Today, Zechs will be reviewing the most excellent sequel to one of the greatest film sagas of all time, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991). *air guitar*
Credits & Solicit Info:
Directed by: Peter Hewitt
Alex Winter as Bill/ Evil Bill
Keanu Reeves as Ted/ Evil Ted
William Sadler as Death
Annette Azcuy as Elizabeth
Sarah Trigger as Joanna
Joss Ackland as De Nomolo
George Carlin as Rufus
I'm a lover of movies; in fact, I love all kinds of movies. Amongst them all, action movies especially are my passion. However, I also do enjoy sci-fi, drama, comedy, and horror. As for romance? Eh, if the babe is hot it might be deemed possibly watchable for me. Though even then, that so did not help me when I watched The English Patient (1996). Otherwise, I rather watch Batman & Robin (1997) for 24 hours straight than see a cheesy romance flick. Still, I cannot see every movie known to man when they come out, or only hear good stuff about them. Therefore, I'll put my behind down and review the flick. Enter this column, where I finally state was the movie truly worth the price of viewing or not.
I know, what the hell? I haven't ever seen this film? I mean I saw the most excellent original when I was a child but not it's sequel? Honestly, I think it's due to Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) again. I was so transfixed with killer cyborgs bashing the hell out of each other this movie totally slipped under my radar like so many movies of the early 90s. Still, I cannot deny this movie that's heart was of the 80s yet made in the 90s.
So, everything is all most excellent in the future until a righteous nut named De Nomolo (played by Mister “DIPOLOMATC IMMUNITY!” Joss Ackland) who wants to change the future to one under his rule. His plan? Send in evil robot duplicates to kill Bill & Ted (Alex Winters and Keanu Reeves in both good and evil roles). The bots actually succeed and thus the two rockers must beat Death (played to comedic perfection by William Sadler) to gain life once more to thwart their evil doubles from screwing with time even more.
Okay, I didn't really expect anything from this film. I mean the original was a pretty good movie in itself that I remember (Genghis Khan for me stole the entire movie). Now how could they top that? Well they so did. This film so very much surpasses the original.
First thing's first, the jokes. They are utterly hilarious. I found myself chuckling loudly a ton of times. They just don't make comedies like they used too. From the lines of Bill & Ted to the rock and time gags throughout the film. To Evil Bill & Ted's obsession in hurting cats. They're just utterly priceless and they just work. However, unlike the original there's a darker edge to this one no doubt appropriate given the main title to this film. Take for example the personal hells both Bill and Ted (grandma and the Easter bunny).
Then there are the absurd jokes like the sequence with the various games versus Death. I have to admit William Sadler as Death for me was one of the best things about this film and this particular sequence was the best part of the whole movie. The way he says, “Yes way.”to his “DAMN RIGHT!” just cracks me the hell up. Not to mention just to see him play Death as the straight-man to these two idiots is just priceless. I never would have expected such comic timing from a usual dramatic actor. I really have to look through his film career more to see if he's done more comedy's cause the dude got talent.
Also kudos of course have to go to Winter and Reeves as Bill & Ted and their evil counterparts. They play the roles exactly the same yet with an evil edge. Plus they play their regular selves with such loveable innocence you can't but love them.
Though of course the best joke would be the time travel one at the film's climax. It just feels something that I could only think Doctor Who probably would have used. I won't spoil that any further. Just go see the film! It's on You Tube.. for now.
Honestly there's no real negative I can say about this film. It's aged real well. The special effects look damned impressive now then they did then. About the only negative I can think of is the massive computers at the beginning of the movie and the fact that George Carlin as Rufus is criminally underused in this one. But I don't care it's just so tedious I'll overlook it.
This film is just comedy crack. The jokes just are so insane and out there that they work. At least for me. I mean come on this is probably still the greatest role Keanu Reeves will ever get and be known for. What a pleasant treat in watching this film and I'm glad this was so worth it. Anyone who wants to see a really great comedy film go see this! And with that.. STATION!!!
5 out of 5