Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey

Peter Hewitt, USA, 1991, 93 min.

Bill and Ted exist in their own world. Or do they exist in ours but see it in such a unique way that it feels like they don’t belong here? Am I over-analyzing? Maybe, but the appeal of their characters is real, and there must be some reason besides their slang and facial expressions. I believe it’s their world-view.

This film is a good example of how likable characters put into interesting situations can carry a film. This time, an evil from the future goes back in time to the present to kill Bill and Ted. It turns out that their antics have created the perfect society, except of course, for the evil De Nomolos, who has it out for them.

This adventure takes them from San Dimas California to the afterlife to a seance to the hardware store to a Star Trek episode. It’s episodic, but when you get immersed in the characters and their attitude then that doesn’t matter.

The film is helped greatly by Wiliam Sadler as Death. The battleship scene is classic and effective. But Bill and Ted carry the film. We may not want to admit it, but they are a part of all of us. And if they aren’t, then you take yourself way too seriously.

This film wins the award “Best Use of Battleship” for the classic confrontation with Death.

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