Thursday, April 21, 2016

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) - 7 stars out of 10

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) - 7 stars out of 10

“Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” is a totally righteous ode to 80’s heavy metal and stupid humor.  This cult classic does not contain a single serious moment so you need to be in a “Wayne’s World”/”Billy Madison” mood before you watch.  The plot is simple – these high school airheads need to get an A+ on their final history project or they will fail their senior year “most egregiously.”  Why do we care?  Because the future of humankind hinges on them forming a band and using their “most excellent” guitar music to bring the universe into peaceful harmony.  The road to success involves a time travelling phone booth that will allow them to collect historical figures and bring them back to their high school to help with their presentation.  It sounds like the worst movie ever, but it absolutely works.  The intentional overacting of Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter drives the story along at a fast pace.  George Carlin ties it all together as the straight man that gives direction to the clueless duo.  Highlights of the film include Napoleon eating ice cream, Napoleon at a bowling alley, Napoleon on waterslides, and a mall madness sequence where Billy the Kid, Socrates (pronounced “So-craytes”), Abraham Lincoln, Beethoven, and other historical figures create total chaos in modern times.  The entire film is cleverly educational while manipulating the legacies of these characters to create comedy.  My favorite moments occur when the main characters manipulate time to help themselves in the past, even though the script purposefully creates inexpiable time paradoxes just to mess with us.  “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” is a relatively family-friendly comedy that has become iconic throughout the years and will have you continually laughing out loud as long as you are in the right mood!

[Pictured: Every scene with Socrates is a good scene]

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