Bill & Ted Face the Music feels a bit like a prank. Franchise filmmaking is king now, and due to this, any revival feels cynical by default. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and its sequel, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, are maybe amongst the least cynical movies ever made: honest romps by way of time and the afterlife starring candy morons who love rock n’ roll. They lack any type of edge or trace of darkness (even once they go to Hell) and delight of their lack of sophistication. There’s not a lot there, however that’s what makes them charming. This makes the concept of a third movie, launched over 30 years after the first, really feel like a stretch. Yet it is perhaps my favourite movie launched this year.
I noticed Bill & Ted Face the Music at a drive-in theater. It was one thing my companion and I had all the time wished to do (drive-ins, not Bill & Ted) however lacked the alternative. In a pandemic, nonetheless, drive-ins are amongst the solely protected methods to go see motion pictures outdoors of your own home, so we borrowed a automotive and drove to see the solely new movie taking part in at the drive-in that evening. Neither of us had notably sturdy emotions about the movie — we have been extra enthusiastic about the act of seeing a movie than we have been the movie itself — nevertheless it felt like the proper one to see on a heat summer season evening with the home windows down and actually dangerous concession stand meals balanced on our laps.
Bill & Ted Face the Music, like its predecessors, is a easy movie. Ted “Theodore” Logan (Keanu Reeves) and Bill S. Preston, Esq. (Alex Winter), have been instructed since they have been youngsters that their rock band, the Wyld Stallyns, will write the music that can unite the world. However, they’re now middle-aged males who one way or the other haven’t managed to drag it off. Because of this, the world is falling aside. Time and house are collapsing, and Kelly (Kristen Schaal), an emissary from the future, arrives to inform the Stallyns that they’ve till 7:17 p.m. to write down the music or else every thing involves an finish.
To resolve the downside with minimal effort, Bill and Ted resolve to attempt what labored in the previous: utilizing a time machine to leap to a future the place they’ve already written the music, and convey it again to the current. This goes improper, and the duo spend the remainder of the movie attempting to clean over more and more dire errors they make in the future as they proceed to neglect the current.
We by no means suppose as clearly about the current as we’d prefer to. I think that’s much more true now than it ever was. What, I ponder, will hindsight reveal about this year and the way we acquired it? I watched Bill & Ted Face the Music in a distant New Jersey drive-in as a result of drive-ins are amongst the few diversions accessible to me as the world falls aside. That collapse is by no means removed from my thoughts, least of all throughout the 91-minute movie about two middle-aged males staring down the finish of the world and attempting to keep away from doing something about it.
Throughout Face the Music, Bill and Ted journey additional and additional into their future to search out that they by no means change. Their lives simply worsen, as a result of they by no means cease working from their issues, from attempting to cheat their approach out of doing the work to repair something. Their future selves can’t enhance till Bill and Ted cease searching for them out, as a result of then which means they’ve stopped dishonest their approach into the music that saves the universe, and really began making it.
For the final year, I had been planning on getting married this month. That, like a lot of different issues in 2020, is not occurring, postponed for a year. I don’t know if that’s sufficient time. I doubt it’s sufficient time. Fretting about it, nonetheless, feels frivolous. So I don’t. Instead, I take a look at all of the different issues there are to be offended about proper now, and I really feel that as an alternative.
I don’t know the place to place all the rage. I can ship it to the future, which seems worse the farther into it I attain. I can ship it to the previous and despair over each incremental step that introduced us right here. Both look like horrible selections for the one that is residing right here, now.
So at the finish of Bill & Ted Face the Music, I cried, as a result of the current is the one factor I haven’t found out but, six months into calamity. I don’t know if the selections I’m making at this time are the proper ones or improper ones, and I’m working out of fictions to spin myself to justify residing and dealing and paying payments like the world isn’t literally on fire. I cried as a result of the wedding ceremony we thought we’d have will most likely by no means occur, as a result of nobody is getting the tomorrow they hoped for. And I cried as a result of at the finish of the movie everybody does rise up and face the music. Not as a result of they’ve figured something out, however as a result of they love the hell out of one another. That’s all they actually know tips on how to do — be glorious to one another and play music actually fucking loud. It’s nearly all I do know to do, too.