Watched on Sunday May 28, 2023.
Bill & Ted Face the Music, 2020 - ★★★★
To be upfront: This is probably the most optimistic movie of 2020, at least to my knowledge. And true, there haven’t been a lot of movies, but those that were announced and didn’t make it yet, don’t seem to carry much positivity. So this one is different.
After their time adventure in 1989 and after they cheated death in 1991 Bill & Ted have yet to write the song that unites the world. And while they created families and continued to make music during the past 25 years, they haven’t been very successful at least at creating popular music and the band broke apart. So when the future in the person of Rufus’s daughter Kelly knocks on their door, telling them they merely have an hour to come up with the song, they have no clue how to do that. They decide to travel through their own future lifetime to find the song they need to perform, while being chased by a killer robot. And while the chilled-out duo cheats on themselves repeatedly (and also try to save their marriages) it’s their most excellent daughters that try to put together an amazing cross-temporal band...
It’s great fun to see Reeves and Winter back, as well as some more of the old crew. The most amazing new addition surely are the two daughters played by Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine that have a great chemistry and still are undoubtedly the offspring of their dads. The movie zips by very quickly with more plot points than the first two instalment. And while they could have spent some more time on certain scenes and a little more cash on certain special effects, I felt right at home from the get go. I especially like that (as one reviewer put it) the movie addresses the cynicism that seems to be so typical for our time without making the main characters cynics themselves. Even the robots have a conscience here! In fact this is not about two heroes saving the world at all, it’s really about everybody coming together, something that we easily seem to dismiss in our fragmented societies. It’s really the movie 2020 needs, while at the same time it’s rather sad not to be able to watch it on the big screen with a crowd. Yes, they do steal from both prior movies (is it really stealing though, when you steal from yourself?) but they still manage to come up with a new twist and a new enough ending while keeping the original mood and optimistic message very much alive: Be excellent to each other. And party on dudes!