Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are best friends. They both attend the same high school and have lots in common. When Bill and Ted are not at school, they rock out in a garage with hopes of one day becoming a well-known rock band. The band’s name is none other than Wild Stallions. But there are just a few problems for Bill and Ted to tackle in life before the band becomes a reality.
Firstly, Bill and Ted can’t play music. They try, but no matter what, no decent music has yet to be heard. The other issue is that when the two are required to hand in a history report at school, based on what they know when it comes to history they are bound to fail. If they fail the history test, this will only force the parents of Bill and Ted to move them apart forever.
Thankfully, in the future, Bill and Ted are famous, and the music the two eventually create brings peace, uniting the world. A man from the future named Rufus sends himself back in time to help Bill and Ted with their history report. Rufus arrives in the present day and introduces himself to both Bill and Ted, giving them a time machine in the style of a public phone booth. Now Bill and Ted will travel through time to learn about the most excellent and historical figures including Billy the Kid, Joan of Arc, Abraham Lincoln and many more.
The biggest highlight of this film is the most excellent on-screen chemistry that both actors Alex Winters and Keanu Reeves share. The friendship that Bill and Ted have is compelling. Everything from body language and even the excellent timing of line delivery makes both characters incredibly likeable and fun to watch. Growing up I always remember how much fun this film was as a time travel feature. After my recent re-watch, I am proud to say I still really enjoy this film. The movie is also extraordinarily quotable, and the soundtrack of the film is a blast.
Overall, as a first instalment, I genuinely enjoy this film. Considering the film follows two not so smart teenagers, they are incredibly likeable as actors Alex Winters and Keanu Reeves bring such excellent chemistry to the screen. This is a guilty pleasure for me as I enjoy the film’s plot and the brainless fun it delivers. The film is also heavily quotable, and the soundtrack of the film is a blast. If you’ve never witnessed this excellent adventure, it comes highly recommended, even more so since the film has now been released on 4K UHD.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden