Amiable slackers Bill and Ted are once again roped into a fantastical adventure when De Nomolos, a villain from the future, sends evil robot duplicates of the two lads to terminate and replace them. The robot doubles actually succeed in killing Bill and Ted, but the two are determined to escape the afterlife, challenging the Grim Reaper to a series of games in order to return to the land of the living.
|Release Date||:||July 19, 1991|
|Genres||:||Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Science Fiction|
|Production Company||:||Orion Pictures, Nelson Entertainment|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Writers||:||Chris Matheson, Ed Solomon, Chris Matheson, Ed Solomon|
|Casts||:||Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin, William Sadler, Joss Ackland, Pam Grier, Amy Stock-Poynton, Jim Martin, Hal Landon Jr., Annette Azcuy, Sarah Trigger, Chelcie Ross, Taj Mahal, Eleni Kelakos, Roy Brocksmith, J. Patrick McNamara, Dana Stevens, Carol Rosenthal, Chris Matheson, Brendan Ryan, William Thorne, Ed Gale, Arturo Gil, Tom Allard, Terry Finn, John Ehrin, Don Forney, Michael Chambers, Bruno Falcon, Ed Cambridge, Tad Horino, William Shatner, Robert Noble|
|Plot Keywords||:||future, dying and death, heaven, time travel, heavy metal, diabolical ego, afterlife, metal, robot, devil, doppelganger, seance|
It was only on my second viewing, years later, that I realized two things about this movie: 1) I enjoyed it immensely, and 2) that because its execution is decidedly sharper than the premise itself warrants. I had laughed my way through the movie before it occurred to me to renew my initial protests--valleyspeak and loogies and airheadedness (even *good*-natured airheadedness) just aren't inherently funny, especially when drawn out to feature length. But though the movie's momentum does begin to sputter out towards the end, Reeves and Winter and Sadler (and Hal Landon Jr. in an unforgettable scene) display such a remarkable sense of comic timing throughout that even the more clumsily-scripted jokes (e.g. Ted failing to recognize a certain inhabitant of Hell) work as effortlessly as the witter ones (e.g. the challenge). And the teaming of Winter and Reeves clicks so well that the teaming of Bill and Ted (who spend only one scene separated in the entire movie, disaster if they're not well-matched) appears utterly unstrained.
(Side note: I found the first movie to be only sporadically entertaining--sightly different comic sensibilities there, it seems.)
I give it a 7.75. Surprisingly good fun.