Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991) – Peter Hewitt

Two years after their Excellent Adventure, Bill S. Preston, esquire (Alex Winter) and Ted Theodore Logan (Keanu Reeves) went on a Bogus Journey, the next title up in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies, because of a little character by the name of Death (William Sadler).

Though the climax of the film rewrites some of their own temporal rules (the one being that the clock is always ticking in the present) Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey is a delight, and a fantastic surprise for the way the story goes. It was not what I thought the film was going to be about when I first ventured into is so many years ago.

Now, it’s just a joy to revisit. Bill and Ted still haven’t made it big as Wyld Stallyns. In fact they still don’t play that well. That doesn’t stop them from entering the Battle of the Bands run by Ms Wardroe (Pam Grier).

In the future, a would be tyrant, De Nomolos (Joss Ackland), who hates the world that has been created, sends back to evil robot versions of Bill and Ted to stop them, by killing Bill and Ted.

They succeed but that’s just the beginning for our heroes, as they venture through Hell, Heaven and square off against Death over a game board. They face their own personal hells, converse with the Almighty, run from the Devil and remind us of whats important through it all; be excellent to each other, and that now is the best time to be.

It’s silly, fun, and you get a real sense of the joy that Winter and Reeves had taking on these roles. And I can’t watch Excellent Adventure without wanting to start Bogus Journey right after it, and now, of course, there’s Face the Music as well.

Most excellent!

I mentioned it in my previous write-up that these films just happen to come along at the right point in my life originally, this one got me through a rough summer (emotionally) and now, I’m revisiting them in this time of uncertainty, and it’s like catching up with old friends.

I’ve missed Bill and Ted. It’s always nice to catch up with them, and who wouldn’t want to travel in time with them? Imagine the fun, and the welcome knowledge that no matter how bad things seem, they’ll work out.

That’s a powerful message.

And while they aren’t perfect, they want whats best for everybody, and they know how powerful friendship, and music can be.

Man, I missed these guys. I thinks it time to watch the whole trilogy (again). While I’m doing that, pick up a most excellent copy of DK Books’ Monsters in the Movies, and find something non-bogus to watch tonight!

Station!

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