comedy.
Bill & Ted Face the Music is now playing at The Broad Theater and is streaming on many video on-demand platforms.