Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, William Sadler
Director: Pete Hewitt
Running Time: 93 mins
Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey is an American film and the sequel to Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. After evil robot doubles of Bill and Ted come back in time to eliminate the real pair, Bill & Ted must find a way to save the future from begin changed forever.
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure is one of the most enjoyably goofy movies out there, with a playful perspective on history and time travel as well as two effortlessly lovable lead performances. Its sequel manages to capture some of that same energy, with the return of Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter the highlight, though it struggles to entertain with its story in the same way.
As far as the film’s comedy and fun factor goes, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey is no worse than its predecessor. With the exception of its screenplay, the movie has that same lovably goofy energy to it, and that makes it a delight to watch even when its story isn’t quite ticking.
Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are dynamite together once again as the titular excellent duo, and are equally impressive playing the role of anti-versions of themselves. Their energy and chemistry is second to none, and although they might not be quite as baby-faced as before, it’s so nice to see them having so much fun with this movie.
Director Pete Hewitt does really well in the opening stages to give this film the same lovable energy as its predecessor, while beginning to open up new paths of interest in an entertaining way. Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey is first and foremost a silly comedy, and Hewitt knows that, but he also deserves credit for working some fairly out-there ideas into the story nicely.
However, where the film really falls down is in its overly convoluted screenplay. The previous movie was a light-hearted yet clever play on time travel, with extra fun coming in the form of comic interpretations of some of history’s greatest figures.
This film doesn’t manage to deliver the same degree of enjoyment with a more fantasy-based story that largely does away with the fun-loving, time-bending antics of the last movie. There’s still some good sci-fi fun here and there, but most of the story focuses on Bill & Ted’s journey to heaven, hell, the afterlife and everything in between, leaving little room for the same playful writing as last time out.
It’s a real shame, because had it not been for a story that unfortunately tires a little too quickly, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey could have been a really fantastic follow-up to an effortlessly lovable original.
Overall, this is still a fun watch, with another round of delightful performances from Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, as well as the return of its irresistible brand of goofy humour. However, its screenplay is really lacking particularly in comparison to the previous film, so that’s why I’m giving Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey a 7.2.