Two Valley guys are about to fail their history class, which will mean the end of the future utopian civilisation for all mankind and so Rufus (George Carlin) is sent back in time to help them pass their history report in a most triumphant way.
This movie is amazing! If you haven’t seen it yet, go see it now, go on I’ll wait…. Okay so have you seen it now? Excellent!
The very premise for this film is amazing in itself, it’s comedic, it’s sci-fi, it’s awesome. The 27th century is a utopia, “the water is clean, the air is clean and even the dirt is clean.” This future utopia is based on the music of a late 20th century band Wyld Stallyns. Bill S. Preston Esq (Alex Winter) and Ted ‘Theodore’ Logan (Keanu Reeves) are trying to start this band, however they are also about to fail history class, if this happens Ted’s father will send Ted to a military academy in Alaska thus breaking up the band and destroying the future. To ensure the future of civilisation Rufus (George Carlin) is sent back in time to give the boys a time machine in order to help them pass their history report.
This is the film that made Keanu Reeves and even though the character is a bit simple, this is truly some of Keanu Reeves’ best acting. Probably because the character is so close to his natural personality anyway. His quote throughout the film, ‘Woah’ has become synonymous with Keanu Reeves himself.
I think this is also George Carlin’s best role, in most other films he plays a super eccentric over the top character. Whereas Rufus, is cool, calm and in control at all times. Carlin was, of course, a very famous comedian already by the time this movie came out. But the comedy of this film is nothing like Carlin’s style, not that that is a bad thing. It’s just interesting to see that he can still pull it off.
‘Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ is an amazing film and probably one of the most unappreciated and underrated films of all time. The plot is funny and water tight. The acting by all is pretty good and the FX are alright, for the 1980’s.
This is one of the few Time Travel films to actually treat time travel correctly and consistently. At the beginning of the film Ted’s Dad’s keys are missing, for which he blames Ted. Towards the end of the film Bill and Ted realise that they are going t That is why I named it number 11 in the Top 100 Time Travel films. I wanted it in the top 10 but I just couldn’t squeeze it in.
The script was written by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, they based the characters of Bill and Ted on an improv theatre performance they used to do in the early 80’s. Interestingly the phone booth that Bill and Ted use to travel through time was originally going to be a 1969 Chevy. However at the time it was felt that this would be too close to the idea in ‘Back
I’m giving this film 5 out of 5 stars or 10 out of 10, which ever you prefer. It is one of the most triumphant, bodacious, excellent films ever! And if you don’t think so… Well I guess that’s just your opinion. But I’d recommend you watch it right now and see if you don’t love it. Just try.