BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT
A non-stop giggle from start to finish, Stephen Herek's
second film after Critters overhauls the seriousness of Time travel
movies, updating the Doctor Who concept to enchant anew. Everybody
concerned looks like they had a ball making Bill and Ted, you can often
catch the actors grinning unguardedly in the background, and this happy-go-lucky
sense of fun transfers itself well through the fourth wall. It's a daft,
thoroughly stupid send-up of Valley-speaking dudes, yet engaging to the max.
laughed so much I felt I'd been gagged with a spoon!
More concerned with taping 'a most triumphant video' to
launch their hard rock band, The Wyld Stallyns, Bill and Ted (Alex Winter and
Keanue [sic] Reeves) are in serious danger of flunking their history exams 'most
heinously'. That would mean Ted being sent to military school, very 'bogus', and
splitting the 'bodacious' dudes will have an awesome effect on the history of
the world. For the Stallyns' music is destined to initiate universal
peace and harmony.
Enter a 'solidly dressed' emissary from the concerned
Future, with the answer to their problem - a time-travelling phone booth which
whisks them through the circuits of history to gather their knowledge first
hand. With the 'savoury' words 'Excuse me, but you can you point us in the
direction of any historical personages of note in this area', they abduct and
cram Napoleon, Joan of Arc, Billy the Kid, Genghis Kahn, Mozart [this
was, of course, Beethoven not Mozart], Freud,
Socrates and Abraham Lincoln into the bionic booth. Stopping briefly in
prehistoric times to repair the crowded kiosk, they land on stage to give 'a
most excellent' A+ lecture saving the future world into the bargain.
Get on Bill and Tedís puerile wavelength and
the beguiling grab-bag affair will have you chortling constantly as Herekís
light scattershot style perfectly complements the wayward cosmic capers. All
hilarity stems from one vital ingredient - the superb characterisations of Bill
and Ted themselves. There has never been such a witlessly appealing airhead duo
as Winter and Reeves. Ambling amiably across the screen like a moronic puppet
with loose strings, Reeves cracked me up without him ever having to say a word.
And Winterís crooked plus Valley vocabulary makes him endearing with a
Noteworthy computer animation means the time-warp
special effects are always something to look forward to. And there are enough
good ideas stuffed into this winning premise to even give the Back to the
Futures a run for their money. Bill and Tedís Excellent Adventure
really is excellent and as flawless a purpose-built junk movie could ever wish
to be. ĎMost unprecedentedí enjoyment! (Starburst rating: 9)