Bill and Ted Face The Music is a joy-filled nostalgia trip that will leave everyone smiling. Nothing is surprising during this third installment of the two most excellent dudes seeking to save the world through their music. What did catch me off guard was how entertaining the film is while managing to avoid repeating the same elements from the previous films. It would be odd if Bill and Ted were still acting like those same teenagers we met so many years ago. Time has passed by, and these two have evolved in their way. Seeing these two in a new light is what makes the film endearing.
Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are now parents to daughters Thea (Samara Weaving) and Billie (Brigette Lundy-Paine). They are still married to the princesses from the first film, but things are changing. It seems that their intense friendship and desire to save the world with their music has strained things a great deal. Their band Wyld Stallyns was supposed to write the song that brought the universe together and still hasn’t done so. The movie is, in a sense, about coming to terms with where you are in life.
In seems that time might be running out for these most excellent buds. Rufus’s daughter (Kristen Schall) travels from the future to retrieve Bill and Ted to meet with the great leader (Holland Taylor), who tells them they now have hours to write this song, or everything will cease to exist.
Rather than attempt to pull this off, Bill and Ted head off into the future to steal the song from themselves. Some of the film’s funnier moments are a direct offshoot of this portion of the plot. Seeing that their dads are clearly in trouble, their daughters decide to go back in time to recruit famous musicians to form a super band. They manage to recruit Mozart, Jimi Hendrix, Louis Armstrong, and Kid Cudi. Of course, it doesn’t go according to plan, which results in a run-in with Death (William Sadler) and a Killer Robot with issues named Dennis Caleb McCoy (Anthony Carrigan).
Bill and Ted Face The Music is fast-paced and, at times, goofy. Winter and Reeves slip back into these roles with ease. These characters’ chemistry and genuine nature create this warmth seldom seen (especially in sequels)—the only portion of the film which dragged involved marriage counseling. The decision to bring in their daughters to the narrative was a great call. The casting of Weaving and Lundy-Paine as their daughters was a home run. It’s safe to say that these two stole the show. What’s great about the film is even though our two heroes have to “Face The Music,” they learn there is more to life than fame and the joy of seeing your children take center stage.