michael-garcia - September 27, 2016
In 1988 I was 11 years old and my favorite movie was Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. I'm not sure exactly what struck me so in the story of two losers who travel back in time to pass a history exam so they can grow up to save the world through butt rock. But I loved that crap. I drove my grandfather crazy watching it over and over on our top loading JVC VCR. So, I was pretty excited when they announced that they were making a sequel. While I did enjoy the second film it pales in comparison with the first one. Still, there is a lot of things we can learn about the afterlife from Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey. Dude.
A few years have gone by since the first Bill and Ted but the boys have yet to make Wyld Stallyns the greatest band in the world. They are still dating the princesses from the first film but are too poor to marry them. That's when an evil dude from the future named De Mopolos sends back two evil robot Bill and Teds to kill the real Bill and Ted. Whoa! That's exactly what they do. Then it is up to the boys to play the Grim Reaper to get back to the real world. They have most excellent adventures in hell and heaven and are eventually reincarnated. With the help of an alien named Station, they are able to build good robot Bill and Teds to defeat the evil robot Bill and Ted. All of this culminates at the Battle of the Bands contest in which Bill and Ted save the day and then travel into the past to learn how to play guitar. They then unite the Earth with their rendition of Kiss' "God Gave Rock and Roll to You." STATION!
Look, this is not a very good movie. But is it fun, silly, and have a great early 90's soundtrack? You bet your ass it does! There are some really good performances from William Sadler as Death and George Carlin as Rufus. There have been rumors for years of a third Bill and Ted. That would be most triumphant.
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