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Face the Music: A Thread about the Adventures and Journeys of William and Theodore

Rascally Badger

El Capitan de la outro espacio
(He/Him)
Bill & Ted Face the Music is out. Maybe nostalgia short circuited my critical faculties, but I mostly loved it. It is pretty much the best case scenario for follow up movie three decades later. Alex Winter just jumps right back in to being Bill and Keanu almost seems like the Ted of old. Keanu had the harder part, as Ted is mostly a blank, possibly stoned dopey-ness that is tough to translate in a guy in his mid-50s. It manages to unify the first two movies and pay off the jokey the premise of the first in a shockingly satisfying way. Also, it has Samara Weaving, who should be a bona fide movie star if she isn't already. Seriously, Ready or Not is great, and she is the best part of The Babysitter.

I really liked this movie.
 
Oh my gosh this movie was great. Gave me a lot of feelings since the old ones are some of my most watched movies of my childhood.
 

Jeanie

(Fem or Gender Neutral)
I had to pause the movie because I was laughing so hard when in the first 10 minutes Bill and Ted were explaining how when Ted was a freshman he asked Missy, who was a senior, to prom. Then how she married Bill's dad, then divorced him so she could marry Ted's dad, then how twenty-five years later,
they are all gathered together to celebrate Missy's latest marriage to Ted's little brother Deacon
.

And I had to stop again because of Bill and Ted's new song and its super long Prog Rock like tittle and all the instruments. There was a Theremin you guys. A Theremin!
 

Rascally Badger

El Capitan de la outro espacio
(He/Him)
It feels like maybe returning to the well one too many times, but I would love a whole movie about Billie and Thea
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
I get the general impression that we get new Bill and Ted films purely because the people involved actually want to make the film, which is a good thing.
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
I watched it last night. It was really fun, and good to see the characters again after all this time.
 

conchobhar

What's Shenmue?
(he/him/his)
I really enjoyed it! I think it does a good job at recapturing the spirit of the originals; not just Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves slipping back into their roles, but that writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon penned something that really stays true to the characters and their upbeat, optimistic attitude. It would have been really easy to make a story about some aged 80s slackers into something cynical— which they show in the wedding scene— but they resist that, and instead fully embrace the eponymous duo in all their anachronistic flair, and let them be just two dudes who still have utmost confidence in themselves, each other and their music.

I liked that Amy Stoch (Missy) and Hal Landon Jr. (Chief Logan) reprised their roles— unlike William Sadler's Death, I don't think either of these characters are "iconic" fan favourites and they could have easily been left out; so to bring them back feels like they really were getting the band back together. It just makes it feel that bit more like a love letter.

The story itself did a pretty good job at drawing off of both previous films' ideas and meshing them into a cohesive whole, which is cool— the reason everyone goes to hell is pretty clever— though it does feel a little derivative at times, and I don't think it quite did as much with the future Bills and Teds as it could have. But the finale is worth it, turning what was always a bit of a gag into something actually meaningful.

It's not a classic like the first, nor a creative follow-up like the second, but it's a worthy follow-up and finale to the series, and stands out as one of the few long-gap sequels to really get it.
 
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