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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Book To Movie Adaptations Coming Soon
It seems that Hollywood is on an adaptation bender these days. With the upcoming Dune film to the To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before Netflix franchise, there is a lot of money to be made in book to screen adaptations. And there are a ton of them in the works. Here’s 15 book to movie adaptations that will soon be coming to a screen near you.
1. The House of Gucci – November 24th, 2021
You don’t have to wait long to watch this true story unfold. Written by Sara Gay Forden, the book goes into the real-life whodunnit of the murder of Maurizio Gucci. Starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, this film is coming out this November.
2. Where the Crawdads Sing – June 24, 2022
This bestseller is going to premiere next summer on Netflix. The book, written by Delia Owens follows Kya; a young woman with a turbulent life, who becomes the prime suspect in a mysterious murder. Daisy Edgar-Jones is set to play Kya.
3. The Nightingale – December 23, 2022
The Nightingale, written by Kristin Hannah, follows the lives of two French sisters after their lives are torn apart by World War Two. The film stars sisters Elle and Dakota Fanning and is set to be released on 23 December 2022.
4. The School for Good and Evil – 2022
Written by Soman Chianani, The School for Good and Evil is a middle-grade standout. It takes place at twin schools that kidnap two children every year. Alongside the children of famous fairy-tale heroes and villains, these children are then trained at either the School for Good or the School for Evil. Eventually becoming the next generation of fairy tales. This film has big names in the cast, such as Charlize Theron, Laurence Fishburne, and Kerry Washington. The main characters Sophie and Agatha will be played by Sophia Ann Caruso and Holly Sturton. Shadow and Bone mainstay Kit Young will also be in this adaptation. It has wrapped filming and will come out sometime in 2022.
5. All Quiet on the Western Front – 2022
Who else remembers reading this in school? The classic was written by Erich Maria Remarque and chronicles the horrors of World War One. The book is being adapted as a film by Netflix. It’s going to be directed by Edward Berger and will star Daniel Bruhl. This is actually the third time the book has been adapted for the screen and will premier in 2022.
6. House of the Dragon/ Fire and Blood – 2022
Rejoice Game of Thrones fans, there’s more coming your way. Based on the book Fire and Blood by George R. R. Martin, this Game of Thrones spin-off follows the Targaryens 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. It’s being produced by HBO and will be a ten-part limited series. It’s set to premiere in 2022.
7. Bridgerton (Season 2) – 2022
The pandemic hit Bridgerton has also been renewed for season two. The second season will cover The Viscount Who Loved Me, by Julia Quinn. This love story will centre around Anthony Bridgerton. There’s no official release date, but speculation puts it at 2022.
8. A Discovery of Witches (Season 3) – 2022
AMC +’s Discovery of Witches has been renewed for season three. The show is based on Deborah Harkness’All Souls Trilogy. It centres around actors Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer as a vampire and witch who fall in love. It’s set to premiere sometime in 2022.
9. Shadow and Bone (Season 2) – 2022/2023
Netflix’s Shadow and Bone has been confirmed for a second season. It will cover the events of the second book, Siege and Storm. It’s also unclear if it will dip into the Six of Crows duology. You can read more of our coverage of season two of Shadow and Bone here.
10. Ninth House – TBD
Written by the same author of Shadow and Bone, Ninth House is Leigh Bardugo’s adult fiction series. It follows Yale freshman Alex Stern, who has the ability to see ghosts. She is hired to oversee the dark magical dealings of Yale’s secret societies and gets caught up in forces beyond her imagination. Picked up less than two days after its release in 2019, Ninth House is in the works for an Amazon series adaptation. The show does not have a release date yet and is still in pre-production. Leigh Bardugo is currently writing both the sequel and the show, according to her Instagram.
11. They Both Die at the End – TBD
When Mateo and Rufus are told that they will die, they befriend each other to enjoy their last day. After the project fizzled out at HBO, They Both Die at the End has now been picked up for a tv show by Entertainment One. The show will also be written by the author of the book, Adam Silvera. There is no release date yet.
12. The Selection – TBD
A staple of 2010s dystopian fiction, The Selection by Kiera Kass is right up there with Divergent and the Maze Runner. The Selection follows America Singer, who is selected to compete in a Bachelor-like competition to select the next Queen. What feels frivolous quickly becomes a high-stakes competition for the fate of the country. The Selection is set to premiere on Netflix as a movie. Haifaa Al-Mansour is attached to direct. You can expect to be able to watch The Selection in mid-2021.
13. The Red Queen – TBD
Another mainstay of mid-2010’s dystopia is the Red Queen series, by Victoria Aveyard. The Red Queen is set in a world divided by blood colour. The silver-blooded have superpowers and rule over the kingdom. The red-blooded are powerless; living in poverty and serving as cannon fodder to the war. But when red-blooded Mare Barrow reveals the power to manipulate lightning, everything changes. Elizabeth Banks is executive producing and directing The Red Queen for a TV series at Peacock. She will also play a key role. We’re still waiting on a release date, but Aveyard has co-written the pilot.
14. Blackout – TBD
Blackout is a collection of short stories following black teenagers who stumble upon love in the middle of a blackout in New York City. Authors include Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Nicola Yoon, and Ashley Woodfolk. The collection is going to be adapted into a six-part anthology on Netflix. The Obamas are actually producing Blackout under their flagship Higher Ground banner and Temple Hill. There is no release date yet.
15. Long Way Down – TBD
Written by Jason Reynolds, Long Way Down takes place in the sixty seconds the main character decides whether or not to murder the man who killed his brother. It’s being adapted into a feature film by Universal and is produced by John Legend and Michael De Luca. There is no release date yet.
That’s our list of 15 book to movie adaptations coming out soon. Which one are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments below.
Check out the five things you missed in Bridgeton Season One HERE.
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