Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

I keep no secrets about movies around other people. Bill & Ted’s Excellent adventure is one of my favorite movies, easily in my top ten. Whether it deserves accolades of that level is something that I’m in no position to be objective about. I leave objectivity to Ayn Rand. Who, I might add, should really be in the rumored third Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure movie. But then, when it comes to time travel I always want more Ayn Rand.

If you don’t know, due to some cosmic injustice, about Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, it’s about the titular characters, Bill and Ted. While it superficially seems like another two stupid guys movie (Dude, Where’s My Car? and Dumb and Dumber) there’s a lot going on in this movie. One thing I find interesting is that Bill and Ted aren’t exactly stupid. They’re definitely stoners before an age where you could show that casually in movies. And they are bad at school, but throughout the course of the movie you can observe them be intelligent, compassionate, and eloquent. They’re just fundamentally incompatible with their education system.

Bill and Ted dream of becoming rock stars, and to that end practice making music videos in their garage. Also, they don’t know how to play.

Skip ahead several hundred years. Bill and Ted have become messianic figures who have brought about world piece. However, should they fail their history class, the utopia that is the Bill and Ted founded future will never be. To protect that future, the rulers of the future send back their agent, Rufus, to help Bill and Ted pass a history class.

This movie is so good.

Rufus gives Bill and Ted a time machine which they use to travel through the past, kidnapping historical figures to be in their history presentation. It’s as awesome as it sounds.

Some historical dudes they kidnap:

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Genghis Khan
  • Joan of Arc
  • Plato
  • Sigmund Freud
  • Bill the Kid (Mr. The Kid)

I’d recommend this movie and argue that this is an excellent movie, one that stands out even in Keanu Reeves’ stellar IMDB page.

The movie is light-hearted fun, and what’s more, you can see the seeds of Bill and Ted’s greatness. They have a detached way of looking at things and are fundamentally almost incapable of not living in the moment. They’re pretty zen, actually.

So yeah. The sequel is pretty good too, but not quite as good as the first one. Definitely watch it.

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