Bill & Ted Face the Music: The Right Way to Sequel
Our beloved goofballs from the 80s are back in Bill & Ted Face the Music. The film is the third in the franchise, and it fits perfectly. Director Dean Parisot has managed to weave in a story that is comfortably within the wheelhouse. In this new film, the essence of Bill and Ted remains intact, but get a new adventure. A fresh yet familiar story, with new and familiar faces, make Bill & Ted Face the Music a perfect example of a sequel done right.
A Most Excellent Adventure
The plot for the film is familiar. Two dudes travel through time to fix one thing or another. That is the DNA of the Bill and Ted universe. The most recent film in the franchise also adds new wrinkles. Bill and Ted’s life circumstances play a role in the development of the plot. Not only do we get a new adventure to go on, but we also get new dimensions of Bill and Ted. That form of storytelling is an efficient way to develop plot and characters. At just an hour and a half run-time, the filmutilizes every minute to the fullest.
In addition to a new adventure, we also get a slew of new characters. The two most significant additions to the group are Billie (Brigitte Lundy-Pain) and Thea (Samara Weaving). Billie and Thea get in on the adventure to help their fathers. The girls are the embodiment of young Bill and Ted. They bring the vibrant youthfulness we saw in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. With Billie and Thea, the possibilities for spinoffs are wide open. There more new and hilarious characters, but to avoid spoilers, we will leave it to you to discover them.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of the film is the return of classic characters. Keanu Reeves (Bill) and Alex Winter (Ted) bring their iconic sensibilities back to the franchise. They are the obvious big draw for the film. Other characters also make their return. Hal Landon Jr. returns as Chief Logan along with Amy Stoch as Missy. Death also makes an epic return with William Sadler back in the role. The return of these original characters is a nice nod to the original films.
Overall, Bill & Ted Face the Music covers new territory while serving up the right amount of nostalgia. It is an excellent example of a sequel done right.
Bill & Ted Face the Music is available on digital!