Movie Review: Bill and Ted: Face the Music

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STARRING: KEANU REEVES, ALEX WINTER, BRIGETTE LUNDY-PAINE, SAMARA WEAVING, AND WILLIAM SADLER

DIRECTOR: DEAN PARISOT

DATE: AUGUST 27, 2020

 

Charismatic actor, Keanu Reeves, has a very interesting filmography throughout his career. During the early stages in Reeves’ career, he starred as a type casted actor who only played a young carefree adolescent from the late 1980s through the 1990s. However, as Reeves got older, he wanted to take on more challenging roles that would expand his range as an actor. Ever since then, he has received praise for his most famous roles in movies such as Point Break, Speed, The Matrix franchise, and the John Wick franchise. Now Reeves has returned back to his roots reuniting with Alex Winter in the third installment, Bill and Ted: Face the Music.

Bill and Ted: Face the Music begins in San Dimas, California. The opening scene shows Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) 25 years later since their last adventure together giving a speech at Ted’s younger brother’s wedding. Everyone from both families of Bill and Ted are there for the celebration, including their daughters Billie Logan (Brigette Lundy-Paine) and Thea Preston (Samara Weaving). As the duo complete the speech, they end it by preforming a brand new song they wrote as a band back in their youth. The crowd disliked their bad performance so much that they disbanded the wedding leaving the band behind as the only ones left.

The next day, Bill and his wife are seen going to couple’s counseling. However, as the two are about to start, Ted and his wife show up at the exact same couple’s counseling appointment. The wives of Bill and Ted are completely distraught and the therapist can see the problem from first glance. The therapist tries to convince the duo to spend less time together as it is having a negative affect on their married lives. Unfortunately, when the duo disagree that their marriages are doing fine, the wives ask them to go home while they talk to the therapist for the rest of the appointment alone.

After Bill and Ted drive to their homes which happens to be next door to each other, they worry that their marriages might be in danger. As the duo enter Ted’s garage, they run into their daughters playing music just like their fathers did back in their day. Ted thinks that maybe it’s time for the two to finally give up the band life and finally settle down by acting like adults. Suddenly, a time machine appears in front of their home to deliver a message from the future that they need to write a song that will unite the world or else it’ll be the end of humanity. Once again, Bill and Ted must unite to fulfill their destiny or face the music.

Bill and Ted: Face the Music is as dumb and fun as its original predecessor. It delivers a strong opening act that’s both funny and nostalgic for older fans. However, the film loses its momentum during the final act due to its sense of humor. Regardless, Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves as Bill and Ted still have excellent chemistry just as they did over 30 years ago. For newcomers to the series, just turn off your brain and enjoy the ride.

Bill and Ted: Face the Music receives 6 stars out of 10 stars.

 

Tyler Jefferson is a Senior Broadcasting/Mass Communications major from Vicksburg, Mississippi. He will be a contributor to The Campus Chronicle for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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