Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Review – Unites the World and Saves Reality!


Bill & Ted’s franchise which started with the original film, Bill & Ted’s Excellent adventure, 1989, finally comes to an end with the release of  “Bill & Ted Face the Music”. This is the third and the last film in the science fiction comedy series.

The film feels fresh, thrilling and gripping, which stays true to its original characters without repeating the same plot. For people who haven’t seen the last two films, the Bill & Ted film series is about two good guys, Bill ( Alex Winter ) and Ted( Keanu Reeves) who are trying to find their place in the world. The plot of  “Bill & Ted Face the Music” is driven by their genuinely sweet beliefs about the importance of friendship, honesty, and, most of all, music. Be excellent to each other, dudes. It still matters.

The Story

Bill & Ted have come a long way, from their history class to now being parents to daughters named Thea (Samara Weaving) and Billie (Brigette Lundy-Paine). They’re still married to the princesses from the first film, played here by Erinn Hayes and Jayma Mays, but their relationship is not as smooth as it was earlier.

The overall plot, at first, seems a bit difficult to grasp, in simpler terms, it is about these two buddies trying to reinvent their music which could bring the universe together. 

“You are suppose to unite the world in song.”

The problem being, they can’t get started to even pen down a few lyrics. The same is reflected in their current pursuit to music, where the years of fame has left them with hallow content that is not substantial enough. They sing but they don’t sing artistically like they used to. That is their conflict and how they overcome it, is what the story is about.

The Time Travel Integration

Bill & Ted are taken to another reality by a mediator, where they meet The Great Leader, who tells them they have to write the song that ties all of the universe together or humanity will perish. So, Nolan is not the only guy here, making movies about time travel.

However, the real time travelling plot starts when Bill and Ted decide to go to the future to steal the song from themselves, leading to some wonderful, funny sequences in which the guys themselves in their futures. 

“How Is That Stealing If We’re Stealing From Ourselves, Dude?”

In most of them, they’re angry and alone, and Bill & Ted realize that they’re going to lose the princesses if they don’t fix their home lives too. Meanwhile, their daughters get the classic Bill & Ted roles of journeying back through time to meet important figures from history. They try to put together a dream band that includes Mozart, Jimi Hendrix, Louis Armstrong, and Kid Cudi.

After a plethora of time travels, pestering with almost all the time algorithms, Bill and Ted cross paths with Death who shows them and their daughters a way out of this chaos.

“Sometimes things don’t make sense until the end of the story.”

I didn’t really understand why even the time travel thing was incorporated in the screenplay. It might have given the film a touch of science fiction but the time travel gag seemed a total failure. Mixing genres like sci-fi and comedy, is a work of utter precision and it didn’t work in “Bill & Ted Face the Music” as much as it did for the Back to the Future Franchise.

Performance of Bill & Ted

Alex Winter is able to wear the old sleeves a little better than Reeves, but Keanu’s genuine likability as an actor goes a long way with some of his best lines. Yet, the understanding between the two actors throughout the franchise is void of any cynicism and is filled with honesty. Their bonding renders creativity and friendliness promises of strong chemistry between characters, the same can be evident in Winter and Reeves real lives too. Both of them are compassionate actors who have come a long way through their role. It’s clearly a labour of love.

“Bill & Ted Face the Music” is a comical approach which gives it’s tribute to the music. It sermons — it’s never too late to face the music, but only if we do it together.

“It wasn’t so much the song that made the difference, it was everyone playing it together. And it worked.”

Bill & Ted Face the Music directed by Dean Parisot is a science fiction comedy film. It is the third film in the Bill & Ted Series.

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Shikhar Agrawal
Shikhar Agrawal
I am an Onstage Dramatist and a Screenwriter. I have been working in the Indian Film Industry for the past 8 years, majorly writing dialogues for various films and television shows.

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