Movie Review: “Bill and Ted Face the Music” is stuff best left in the past

Oh, this one is going to hurt. How can you not like Bill and Ted? The two films were bright spots growing up as a Gen X’er, and Keanu Reeves’ real start before “Speed”. Sadly, the trilogy’s conclusion dug up almost 30 years later hasn’t evolved enough to be really entertaining. Or maybe I’m just getting old.

We catch up with Bill S. Preston Esq. and Theodore “Ted” Logan years after the events from the first two movies with an unfulfilled destiny of bringing the world together. They’ve got kids and marriage troubles and haven’t been able to play that prophetic song. When the future decides they’re done waiting on our guys, they force our duo to zig zag back and forth through time to try whatever works to save the universe.

The problem is that it never becomes more than an occasional smile generator fueled by goofiness. There aren’t really any truly funny moments like the first two films and the time travel gimmick has been played out so many times since we watched the last movie is that it just doesn’t vibe the same. It was made as a throwback and that might be okay for some but it’s not a strong film.

But it’s also not a bad movie. Director Dean Parisot allows Reeves and Alex Winters to pick up like they never stopped. And it’s also pretty clear that this isn’t made to be anything more than a light trip down memory lane, and in that regard it succeeds. Kristen Schaal (Last Man On Earth) is good as the departed George Carlin’s Rufus character’s daughter, and you’ve probably never seen Samara Weaving (Ready Or Not) play such a rad character as Ted’s daughter.

My 12 year old self would have loved “Face The Music” but in the end it’s probably best that Bill and Ted play their axes into the sunset and back into their fond places in our memories.

Bill and Ted Face The Music

GRADE: C-

Rated: PG 13

Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

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