Phil's Quick Capsule Review

Bill & Ted Face The Music (2020): Review by Grosse Point Geek

Plot In a Nutshell

Years after escaping from Hell, conning their way into Heaven and defeating ‘Chuck’ De Nomolos at the San Dimas Battle Of The Bands, Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are married to the Princesses and have two teenage daughters.

All is not well though as their music careers are in the toilet, they are being forced into couples therapy by their wives and to top it all have failed dismally to write the prophesised song that will unite the world. Things get worse when a visitor from the future arrives and tells them they have a matter of hours to write said song or reality and life as we know it will cease to exist


What worked?

Reeves and Winter are once again extremely lovable as Bill and Ted  – both seem to be having a lot of fun and are very watchable – particularly Alex Winter who doesn’t seem to have aged a day since the last film (1991’s Bogus Journey).

Samara Weaving and Bridgette Lundy-Paine are an absolute hoot as Bills and Ted’s metal head daughters, then there is the return of William Sadler as Death – who is hilarious and manages to steal every scene he is in.

Its also a very happy film, zips along at rare old pace, never once taking itself seriously  – and in these rather bleak times I found that very refreshing.


What could have been better?

As fun as he is here, in all honesty Reeves is maybe a bit long in the tooth to be playing his goofball doofus roles of the past as he has done too many serious roles since the last Bill and Ted film, plus he looks a tad old without his John Wick beard.

William Sadler as Death isn’t in it enough and on the whole the film lacks a bit of the lunacy and sharpness of Excellent Adventure and particularly Bogus Journey.


Review Summary

Mad as cheese and so daft that its probably beyond any serious critique – on the whole a very entertaining, happy and uplifting film, funny in all the right places, not quite as good as the last two, but the on screen chemistry between Reeves and Winter is a joy to behold  – plus Sadler, Weaving and Lundy-Paine are superb. Definitely recommended


Party on dudes


7 out of 10 stars


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