One of the five movies I’ve most looked forward to watching in 2020 is the third Bill and Ted movie. Maybe not for the reasons some might expect. More on that shortly.
The original was the better than the sequel Bogus Journey, but I’ve been needing some more rock and roll from those crazy San Demis time travelers.
An official teaser dropped in June, giving us our first look at what the dynamic duo has been up to since their bogus journey. Answer: not much. They’re having a bit of a mid-life crisis, with Wyld Stallyns reduced to playing gigs “in Barstow, California, for 40 people, most of whom were there for two-dollar taco night,” as the future utopia’s Great Leader (Holland Taylor) observed. We got a brief glimpse of William Sadler’s Grim Reaper and Bill’s and Ted’s two daughters, Wilhelmina/Billie “Little Bill” Logan (Brigette Lundy-Paine, Bombshell) and Theodora/Thea “Little Ted” Preston (Samara Weaving, Ready or Not). Bill and Ted concoct a plan to travel to the future to steal the song that saves the world from themselves after they’ve already written it. (“How is it stealing if we’re stealing it from ourselves, dude?”)Bill and Ted Face the Music drops final trailer with a new release date | Ars Technica
Let’s see what the official trailer looks like.
The trailer makes me want to go back and rewatch the first two films. I like how many of their signature moves were included like them kneeling over and doing some heavy air guitar.
But does it work with their characters being older? That’s the main thing that makes me curious about this film. Does it work with an older Bill and Ted? Can it?
With the right story age shouldn’t matter.
Given, they aren’t high schoolers any more, which has their “dude!” juvenile personas losing a little — maybe a lot — of luster. Then again, maybe older Bill and Teds are just the kind of radical character change the franchise needs to keep a third adventure fresh?
We all grow older, even Bill and Ted, but maybe it’s the child in me wanting to keep Bill and Ted locked at a certain age.
The trailer and the obvious older ages of the actors makes this look slower than the original and sequel, too.
Can this work for the franchise? I don’t know. Not that I’m trying to be ageist, but age for characters that are intentionally immature is an obstacle that the script must somehow overcome. We all know know Keanu Reeves is a great actor, regardless of age and I’m not sure what Alex Winter has been up to but in the trailer he doesn’t seem out of character. George Carlin is gone, so no Rufus on this adventure, sadly. Carlin might be a vital missing ingredient.
What do you think? Do Bill & Ted have to be high schoolers to make films in this franchise work? Should we be glad they didn’t try to digitally de-age them? (actually, that could have been a very funny inside joke to play off of in 2020)
Bill and Ted Face The Music will be released in whatever theaters are open and streaming on VOD September 1, 2020.