Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure ★★★★½

"Be Excellent to Each Other....and....PARTY ON, DUDES." ~ Abraham Lincoln.

One of my favourite movies when I was younger, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure feels like a good choice to watch before I turn 23 tomorrow, and holds up really well when rewatched and is an absolute blast from start to finish. Focusing on two slackers, the titular Bill & Ted, played by Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, the film follows their adventures going back in time recruiting famous figures from history ranging from Billy the Kid to Joan of Arc and Freud to Beethoven in an attempt to pass their History Report - where if they fail, they will be seperated with Bill's father sending him to military school as punishment.

This late-eighties comedy is so much fun from start to finish. It's a whistlestop tour of history that gets the most out of the dynamic between both Reeves and Winter, with Reeves putting in one of his most charismatic performances. The sheer absurdity of this film is what makes it work so well, and there's several great moments to be had here. I really enjoyed Napoleon's side arc where he's on his own and adapting to modern day America - and the assembling of all the various historical figures almost makes this movie feel like a time-travelling version of The Avengers. Where's our Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure cinematic universe? I would be there for that Billy the Kid and Socrates spinoff. I feel like they missed a trick there.

The phone box that they use to travel through time may be a knockoff of the TARDIS, and the CGI in the time-travel scenes may have dated horribly, but that doesn't stop this movie from being so fun from start to finish. It's a pure delight, and it being aware of just how stupid it is is one of its greatest strengths.

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