Bill & Ted Face the Music

This is a delightful movie.

The film strikes an excellent balance between fan-favorite moments (going through time to round up famous folks; the return of Death; the endearing and enduring loyalty between Bill and Ted) with story advancements (Bill and Ted’s daughters are phenomenal characters; a fresh twist on that “song that unites the world” thing).

The plot doesn’t really matter and I won’t pretend to understand any of the time loops. It’s unusual for me to not care about either of those things (especially the time loops – I’m a sucker for quantum tunnels and paradoxes). But in this case, the essential goodness of the film and its characters is more than enough.

It’s also consistently funny. It got to the point where it put me in such a good mood I ended up laughing at things that perhaps weren’t laugh-out-loud funny. (The robot named “Dennis Caleb McCoy” really got me and I cannot tell you why.)

We need the spin-off: I’m here for a fourth film starring Bill and Ted’s daughters, Billie (Brigette Lundy-Paine) and Thea (Samara Weaving). The last act of “Face the Music” set up a perfect transition with Billie and Thea moving to center stage and Bill and Ted becoming supporting characters.