Nostalgia these days is at an all time high. During this time of COVID-19, civil unrest, and quarantine, people are looking for an escape into the past. With familiar faces and characters. Luckily, Bill and Ted Face The Music is able to walk the line between cringe worthy nostalgia and heart warming nostalgia. Face The Music blends the best parts of Excellent Journey and the worst parts of Bogus Journey and makes something that is enjoyable and clumsy all at the same time.
It is directed by Dean Parisot and written by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon. Alex Winter and Keanu Reevesreprise their roles as the respective title characters, and William Sadler reprises his role as the Grim Reaper, while Kristen Schaal, Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Anthony Carrigan, Erinn Hayes, Jayma Mays, Holland Taylor, Kid Cudi, and Jillian Bell join the cast.
Unlike some long overdue sequels, Face The Music shows mid-lifers Bill and Ted dealing with real problems. Marriage trouble. Being role models to their daughters. And trying to deal with money issues. Luckily the future needs them to create one song to unify the multiverse and stop the wave of temporal displacements of historical figures. And it just so happens this occurs when the two are looking for their next big hit.
The film has a lot of winks and nods to the previous two films but the real stars of the film are the two I thought would sink it. Samara Weaving and Bridgette Lundy-Paine work so well together as the kids of Bill and Ted one might think they will get their own spin-off. Their excellent journey sees them assembling an eclectic group of musicians across time and space to help create the most excellent song ever made. Somehow Kid Cudi fits into this who knows way more about temporal displacement than anyone should. It might also be because he may or may not be the alien, Station from Bogus Journey (which would actually explain a lot.)
William Sadler is a very welcome return as Death (just as the film starts to drag) and helps lift it back up to a satisfying conclusion. Is Face The Music the best movie of the Summer? Maybe not, but it is a lot of fun and a welcome distraction from all the horrible things happening in real life.
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