The world was first introduced to Bill and Ted in 1989, and you can now see the third film in the franchise in cinemas. Does this new instalment add to the franchise, or harm what was a pretty perfect ending in their last outing? Here’s our review of Bill and Ted Face the Music
When viewing Bill and Ted Face the Music I felt like I had to wear two hats. The first remembering seeing the last movie (Bill and ted’s Bogus Journey) with school friends at our local Odeon, way back in 1991. The second hat, picturing myself as someone new to the franchise, critiquing it as a silly comedy with modern-day effects. Neither hat fits well here.
WARNING: The next section contains spoilers
I wrote an article a few weeks ago when the final trailer for this movie dropped. In the article, I speculated around certain plot aspects of the film hoping that I would be wrong. I regret to say that I wasn’t.
Trailers seem to be giving more and more plot away for movies. If you’ve seen the trailer for Bill and Ted Face the Music then you can probably work out what happens.
Bogus Journey recap
Let’s rewind to the end of Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. If you recall Wyld Stallyns return from their intensive guitar training to headline the battle of the bands. They blast out the wonderful ‘God Gave Rock and Roll to You II’, with a little help from KISS. Then we’re treated to a press montage of what happened to them next. This is where Face the Music picks up. But, importantly it skips some of the headlines and skews the headlines in a different direction.
The headlines highlight the growth of the band and their impact on the world beyond music. They highlight Death leaving the band which is a plot point in Face the Music and they highlight the rumoured split, again in this film. But the Bogus journey montage then brings them all back together again with a Rolling Stone cover headline. And we leave them as they blast into space to play a gig on Mars. This reunion and beyond is ignored in Bill and Ted Face the Music. Instead, they struggle and tumble down the bill, which is where the film picks things up.
Little Bill and Little Ted
We’re introduced to their daughters Thea (Samara Weaving) and Billie (Brigette Lundy-Paine). Music fans and following in their father’s footprints and goofy but caring slackers. Billie and Thea end up as the heroes of the film, as suggested in the trailer. Whilst Bill and Ted themselves are more downbeat, lacking some of the chirpy optimism they carried (including in the cartoon) previously. Their daughters are upbeat and big fans of music.
I guess the pressure of writing the song that will unite the world and save reality can put a downer on your personality.
Bill and Ted are tired
Part of the fun of the originals were the sayings and actions from the main characters. They crossed into popular culture. In this outing, though we see little air guitar, no great lines like “this is most non non heinous”. Or many heavy metal references like “take them to the Iron Maiden”. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter’s leads just seem beaten up by the world, as you would expect. But that’s not the point of Bill and Ted. They should be chirpy, happy and ignorant of the gravity of the situations they’re facing. Maybe the issues of the world in 2020 just finally got to them.
The legacy of Rufus
George Carlin played the character of Rufus in the original two movies. Since he died in 2008 they replaced the role with his daughter played by Kristen Schaal. Schaal’s character is called Kelly. A tribute to Carlin’s real-life daughter of the same name.
Rufus was a cool character. Kelly is harder to like. The future timeline is a bit messy. It includes a fairly pointless robot with personality quirks who doesn’t really end up doing much. And at no point do you really feel the gravitas of a destiny fulfilled.
The princesses are played by new actors again. But we do get to see familiar faces of Ted’s dad, Missy and the outstanding William Sadler as Death.
All these characters though just feel a bit more shoehorned in compared to how they fit before. Towards the end Death just feels like a forgotten part of the group.
Look, Bill and Ted Face the Music isn’t a bad movie. It’s quite fun and really easy to watch. But it’s predictable, as major elements were spoiled by the trailers. And it doesn’t feel like a step up to conclude the franchise over their second outing. Much like Pixar with the release of Toy Story 4, this is a decent film. But, not one that we ever really needed to have.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 4/10
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Hogwarts Houses For MCU Characters
Since its conception, Hogwarts houses have been a deciding factor in getting to know people. How someone answers “what Hogwarts house are you in?” can tell you a lot about a person. But where do some of our favourite MCU characters shape up when faced with the sorting hat?
Tony Stark/Iron Man- Ravenclaw
While Tony could be argued for almost any of the houses, Ravenclaw suits him best. Most of his development comes from the pursuit of knowledge. Aside from being one of the smartest characters in the MCU, he is constantly learning and improving upon his technology. He tends to approach large problems from a strategic and pragmatic standpoint, especially in his later films. Admittedly he can be brave and somewhat self-servingly ambitious. But who he is at the end of his arc and the way that he solves problems points to Iron Man being in Ravenclaw.
Steve Rogers/Captain America- Gryffindor
Is it even a question? Steve Rogers is definitely a Gryffindor. From day one, he has always strived to do what’s right. And he subtly wants a bit of glory for it too. He’s a natural leader and has always rushed into danger without a thought. He is undoubtedly driven by bravery and righteousness and is through and through a Gryffindor.
Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow- Hufflepuff
Natasha is tricky. She could truthfully swing in any direction. It may seem strange to put a spy in Hufflepuff, but if nothing else, Natasha is loyal. She cares deeply for those close to her and has shown that she’s willing to die for them. Her characterization throughout the MCU has been lacking, but her solo film has shown her to be fiercely loyal.
Bruce Banner/The Hulk- Ravenclaw
Another Ravenclaw. Similar to Tony, Bruce is very intelligent. While he seems to be less inclined to want to fight battles than Tony is, he is constantly learning. His relationship with the Hulk can even be characterized this way. By a desire to learn how to control him, then to understand him, then to become him. His arc is one that is driven by knowledge.
Thor is always looking to prove himself. Even though he can lift the hammer, he is constantly looking for validation that he is worthy. He’s not usually afraid of much, and when he is, he faces it anyway. What makes Thor a Gryffindor though is his desire to be the hero. He’s not in Slytherin because he doesn’t desire to rule. He’s not ambitious, he just wants validation.
Peter Parker/Spiderman- Gryffindor
Peter is another hard one. He’s intelligent like Bruce and Tony, which could throw him into Ravenclaw. He’s loyal to his friends, which could put him into Hufflepuff. But at his core, Peter is in Gryffindor. The proof is in one of his first lines in the MCU. In Civil War, he tells Tony, “if you can do the things I do, and you don’t, then bad things happen because of you. (paraphrased)” He feels that because he’s special, he has to act. And unlike Steve and Thor, Peter is almost always afraid. He faces his challenges in spite of that. And while he wants to have a normal life, and a typical High School experience, he selflessly puts himself on the line. Once again, Peter is not looking for recognition, he’s just trying to do the right thing.
Dr Strange- Ravenclaw
Lots of Ravenclaws in the MCU. For Dr Strange, there really isn’t any other option. He is completely driven by the pursuit of knowledge. And while recognition came with that, we see with his journey into the mystic arts that his true motivation comes from learning. He’s a very similar character to Tony Stark, and both of them are textbook Ravenclaws.
Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch- Hufflepuff
Like Natasha, Wanda is driven by her relationships. She is faithfully loyal to her brother, then Vision, then her family. She is definitely motivated to protect and care for those she loves. Including creating an entire alternate reality to be with them! Wanda is brave and intelligent, but at her core, she is loyal.
Finally, a Slytherin. Once again, was there any other option? Loki is characterized by his cunning and ambition. He wants to rule. And he doesn’t get there by rushing into battle. He gets there by being sneaky and clever. Loki is a Slytherin through and through.
Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel- Slytherin
This may not feel like the obvious choice for Carol, but she definitely portrays characteristics of a Slytherin. She’s the best, and she wants people to know it. She’s confident and clever, and she likes attention. We don’t know her very well yet, but from what we’ve seen, she seems to relish in the attention her efforts provide. She is good, helpful, and ambitious.
T’Challa/Black Panther- Hufflepuff
T’Challa is also driven by loyalty. But while he is protective of those he loves, his true loyalty is to Wakanda. He’s not king because of ambition, he’s king out of duty. Everything he does is through the lens of “what is best for Wakanda?” While it’s a bit unconventional, his loyalty to Wakanda characterizes him as a Hufflepuff.
Scott Lang/Ant-Man- Gryffindor
At first, it appears that Scott would be in Hufflepuff. After all, he is very motivated by his relationship with his daughter. But if he were truly 100% driven by that, he would have made different choices. He would not have betrayed Hope and Hank and teamed up with Captain America without their permission. He also would not have stolen from his company and landed in jail in the first place. But both of those above decisions do characterize him as a Gryffindor. He wants to be in the action, and he doesn’t always consider the consequences. Scott isn’t really looking for recognition and is not that ambitious, but he does want to be involved in the big events. He wants to help people, and he bravely faces battles. Sometimes without discretion.
Do you agree with our picks for these MCU characters in Hogwarts Houses? If not or if we’ve missed any out, leave us a comment below.
Check out our review of Black Widow HERE.
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