Oliver Matheson’s review published on Letterboxd:
“Excuse me, when did the Mongols rule China?”
As far as I know, this is the only film you can watch where you get to see Socrates call Sigmund Freud a “geek.” Why wouldn’t you want to experience that?
I haven’t watched Bill & Ted since high school over ten years ago, and even though I probably should have enjoyed it more then I think I love it more now than I ever did back then. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure is amazing! This is the balm I needed for a busy week. It is so pure-hearted, so fun, so ambitious with its plot you can’t help but smile throughout.
I don’t know why, but there is something so enjoyable about a Terminator-style plot centered around two California airheads from San Dimas trying to pass their history class. It is the script and the energy that sets this apart from other stoner/airhead comedies though. Bill & Ted is HILARIOUS. Wow does this put a smile on my face, what an amazing script. Endlessly rewatchable. Is “strange things are afoot at the Circle K” the greatest movie quote of all time? What about “Billy you are handling the oddity of time travel with the greatest of ease.” I can’t answer that, but probably. I’m not sure what it is about airheads talking this way that I find so funny, but I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of it.
And the pure-hearted energy makes it even more enjoyable! Ted is incredibly sweet and romantic, and Bill is so caring! Assigning buddies to the personages of historical significance so they don’t get lost and watching out for Socrates’ robes on the escalator? Rooting for Bill and Ted is so easy because they are such great guys. Nothing on display here but friendship and a respect for history. There is one insult that doesn’t age well, but I think it speaks more towards how men were told to express their feelings for each other at the time than towards the character of Bill or Ted.
Plus, you get the side plot of Napoleon Bonaparte bowling and going to a water park. 90 minutes of pure hilarious joy, that even manages to play with time travel in a really fun way. I can’t believe I haven’t revisited this in over ten years, but it has me quite excited for the 3 hours of Bill and Ted content I plan to experience tonight.
“I don’t know, I just work here”