BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE
Review by Michael Jacobson
Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin
Director: Stephen Herek
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1
Features: Theatrical Trailer
Length: 90 Minutes
Release Date: December 4, 2001
things are afoot at the Circle K.”
& Ted’s Excellent Adventure is a funny, fast paced hacked-up history lesson
featuring two clueless high school chums who engage on a trip through time on an
adventure that would have tickled the likes of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.
can remember when the picture first came out, and thinking, “They can NOT be
serious…”. But I was intrigued
enough to pay a visit to my local theatre with some friends of mine.
We were pleasantly surprised…no, make that terrifically surprised.
It was hilarious, charming, and inventive…half of the invention coming
from the terrific humor and premise, and the other half coming from stretching
any known theory of the time-space continuum beyond recognizable shape. I mean, if you stop and think about it, there’s no
conceivable way a person from the future could travel back in time to protect a
timeline that has already taken place…
but if you start thinking too much, you’ll miss the fun.
Poor Keanu Reeves…he’s had a successful career over the last decade,
but I’ll be darned if I don’t still think of Ted “Theodore” Logan as the
role I most remember him for. Every time he’s ever uttered a “whoa” on screen, it’s
a throwback to this film, much like “I’ll be back” became Arnold’s
paired up here with the likeable Alex Winter as Bill S. Preston, Esquire.
The two are best friends, bandmates, and pretty much your stereotypical
bonehead California kids of the 1980s. They
dream of turning their group Wyld Stallyns into something big.
The problem? They are about
to flunk history, unless they can come up with an A plus final project to save
themselves. And if they do, Ted’s
father is sending his son to military school in Alaska.
No more band.
seems hopeless until a hip traveler from the future, Rufus (Carlin), shows up in
a time-traveling phone booth and an offer to help the boys put together a
history project to…well, make history. He
has his reasons for helping the gallant pair, but I’ll leave that for you to
discover…it’s a trip.
with all the time in the world in theory, but time running out in reality, Bill
and Ted set off through time to collect historical figures for their project.
Along the way, they have mishaps one after another, and run into the
likes of Billy the Kid, Socrates, Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc, Genghis Khan,
Napoleon and more. Collecting them
is one thing…keeping them out of trouble in the 20th century?
That’s something else.
seen this picture at least a dozen times, and it always brings a smile to my
face. There’s something about the
hapless but plucky friends that’s downright winning despite their collective
lack of brain power. And the
concept of bringing historical figures into the 1980s?
Endlessly comic…their unrestrained romp through the mall is a definite
simply a funny, entertaining romp from start to finish.
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure is definitely history worth
is a quality anamorphic offering from MGM…it’s very nice to finally see the
film in its Scope ratio again! Colors
are quite good throughout; bright and natural with no bleedings or distortions.
Images are generally sharp and clear, with no distracting grain or
shimmer to spoil the effect. One or
two darker scenes lose a bit of definition, but that’s a very minor complaint.
All in all (say it with me now)…Excellent!
5.1 audio mix is lively and dynamic, with plenty of full stage effects (mainly
during the time travel sequences), some good music, and clear dialogue from
start to finish. A very worthy
a trailer. Bogus, dude!
& Ted’s Excellent Adventure is a modern comedy classic, whether you want to admit
it or not. Keanu Reeves and Alex
Winter make a terrific comic duo, and the picture’s sense of stylish,
energetic fun make this one fans come back to time and time again…in other
words, a terrific title for DVD.