Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves (Point Break) return as Bill and Ted in this sequel to the 1989 hit, "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.
The original idea for the characters of Bill and Ted, two suburban teenagers who just want everyone to "be excellent to each other," came to writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon in 1983 when improvising comedy with a group of fellow UCLA students. Enjoying the imaginary pair so much, they began concocting elaborate routines and histories for them, never intending Bill and Ted to be the subject of a film.
A year later they found themselves writing letters to each other as the characters, and they began to feel they might be on to something. Matheson, in San Diego studying theatre arts, and Solomon, an L.A. based comedy writer, decided to join forces on a screenplay. So entrenched were they in the characters' identities it took little more than a week to come up with the original script for Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.
It took four more years to get the film made and released to the public, but when it was, it became a sleeper hit.
In their Bogus Journey, Bill and Ted are out to save the world from evil robot that look just like they do. They meet the Grim Reaper (played by Bill Sadler, the terrorist in Die Hard II) who brings them through Hell to show what it's like. Bill and Ted have a contest with the Reaper playing the board game Battleship. When the Reaper loses, he yells, "Two out of three!"
There's a lot to like in this film, Bill Sadler is campy and the special effects are terrific. The settings for Heaven and Hell are imaginative and interesting. The offbeat humor is amusing but the boys' lingo, California Valley slang, gets to be tiresome after fifteen minutes. The short Dead Dude is Napoleon, The Salad Dressing Dude is Caesar, The Fugue Dude is J.S. Bach, are some samples of Bill and Ted speech.
If you're looking for something a little different this summer, go and enjoy.
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