Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) starring Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, William Sadler, Joss Ackland directed by Peter Hewitt Movie Review

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves in Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)


Things are going well for Bill (Alex Winter) & Ted (Keanu Reeves) as not only are they in the Battle of the Bands but the babes have agreed to marry them. What Bill & Ted don't yet know is that in the future the evil De Nomolos (Joss Ackland) has taken control of San Dimas and has sent back evil robot Bill & Ted to kill the real Bill & Ted. When the real Bill & Ted find themselves dead and facing the Grim Reaper (William Sadler) they must out smart him to get their lives back, save the babes, defeat evil robot Bill & Ted and win Battle of the Bands to secure the future harmony of San Dimas.

I once tried to introduce a friend's son to the joys of "Bill & Ted" thinking as he enjoyed daft comedies he would enjoy it, yet to my shock he hated it and thought it was boring. At that point I could have done several things to the heinous little dude such as Melvining him but instead just took it that you had to be there at the time to appreciate the comedy of "Bill & Ted" especially when it came to the sequel "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey".

William Sadler in Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)

Now I must admit I am finding it hard to find the words to describe "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" as it is all over place. Yes we have this storyline about evil robots from the future killing Bill & Ted but in many ways what "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" is all about it is the continual flow of comedy which manages to find something to make fun off in every single scene from the comedy of robot Bill & Ted getting robot chubbies to the dead Bill & Ted possessing two cops to battling the Grim Reaper as well as staring down Missy's top. None of which will make any sense to those who haven't watched the movie but once you have will make you smile and bring back many memories to the point that almost 25 years later as I watched Bill & Ted taking on the Grim Reaper I could remember bunking off school with some friends to go and watch this.

As for the acting well Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves make for a most excellent comedy double act and bounce off of each other in such a way it often feels unscripted. It makes me wonder what would happen if they ever did make a third Bill & Ted movie, whether they could not only recapture that chemistry but also grow it up a bit. Aside from Winter & Reeves there are other enjoyable performances from the returning Hal Landon Jr. as Captain Logan to Joss Ackland who shows up as De Nomolos. But it is William Sadler who makes the biggest impact as the Grim Reaper who ends up being Melvined by our lovable duo as well as beaten in a series of games.

What this all boils down to is that "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" is still a most excellent movie and not only still the riot of comedy it was but now with the added benefit of nostalgia as well. In fact I would even go as far as saying "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" has got better with age with the jokes seeming funnier than I remembered.