Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey is a 1991 American science fiction comedy film, and the feature directorial debut of Pete Hewitt.[3] It is the second film in the Bill & Ted franchise, and a sequel to Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989). Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter and George Carlin reprise their roles.[4] The film's original working title was Bill & Ted Go to Hell[5][6] and the film's soundtrack featured the song "Go to Hell" by Megadeth, which Dave Mustaine wrote for the film. The film, which partially spoofs The Seventh Seal, received mixed reviews from critics, but has since gained a cult following like its predecessor.[7][8][9]

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byPete Hewitt
Produced byScott Kroopf
Written byChris Matheson
Ed Solomon
Based on
Characters
by
  • Chris Matheson
  • Ed Solomon
Starring
Music byDavid Newman
CinematographyOliver Wood
Edited byDavid Finfer
Production
company
Distributed byOrion Pictures
Release date
  • July 19, 1991 (1991-07-19)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$20 million[1]
Box office$38 million (US)[2]

A sequel, Bill & Ted Face the Music is scheduled to be released in September 2020[10], with Reeves and Winter reprising their roles.

PlotEdit

The music of Bill and Ted's band, Wyld Stallyns, has created a utopian future society. In 2691, former gym teacher turned terrorist Chuck De Nomolos attacks the Bill & Ted University and steals a time-traveling phone booth, intending to alter the history of what he considers to be a foolish and frivolous society by sending evil robot replicas of Bill and Ted back to the late 20th century to prevent the originals from winning the San Dimas Battle of the Bands. Rufus attempts to stop De Nomolos but seemingly becomes lost in the circuits of time.

Several years after their adventure through time, Wyld Stallyns is auditioning for the upcoming contest. Though Bill and Ted's current girlfriends and former 15th-century princesses Joanna and Elizabeth have become skilled musicians, Bill and Ted are still inept. Despite this, the organizer, Ms. Wardroe, assures them a slot in the contest as the final act. Following a party, Bill and Ted propose to Joanna and Elizabeth right as the evil robots arrive from the future. After luring the real Bill and Ted away to Vasquez Rocks and killing them by throwing the two over the side of a cliff, the robots begin working to ruin the duo’s eventual fame along with their relationships with their fiancés.

In the afterlife, Bill and Ted's souls are met by Death who says they may challenge him in a game for their souls, but warns that nobody has ever won. Bill and Ted escape after giving Death a "melvin" and are unsuccessful at alerting the police through possession of Ted's father and a deputy, eventually cast down into Hell at a séance held by Missy. Tormented by Satan and forced to face their own fears, the duo realize their only escape is to take Death's offer, who appears and allows them to choose a game. To Death’s dismay, Bill and Ted select modern games like Battleship, Clue, Electric Football and Twister.[11] Death is beaten every time, so in the end he reluctantly admits defeat and places himself at Bill and Ted's command.

Realizing they need to locate the smartest person in the universe to help build robots to counter De Nomolos' evil robots, Death escorts Bill and Ted to Heaven where they are directed by God to an alien duo named Station who readily agrees to help the group. On the eve of the Battle of the Bands, Bill and Ted return to the mortal world and race to the concert as Station constructs benevolent robot versions of themselves from supplies picked up at a hardware store. Elsewhere, Evil Bill and Ted abduct Joanna and Elizabeth and tie them high above the stage at the Battle of the Bands, intending to drop them at the finale.

Bill and Ted arrive just as the evil robots take the stage; the benevolent robots easily defeat their evil counterparts and Joanna and Elizabeth are lowered by Station before their ropes break. De Nomolos appears in the time booth prepared to kill Bill and Ted himself, overriding the broadcasting equipment to send a live feed of their confrontation across the entire planet. Bill and Ted deduce that they can go back in time following the encounter to arrange events for De Nomolos to be captured in the present; though De Nomolos attempts to do the same, Bill and Ted gain the upper hand by explaining that it is only the winners who get to go back. After De Nomolos is distracted by Death and arrested by Ted's father, Ms. Wardroe reveals herself to be a disguised Rufus, who urges them to play.

Acknowledging that they are still terrible musicians, Bill and Ted decide to use the time booth and immediately return to the auditorium with their families which now include "Little Ted & Little Bill" after spending sixteen months of intense guitar training along with a two-week honeymoon. Joined by Death, the Stations and the good robots on stage, Wyld Stallyns perform a stunning rock ballad as the worldwide broadcast sent by De Nomolos continues, broadcasting their music across the globe and creating harmony. Following their win at the Battle of the Bands, Wyld Stallyns encounter many perks of fame that help them to fulfill their destinies and create their utopian society with their music, eventually taking their act to Mars.

CastEdit

Progressive rock/metal band Primus appear as themselves during Battle of the Bands, performing Tommy the Cat. Candace and Lauren Mead portray "Little Bill" Logan and "Little Ted" Preston; with the characters revealed in Bill & Ted Face the Music to be girls, whose full names are shown to be Billie Logan and Thea Preston.[13][14]

The name "Station" was the result of a leftover editing typo, according to the movie's writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon. They had cut a scene from the script, labeled "INT. POLICE STATION" but had left the "STATION" part dangling, and as they were drunk at the time, found that saying "Station" in a "[tiny] Martian voice" was hilarious, and the name stuck.[15]

SoundtrackEdit

As was particularly common at the time, the soundtrack album focuses on the rock music heard throughout the film. An album of the full orchestral score by David Newman would not become available until 2007.[16]

The song Bill and Ted play for the battle of the bands is "Final Guitar Solo" by Steve Vai, which he wrote to help blend into "God Gave Rock 'N' Roll to You II" by Kiss, although Bill appears similar in appearance to Dusty Hill and Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top.[17]

There's also a reference to the lyrics from "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" by Poison.[18]

ReceptionEdit

Critical reception to the movie was mixed. Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reported that 54% of 50 surveyed critics gave Bogus Journey a positive review; the average rating was 5.93/10. The film's consensus stated: "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey has the same stars—and cheerfully wacky sense of humor—as its predecessor, but they prove a far less effective combination the second time around."[19]

Desson Howe of The Washington Post called it "an entertaining, surreal journey" that is "funnier and livelier than the original."[20] Janet Maslin of The New York Times called it "amusing but sloppy and overcomplicated".[21] Roger Ebert gave the film 3 out of a possible 4 stars, writing, "It's the kind of movie where you start out snickering in spite of yourself, and end up actually admiring the originality that went into creating this hallucinatory slapstick."[22] (Ebert did not see or review the first film.) Dave Kehr, then of the Chicago Tribune, also gave the film 3 stars. He stated that it is unusual for an Ingmar Bergman parody to show up in a teen comedy, and referred to the film as a "genuine pleasure."[23] Gene Siskel, also of the Tribune, gave the film only 2½ stars, but did say that the second film was better than the first.[23] Leonard Maltin also gave Bogus Journey 2½ stars, a half-star more than he gave to Excellent Adventure.[24] Variety wrote that the film has "a few triumphant moments, but not enough to sustain pic's running time."[25]

Marvel Comics adaptationEdit

To coincide with the release of the Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, Marvel Comics released a one-shot comic book adaptation of the film, hiring Evan Dorkin to adapt the screenplay and pencil the art. Like Archie Goodwin's adaptation of the first Star Wars film film, Dorkin worked from the original script, which included many deleted scenes such as the fears from Hell attempting to block Bill and Ted from the concert, and Evil Bill and Ted killing Bill and Ted before they remind the Reaper that they are owed lives from beating him so many times. Death was portrayed as the archetypal skeletal figure. Due to the popularity of the comic, Marvel commissioned a spin-off series, Bill & Ted's Excellent Comic Book, which kept the talents of Dorkin, DeStefano, and Severin. The series ran for 12 issues, featuring original stories, such as Death taking a vacation, a medieval version of Bill and Ted, Bill and Ted gaining a band manager, a return by DeNomolos, an attempt to stop John Wilkes Booth, and meeting Little Bill and Ted from the future.[26]

SequelEdit

In 2010, Reeves indicated that Matheson and Solomon were working on a script for a third film,[27] confirming in April 2011 that a draft was complete.[28] Winter said in March 2012 that he and Reeves both like the finished script, which revisits the two characters after the changes of the past twenty years. Despite the script being finished and satisfied by both parties, no specific filming dates were given.[29]

In April 2016, Winter said that he hoped the film would begin production in 2017.[30] Reeves gave an update on the film in February 2017; he said a story has been written for the third film. "Basically, they're supposed to write a song to save the world and they haven't done that. The pressure of having to save the world, their marriages are falling apart, their kids are kind of mad at them, and then someone comes from the future and tells them if they don't write the song it's not just the world, it's the universe. So they have to save the universe because time is breaking apart."[31] On May 8, 2018, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Bill & Ted: Face the Music, was officially in pre-production, with Dean Parisot directing, and no announced release date.[32] Both Reeves and Winter agreed to return to reprise their roles.

On February 6, 2019, Production Weekly listed production on Face the Music as slated to start on March 5 of that year.[33][34]

ReferencesEdit

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  30. ^ "Bill & Ted 3 is finally going into production". consequenceofsound.net. April 13, 2016.
  31. ^ "Keanu Reeves confirms new Bill & Ted movie, and it's got a bonkers plot". consequenceofsound.net. February 11, 2017.
  32. ^ Ritman, Alex (May 8, 2018). "'Bill & Ted Face the Music' is actually happening, some 29 years after the duo's first excellent adventure". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
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