A truly earnest movie about how music can save the world from itself? I mean, how can I not love it? Along the way, there's plenty of exciting set pieces, clever use of historical figures and, most importantly, genuine laughs. Of course, the film's big asset is the inspired pairing of Winter and Reeves, which are great friends and that shows.
Returning to "Bill & Ted" as an adult, it's pretty easy to read the film as a transparent attempt to capitalize on the success of "Back to the Future." I also didn't care one iota. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are perfectly cast and their comedic timing couldn't be better: I totally bought them as a pair of sweet, guileless, and surprisingly enlightened Gen X slackers, and they had me laughing from start to finish.
Dated but humorous film that suffers from its '89 musical selections. A few sporadic laughs here and there with a baseball bat wielding Genghis Khan and an aerobics obsessed Joan of Arc coming off best. Wildly quotable at time of release but an eighties relic now.
Although I do view this film through nostalgia glasses, I feel like it holds up as one of the best irreverent buddy/high school comedies ever made. Reeves was never more suited for a role, and Winters is the only Bill there ever could have been. The catchphrase of the film serves as the best life advice I've ever heard.
2 1/2 *'s....i look around the world, read the news, note my interactions, and i can't help but notice no one is heeding Bill/Ted's excellent advice to the world..."Be excellent to one another"....try again, everyone, and try right next time...
Comedy with sentimental value for anyone that was teenager at the end of the eighties like me. Great soundtrack of lesser known rockers too, but the dialogue is dated with a lot of use of the word "dude". The effects are humorous in it's own (bad) way and it was quite the shock of seeing Keanu Reeves "acting?" just the same here as he has done the last 25 years makes me think his persona really is Ted.