Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey; fantasy comedy, USA, 1991; D: Peter Hewitt, S: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, William Sadler

In the perfect future, there are some people who rebel against constant peace and rock music, so they want to destroy its origins: a song written centuries ago by teenagers Bill and Ted in the 20th century. The rebels send two androids in the past that look exactly like Bill and Ted, who kill the above mentioned rockers, take their place and covertly start composing bad songs. In the meantime, the souls of real Bill and Ted enter Hell, then Heaven, and then go back to Earth after they swayed Death, joining forces with some alien monster than can split into half in order to create two new androids that will eliminate their impostors.

Since the very fun comedy "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure", assembled like a fantasy forerunner to "Wayne's World", became a box office hit, it spanned a TV animated show and, unfortunately, this sequel that seems to have left almost all virtues and simplicity of the original in the 1st film, which is why it was declared as a worse successor by the critics. It turned into a too complicated mess of a film and as a whole minimally fun, where humor and that fine 'hangout' mood were replaced with disgust just to keep viewers from feeling bored. Only Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter still have that charm as the title youngsters and their effort is the only reason to see the story which is as far from the 1st film as one could have thought. Underdeveloped and chaotic, blowzy and careless, entirerly insane and empty, where only a couple of jokes save the thing, this is an uninspired-avarage flick that displays an interesting trend of the series: when the title has the word "excellent" in it, it is excellent, when the title has the word "bogus" in it, it is bogus.


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