Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991) – Film Review

It wasn’t enough of a journey to pass history in order to become the best band ever to save the world, Bill and Ted need to meet their next key point in history – learning to play and becoming the best band ever. Only when evil robots are send back in time to kill them, take their ladies and change the course of history, will Bill and Ted prevail?

So good. Everything. Okay, apart from the moments of homophobia. And the questionable logic. It’s worth watching just for the amazingly stylish future clothes which are so impractical that the wearers can barely walk… and for anything featuring the Grim Reaper. Such a good character. And Station. And the robots. There’s a lot of good here.

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) Film Review

Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are a couple of teenagers who pay no attention in class, are probably massive stoners (but for this rating, drugs aren’t going to get a mention) and who are failing History. However, they are also the saviours of life on Earth, and if they fail this History test, they won’t be able to fulfil their destiny.

Tenuous logic? Oh, there’s so much in this. But ignore the fact that a whole year’s worth of failing can be saved by one presentation. Or that chances are, they are probably failing every other subject. And make sure you are unencumbered by the fact that timelines in History don’t get affected by any behaviour in any way… switch off all logic and enjoy. I loved this as much for the memory of watching it as a teenager, travelling into town to meet friends. And for the most part, it held up. It was disappointing that there were a couple of moments of casual homophobia. Of its time? I suppose. I’m just glad they were fleeting and that there was enough silly fun to keep it as a decent film.