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Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)

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The world of our distant future is a veritable utopia, thanks to the lyrics of two simple-minded 20th Century rock and rollers, Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted "Theodore" Logan. However, a would-be conqueror threatens to throw history off-track by sending "most non-non-heinous" evil robot Bill and Teds back to kill their good counterparts. Finding themselves dead, the boys must outwit the Grim Reaper and traverse Heaven and Hell to return to the land of the living, rescue their "babes" and have a "most triumphant" concert at the all-important Battle of the Bands. --IMDb
Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves
Alex Winter
Alex Winter
William Sadler
William Sadler
Joss Ackland
Joss Ackland
Pam Grier
Pam Grier
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Review by bluemeanie
Added: May 14, 2007
Grim Reaper: I believe Colonel Mustard did it in the study with a candlestick.
Dead Bill: Sorry, death, you lose! It was Professor Plum!
Grim Reaper: I said Plum!
Dead Ted: No way! You said Mustard! Can we go back now?
Grim Reaper: Uh, best three out of five!
Dead Ted: I don't believe this guy!

Talk about a sequel. The year was 1991, two years after "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" became both a commercial and critical success. There was a clamor for a sequel, and a sequel was born. Director Peter Hewitt was attached, and so "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" came to be. This is a darker film, and by many accounts, a more intelligent film. The writing is sharp and fresh, the storyline is over-the-top -- but just over-the-top enough to work, and the pay-off is one of the best sequels to come around in a long, long time.

The evil Chuck De Nomolos (Joss Ackland) sends Evil Bill and Evil Ted from the future to kill the actual Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves). They manage to do so and Bill and Ted are sent to hell. There, they meet the Grim Reaper (William Sadler), challenge him, and win, therefore turning him into their slave. Then they are sent to meet God, and then eventually back to Earth to defeat Evil Bill and Ted and win the San Dimas Battle of the Bands. Sounds kind of stupid, right? Well, it is -- but it works. Just as the first film relied on these ridiculous events to set up the action, so does the sequel -- but the writing is so clever and so humorous, you forget all of that.

There is not change of style or tone to this film, despite the addition of a new director. Everyone is still the same. Bill and Ted still spout off the same 1990's one liners as before. Rufus (George Carlin) is still as corny as ever. And, William Sadler is dead-on accurate as the Grim Reaper, adding most of the best comedic moments. Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves do great jobs with both the evil and good roles, and director Peter Hewitt certainly has an eye for visuals, because this film goes out of its way to be as interesting looking as possible. It's like a whole new world. How cool that they could take this franchise down a totally new path, but keep it so consistent with the original and not piss off fans of the first films.

In conclusion, this was a kick ass sequel. It's funny, and at times even funnier than the original. 10/10.
Shakes #1: Shakes - added 01/22/2009, 11:47 AM
THANK YOU bluemeanie! I love this movie! It's hilarious, clever... Proves sequels DO stand a chance at outdoing their predecessor (sp?)...easily 10/10
Lucid Dreams #2: Lucid Dreams - added 11/22/2010, 03:22 AM
I'm glad Keanu Reeves found a place where he can be an idiot. 9/10
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