Bill & Ted Face the Music ★★★★

There are likely a number of factors that lead to the 29 year old wait for a third Bill & Ted movie, whether it be a lack of a good script or co-star Alex Winter retiring from acting to become a documentary filmmaker. However, the stars finally aligned and we finally have Bill & Ted Face the Music written by franchise creators Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon and directed by Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest). This back brings back some of familiar elements from the previous films, such Ted’s disapproving father Chief Logan (Hal Landon Jr.) and the recurring marriage gag involving Bill & Ted’s former crush/stepmom Missy (Amy Stoch).

Tonally, Bill & Ted Face the Music is closer to Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure than the more fantastical sequel Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. This includes the subplot of Thea and Billie following in their father’s footsteps and traveling through time to collect various historical musicians including Jimi Hendrix (DazMann Still), Louis Armstrong (Jeremiah Craft), and…Kid Cudi, who seems surprisingly knowledgable about time travel. Bill & Ted Face the Music also sees William Sadler his scene-stealing role of Death from Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey and pays homage to the late George Carlin by utilizing archive footage from the first film to have his character Rufus appear in holograph form.

While there have been an increasing number of “legacy sequels” in recent years, I do have to contend that Bill & Ted Face the Music is one of the few decades-later sequels to end up being a fitting conclusion to the franchise.