Bill & Ted Face the Music and Their Franchise Future

8 Sep

Bill & Ted Face the Music poster.jpgBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Available on VOD


Bill and Ted still have an insurmountable task to accomplish in Face the Music. They still have to make that song to bring harmony to the universe. The pseudoscience and sociology behind being able to achieve that is hard to grasp as not even the Oa who created the Green Lantern Corps can promise universal peace. As cinema’s most lovable doofuses would say, being happy means being excellent to each other.

The story by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon is not too perplexing. Time travel stories often struggle with its own internal logic, and this film is no different.

The film is brilliant at realizing this mantra because the future shelves of Bill and Ted simply forget their own credo and need reminders. They are cruel to their past shelves. It’s sort of funny, but I can’t help but wonder when each future iteration decided to be nasty. Part of it has to do with how they failed as musicians. Sadly, the film doesn’t spend any time about them as family men. Their wives are concerned for their wellbeing and suggested couples therapy to “separate” them. Just why their kids adore their fathers is mind-boggling.

Development for this third work wasn’t even considered till 2008. The animated series and appearances in other media were lacklustre. Since the last two films, Keanu Reeves has become a genuine celebrity–a tougher-as-nails action hero than doe-eyed goof. Brigette Lundy-Paine is one of those perfect finds where she, as that daughter “Billie” Logan, pulls off being Ted the teen than Reeves reprising his role nearly 30 years later.

Bill and Ted Face the Music Featurette Introduces Bill & Ted's Daughters – /Film

Samara Weaving plays an amusing, smarter version of Bill (Alex Winter). She’s street savvy and with Billie, these two are more in touch with how to compose music than their fathers. This contrast helps make this film stand on its own than be a much delayed continuation of the Bill and Ted franchise. Thankfully, the idea is not to simply pass the torch to the kids to fix their father’s problems. Instead, they were on the ball with being in tune with the B&T legacy. We even have a dedication to Rufus.

I’m open for more Bill and Ted, but I firmly believe these actors would rather leave these roles behind than try to reprise it. As career actors, they have gone on to appear in bigger and better things. Their camaraderie is what makes returning to this world fun from time to time. Though these inseparable dorks are still together as they are at Death’s door as a parting gesture for those still watching the credits, just what can they do while in heaven?

I’d rather see an expansion where the creators of this franchise get serious with the subject of why the world loves music. It’s not just about Bill and Ted. I like to know why this rock-and-roll future has become what it is. Who built this city? Jefferson Starship and opinion polls aside, there’s a thread really worth exploring. How did this utopia develop after the momentous concert that brought the universe back from annihilation? And does this future philosophy have anything to do with the Greeks discovering music for the first time? Matheson and Solomon’s concept reveals a society patterned from the Classical period and I just like to know how the world got there.

3½ Excellents out of 5

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