FILM UNFILTERED – Bill and Ted are back with a new adventure

FILM UNFILTERED – Bill and Ted are back with a new adventure

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The long overdue “Bill and Ted Face the Music” has finally been released. This film, much like the very maligned and also recently released “The New Mutants” has endured a very long road to fruition. The film’s two leads, Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, had been lobbying and attempting to jump-start this third film for a decade but had only recently raised enough interest, capital and financial backing to get it from paper to celluloid.

As the film opens, we find our titular leads Bill and Ted struggling to still write the song that will allegedly bring humanity to a Zen-like, peaceful existence on the planet Earth. The once highly popular duo has lost most of their credibility and all of their fame and have resorted to playing weddings and Elks clubs. They are visited by a representative from the future, who brings them ahead in time to answer for the reason they haven’t yet performed the mystery song. They are informed that if they do not do it in 16 hours that the fabric and reality of time and space will be forever altered. Dejected, the duo decides to begin jumping ahead in time and meeting with their future selves to see if they can reach a point where they find that the song has been written so they can steal it from themselves.

Simultaneously, their daughters Thea (Samara Weaving) and Billie (Brigette Lundy-Paine) become aware of this conundrum and decide that they must do their part to help their fathers, so they embark upon a quest to put together a most epic band that they can perform with. On top of all that, their two wives Joanna (Jayma Mays) and Elizabeth (Erinn Hayes) become embroiled in the craziness moving through time on their own agenda. With three separate teams of people moving throughout time, hilarity ensues and there are more than two or three great cameos that continue to support the love of rock ’n’ roll music throughout this trilogy. Probably none more so than a surprise appearance by Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl. Bill and Ted’s cohort from the second film “Bogus Journey” also return. The grim reaper himself, Death (William Sadler), also makes a triumphant return to help out as well as Ted’s father (Hal Landon Jr). Less helpful might be Missy (Amy Stoch), who was once married to Bill’s father and then Ted’s father and now in this film has found a new groom.

Eventually everything culminates into one crazy musical finale. I found that the lesson learned here is that eventually you have to let go of your own ego and move past your own legacy so that the next generation can do their own thing, make their mark and be special. Bill and Ted had become so hung up on what they were supposed to do that they lost sight of everything and everyone around them. I enjoyed this movie a lot and it definitely brought back some good nostalgic laughs and to some degree hit me close to home as my own daughter creeps up on 18 years old. I, too, have watched her talents grow and exceed mine, especially her ability at art. Much like Bill and Ted realize about their own daughters.

The film is rated PG-13.

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are back together in the newly released “Bill and Ted Face the Music.”