I LOVE Bill and Ted. Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan. This series made Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter legends. Not only that, but it’s one of few film series in which the sequel actually managed to one-up the original. I wholeheartedly believe Bill & Ted is better than Back to the Future. Not only that, but it was Rick & Morty before Rick & Morty were.
One could say the only reason Rick & Morty hit the vein it did was because of the massive holes left in pop culture by the absence of Bill & Ted in the 21st century. While they correctly predicted a black President in the future, their fame and fortune seems to have been a bit overstated. They haven’t been seen on big screens since 1992, and a short-lived animated series only extended it by a few years.
Let’s review some of the pics that dropped today for Bill & Ted Face the Music, the long-awaited and much-anticipated 3rd installment in the franchise. I feel like this one will easily outperform reboot attempts like G.I. Joe, TMNT, Ghostbusters, and other franchises being revived for the 20th century. Here’s why.
Time and Death
The brilliance in Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey was that it was not about time travel at all. The iconic phone booth wasn’t the main focal point, like it was in the much more kid-friendly animated series. Bogus Journey took them into the afterlife. In doing so, they experienced heaven, hell, purgatory, and even lampooned classic death movies like The Seventh Seal.
Instead of chess, Bill & Ted challenge death to more modern (at the time) boad games, like Twister and Connect Four. As they continue beating him, he continues getting further upset, until they break the cycle and he accepts defeat. By defeating death, these two men became immortal, as evidenced by how amazing they still look as adults entering their golden years. I mean…Keanu Reeves is 55 and looks better than I do at 39. Alex Winter is 54 and still looks respectable next to him.
Who I was most excited to see pop up in this third installment is death. In a post-“Rick & Morty and Infinity War” world, I think Hollywood screenwriters are intelligent enough to write to intelligent audiences. Especially with such an epic backdrop to work with. Think of this series as a live-action Rick & Morty, and you’ll be fine.
Death is in this movie to show we’re getting a continuation of Bill & Ted canon, not a reboot or remake like the others. The storylines from the previous two films are preserved, and this makes it the perfect movie for 2020.
Bill & Ted Face the Music
In this new movie, a visitor from the future tells best friends Bill and Ted that one of their songs can save life as we know it and bring harmony to the universe. You can read more in the official press one pager released today and published below.
The new characters to the canon are played by Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine, and Kid Cudi above. Two of them are the daughters of Bill & Ted. This gives it the appeal the first Ghostbusters reboot wanted without the backlash from fans. It’s great these two became dads. Also these female characters are sure to be much better than their mothers, the princesses from Medieval times.
The plot remains pretty close to the original, except they’re obviously going to pass the torch to a younger generation. This means everyone from Gen X down will understand what’s happening and can explain it to the Boomers. In my opinion, this is a formula for success.
And, because it’s a continuation, we get both time travel and the afterlife in some form (why else would death be there?). This leaves me to start guessing at what the plot may be, as we wait to see more…
My Face the Music Plot Guesses
Obviously, I’m pretty much on the boat that this is a way to expand the universe and get younger actors and audiences involved. What’s great about their kids in this movie is the actors are already in their mid-20s and Cudi is 35.
In 1991, Reeves would’ve been 27. He was 25 in 1989 when Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure was released in 1989 and they were playing high school students. Their kids are now this age in an era where they can play young adults for another decade before having kids of their own.
Ready to have your mind blown? Reeves and Winters are actually older right now than George Carlin was in 1989.
Winters definitely looks Carlin’s age now, but it’s interesting to see what we let pass as “teenagers” these days.
So, long story short, I predict brushes with death for all characters, scenes from the past and future, and the daughters taking over the helm for their dads. This is definitely going in the direction of other reboots and remakes, but they’re at least doing it right with tribute to the fandom.
Here’s the office release, and I’ll likely do a Bill & Ted video or two between now and the August release.
BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC
Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Comedy
Release Date: August 21, 2020
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-
Paine, Scott Mescudi (Kid Cudi), Kristen Schaal, Anthony Carrigan , Erinn Hayes, Jayma Mays, Jillian Bell, Holland Taylor, Beck Bennett, William Sadler, Hal Landon Jr. and Amy Stoch
Director: Dean Parisot
Screenplay by: Chris Matheson, Ed Solomon
Produced by: Scott Kroopf, Alex Lebovici, Steve Ponce
Executive Produced by: Steven Soderbergh, R. Scott Reid, John Ryan Jr. and John Santilli
The stakes are higher than ever for the time-traveling exploits of William “Bill” S. Preston Esq. and Theodore “Ted” Logan. Yet to fulfill their rock and roll destiny, the now middle aged best friends set out on a new adventure when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we know it. Along the way, they will be helped by their daughters, a new batch of historical figures, and a few music legends — to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe.
Bill & Ted Face the Music is directed by Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest), from a screenplay by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey) – and produced by Scott Kroopf, Alex Lebovici, and Steve Ponce.
Orion Pictures presents Bill & Ted Face the Music, in theaters everywhere on August 21, 2020.
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