I am a child of the 90s. It was a time where looking ridiculous meant that you looked cool.
And it was a time when Keanu Reeves was not a gun-toting action hero but a teenage stoner rocker.
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) introduced us to a goofy smiling Keanu, who went on time travel adventures in a phone booth with his best friend Bill, played by actor turned documentarian Alex Winters.
Yes, kids. A phone booth. We once had a booth which had the sole purpose of housing a phone where you could make calls. Shut up. That technology was cutting edge.
The movie was phenomenal: A teenage movie that did not revolve round sex and was all about Bro-hood and having adventures with your best friend.
Imagine my excitement when the sequel Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991) came out and was also MOST EXCELLENT!
And now, 24 years later, it’s finally happening: Winters confirmed in a recent interview that Bill Ted 3 WILL happen!
How Reeves and Winters, both in their early 50s, will play surf rockers remains to be seen. And I do worry that the film makers will not honor the awesomeness that is Bill and Ted.
Here’s 3 things Bill & Ted 3 needs to get right.
1) Bill and Ted are about rock and roll
From the closing scene to scene to every momentous moment in both movies, rock and roll was there. The “Wyld Stallyns” brought about world peace and ended poverty through their music.
And rock and roll is distinct: Its got a flavour that moves. The new movie needs to bring rock and roll back to its roots with the likes of AC/DC and KISS.
That’s very doable – just look at how ACDC shook up Iron Man (2008). It would be an absolute travesty if the producers or the studio tried to “jazz” things up by bringing in pop music and making it contemporary. Please don’t.
Please please please don’t. Seriously, don’t do that.
Do however make a commentary on the frigging ridiculousness of today’s music. Frigging Anaconda by Minaj…..
2) A fitting tribute to Rufus
George Carlin, who played Rufus, Bill and Ted’s guide from the future, sadly passed in 2008 – a most excellent comedian.
A sort of Yoda to the duo, Rufus represented the goodness of the future and the mentor we always wanted.
A fitting tribute should be given to him.
3) The message of Bill and Ted
Be Excellent to One Another.
Maybe it was because I was a kid or maybe it was more peaceful back when the 2nd movie came out in 91…wait…Gulf War 1 (August 1990)…
Well, anyway, it seemed a lot more peaceful then.
Be Excellent to One Another: It’s a simple simple message but so hard to achieve.
And the new movie needs to encompass an extraordinary adventure but retain this message that is so relevant to today’s world.
Oh and…Party on Dudesss!!!
What do you think – what should Bill & Ted 3 have? Tell us!