Thirty years ago, I watched an amazing comedy movie, one that at the time was so far out of left field it could have been in an other stadium. Two slackers, tasked with writing a high school history paper, use a time machine to travel back in history, they meet up with famous people, they bring those famous people to modern times, have various calamities and adventures, and eventually complete the history paper, securing their long-time friendship.
Yeah, that was a bit of a mouthful.
But then again, that was Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter starred in this low-budget comedy that eventually became a box office blockbuster. It spawned a sequel, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, along with a live-action TV series, a Saturday morning cartoon, and even a breakfast cereal. Excellent.
Now if you watch that trailer above, there’s a classic scene in it where Bill and Ted run into Bill and Ted (it’s confusing, just run with it), and ask them, “If you’re really us, what number are we thinking of?” To which they respond, “69, dude!”
So it makes perfect sense that yesterday, on the 9th of June – 6/9 – the trailer for the long-awaited sequel, Bill and Ted Face the Music, would debut.
To which I say … woah.
I’m ready for this. I don’t care if Keanu Reeves is in his 50’s and looks like he’s wearing a Ted Logan wig on his head, like he filmed this movie inbetween John Wick scenes. I don’t care if Alex Winter looks like he’s been rocking the dad bod since 2005. I need some feel good fun and I need it right now. I mean, it’s freakin’ Bill and Ted. Don’t be heinous, dude.
Already I’m looking for clues or hints in this trailer as to what happened to the Wyld Stallyns between the second film and today. How are they going to explain what happened to Rufus, in that the actor who played Rufus, George Carlin, passed away? What about the babes they brought back from Medieval England? Did they have kids? Are there a new brood of Wyld Stallyns on the way? And did I see Death from Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey in this film as well?
Maybe to get through this nasty pandemic, we need the mantra of “Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes!” one more time.