BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE: DVD
Bill S. Preston esquire (Alex Winter) and Ted "Theodore" Logan (Keanu Reeves) are a couple of Californian high school slackers more interested in rockin' out in their metal band Wyld Stallyns than they are in school work or getting jobs. In danger of flunking their history class if they don't ace their impending final oral exam, Bill and Ted look set for disaster, and face even more serious problems when Ted's father threatens to send him to military school, breaking up their band, if he fails. However, as fate would have it, the music of Wyld Stallyns is destined to become a world wide saviour that unites the human race, so the leaders of the future send a time traveling dude named Rufus (George Carlin) back to help them pass their history final and save the band.
Review by Craig Miller
Say what you will about this 1989 cult classic (you are either a resident of the "bogus" or "excellent" camp), but Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure is one of those films that delivers on many levels, not the least of which is the film's blinding originality, its ability to capture and use successfully the language of its time, and its well developed, extremely grounded characters.
Ok, you got me, so I lied about the characters. But the originality, come on, combining two guys named "Bill" and "Ted", time travel in a zuped-up phone box, the idea that glam rock will unite humanity, late 1980s surfie vernacular and Sigmund Freud - that's gold in anyone's book!
Movies like this just don't get made any more (insert collective sigh here), and more's the shame, because enjoying mindless dumb fun at the movies, or on DVD in this case, should really be at the top of everyone's list from time to time.
Here we have a film whose primary concern is to entertain with its silliness, and for the most part, it succeeds. It is put together extremely well, the editing is sharp, there's lots of action and varying scenarios for our heroes to get in and out of, and there's not a hint of pretentiousness about it. The acting is far from great, but if you are watching this and being critical of the acting, you're missing the point entirely.
If you're feeling nostalgic, go back and visit this, if not to relive a cinematically simpler time, then to remember a couple of loveable slackers who made life a lot less complex for a couple of hours fifteen years ago with a crazy adventure and some very sound advice: "Be excellent to each other" and "Party on Dudes!" Sound philosophies indeed!
Published July 1, 2004
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BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE: DVD (PG)
CAST: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin, Dan Shor, Hal Landon Jr., Tony Steedman, Rod Loomis
DIRECTOR: Stephen Herek
SCRIPT: Chris Matheson & Ed Solomon
RUNNING TIME: 93 minutes
PRESENTATION: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (16:9 enhanced), Dolby 2.0
SPECIAL FEATURES: None
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Universal
DVD RELEASE: June 23, 2004