Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure ★★★

When you create a time travel film, you need to work out the “rules” of time travel that you’re going to follow. The Back to the Future films are a great example of this, as they create easy-to-understand time travel mechanics, ironed out by Doc in the famous Twin Pines Mall scene from the original film. Bill & Ted is out to hit a different tone, that of an airhead teenage comedy, and so the time travel rules reflect that. Yes, they’re completely dumb-ass. But they work so well within the context of the film. I really enjoy the use of time travel in Bill & Ted. The “we’ll come back later and help ourselves” notion is great.

George Carlin brings so much to such a minimal role. His dialogue isn’t even that good. He’s like the Alec Guinness Obi-Wan. It’s his face and manner that adds a weird kind-of comedic gravitas to the film that weights the absurdity of such a dumb (but enjoyable) film. I had an arduous week, it’s Friday night, and Bill & Ted allowed me to sink back, switch off and unwind.

It’s official, we live in the timeline where Bill & Ted flunked their history report...

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