"Be excellent to each other.
Party on dudes!"
Ghost here, Thanks for joining me today and I welcome you to another
So let's talk about a movie that I never thought I'd have the need to talk about on here... Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.
After Napoleon falls unconscious from a tree, they drag him inside and leave him with Ted's younger brother. Bill and Ted decide to use the phone booth to go across all of history and pick up different people to take to their history final. The pair befriend Billy the Kid and Socrates (who they call So-cray-ts) before landing in medieval England. While here they see a couple of princesses and decide to find them in the castle. After several shenanigans later, they anger the king who sentences them to death. Billy and Socrates save them from the chopping block and they escape through time although with some damage to the phone booth.
In the end they send the historical figures back to their own time and talk about making Wyld Stallyns a reality by learning to actually play the guitar. Rufus appears having rescued the princesses and asks all four of them for their autograph as they are the four band members whose music changed the future into the utopia it has become.
What's Good About It?It's difficult to pinpoint exactly what makes this film work because there are several things that would normally make me annoyed or disinterested in a film that this one does...but yet it somehow works here. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure isn't just a movie it's more of an experience that you just have to try out for yourself because of how bizarre it can be at times. That said, I can still certainly pinpoint a few of the better qualities.
There's also an attention to small detail. When they arrive in a new time period, even if it's only for a brief few moments, it feels like they have really appeared in that era. Everything from the costumes to the sets and props are authentic looking and give off an excellent atmosphere. Not only that but all the actors are going out of their way to do things in the background even if they aren't the focus. For example when Bill and Ted spot the princesses, Billy and Socrates could have just been standing there or could have just not been in the shot whatsoever, but instead they are throwing a football back and forth while staying in character just because they could. It's nice to have something interesting to look at no matter where you look on the screen.
The story isn't overly complicated. It's not something that you have to really think about or concentrate on which can be a breath of fresh air in comparison to many of today's movies with overly complicated plots. It's nice to sometimes just sit down and watch a funny silly movie. And yes this film is very silly but in a sort of lighthearted Tex Avery Cartoon kind of way that makes you laugh so long as you don't over-think it.
What's Bad About It?That being said... it IS an incredibly silly movie. If you can't handle silliness then this may be a tough watch. A Utopian society brought by two idiots playing heavy metal and the whole society hinges on them passing history? They escape from the prison by a tape recorder and a trash can falling on Ted's dad? Beethoven gets arrested for simply playing a keyboard in the mall while Sigmund Freud gets arrested just for running around with Abe Lincoln? Bubble Gum and cans of chocolate can fix a futuristic time machine? A lot of this is incredibly silly so if you're looking for a movie with logic you might want to look elsewhere.
Final ThoughtsThis is not a movie that you necessarily need to bring your brain to. In fact it's probably better if you don't question things and just accept everything at face value like the film's leads. Over-thinking with this film could ruin your enjoyment. If you haven't watched this before then you should certainly do so as soon as possible. It's not one of the greatest movies I've ever seen in my life but it's good enough to fit on my "everyone needs to see this once" list. If you have seen this movie but it's been a few years I would suggest that you re-watch it because there were many things I caught with this latest viewing that I had never seen or fully understood as a child but now get/caught as an adult. It probably won't be your favorite movie but it's destined to be a most excellent adventure!
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure is rated PG and is available on DVD and Netflix as of the writing of this post. You may even be able to find the whole thing on YouTube... I did!
This is Ghost fading into the darkness.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -If you want to see my other Movie and Television reviews/recommendations then simply click here!