We now know him mainly as the action star Speed, The Matrix and John Wick, but Keanu Reeves broke through with a completely different role that he’s in Bill & Ted face the music resumes.
In Bill & Ted’s excellent adventure (1989) he played a clumsy duo with Alex Winter, who were given a time machine to save both their school exams and the world. The fact that the fifties are now returning to their roles is especially nice news for the cult following.
Almost thirty years after Bill & Ted’s bogus journey, the first sequel, the gullible heroes appear to still have to write their world-saving musical hit. Problematic, because they have been mocked by their audience for years and the universe will end in 77 minutes. Hoping that their hit song will be ready in the future, Bill and Ted take the time machine to stalk their older versions. In the meantime their teenage daughters travel to the past, where they try to get Jimi Hendrix and Mozart, among others, into the perfect band.
The fans also travel through time, full of winks to the previous films and with a guarantee of humor in the faintest category. Unfortunately there are too few new jokes. For example, the fun of a killer robot, which, to its own horror, makes the wrong victims, is exhausted to boredom. A disadvantage is that many comparable films have now been released. With corny, but better performed comedies like Dude where’s my car? and The pick of destiny, Bill and Ted seem to have been overtaken by history.
✭✭ (2 out of 5)
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