Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is a 1989 American comedy film directed by Stephen Herek. The film stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter. It is the first film in the Bill & Ted film series, followed by two sequels, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991), and Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020), as well as an animated television series in 1990 entitled Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures.
Two seemingly dumb teenagers, Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted "Theodore" Logan, set off on a quest to prepare the ultimate historical presentation with the help of a time machine.
Why It Rocks
- The idea about two teens traveling to the past in a time machine made by their future selves is very interesting.
- Great acting, from Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, and George Carlin.
- Decent special effects.
- Likable characters, such as the afromentioned Bill and Ted, and their mentor Rufus.
- Funny moments such as Beethoven playing rock music on a keyboard while Joan of Arc exercise dances with a group of people and the 69 joke.
- Good grasp of the source material, with many historical figures acting like themselves.
- Alongside Back to the Future it popularized the time-travelling genre, which has become highly overused in media a lot.
- The soundtrack is AWESOME, especially the heavy metal ones.
- Funny lines, with the best part being from Abe Lincoln himself: “LET’S PARTY ON, DUDES!”
- Some of the jokes can be tasteless or unfunny.
- The effects may have not aged well, even for 80's standards.
- Plot hole: How did Bill managed to quickly remove his armor if the other knights were chasing him for like, five seconds?
- It can be inappropriate at times even for a PG rating.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure received generally positive reviews and was a success at the box office, grossing $40.5 million against a $6.5 million budget, on Metacritic, which assigns a score of 100, gave the film a 50 indicating “mixed or average” reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has given a “fresh” rating of 81%.
- The name of the title was mentioned by Rhodey alongside some time-travel oriented films in Avengers: Endgame.