Bill and Ted must escape Death himself to stop evil robot
versions of themselves and win the Battle of the Bands.
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)
Directed by Pete Hewitt
Written by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon
Starring Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, William Sadler,
Joss Ackland, Pam Grier, George Carlin, Amy Stock- Poynton,
Hal Landon Jr., Sarah Trigger, Annette Azcuy
Sequel to 1989's Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
I didn't have very high expectations for Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, as I'd heard it was either a waste of time or just plain stupid. Whoever said that was dead wrong, though, as this comedy sequel is definitely on par with the first film. It's just as ridiculous, dumb, and funny as the first one, especially with William Sadler's hilarious take on the Grim Reaper. This one does a lot of world-building and introduces a lot of odd characters and situations that might be off-putting to some. But if you know what you're getting into, there's so much to like about this one.
Bill (Winter) and Ted (Reeves) are in a good place. They're dating the babes and are about to enter the Battle of the Bands. But when a future villain hellbent on conquering time sends back evil robot versions of Bill & Ted, our heroes are killed and trapped in the afterlife. There, they meet Death (Sadler) and outsmart him, winning his allegiance. Now, they must defeat the evil robot thems and save the future once again. It's a wild ride, and a most non-heinous bogus journey, but ultimately a fun, super stupid adventure.
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey might not be a lot of peoples' favorite of the franchise, but it adds a lot to Excellent Adventure. It will make you laugh from beginning to end, and it is never boring. There's not much else you could ask from a film like this. Reeves and Winter still have impeccable chemistry and make this franchise a great one to just kick back and enjoy.
After the seemingly huge success of the first film, it wasn’t long before a second came out. Enter Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. But, instead of a time travel heavy plot, we see our goofy duo have to traverse the various dimensions of the afterlife. Fans seem to forget this one. While I’ve heard plenty about the original, it always seemed people didn’t like this one as much. While still held in pretty good regard, I just don’t know as many people that are into this sequel. Now that I’ve watched it, though, I can see why in some regards. With that, let’s begin this most bogus journey dudes.
Like I said before, instead of traveling through time, we are shown a variation of Heaven and Hell. While this does take away some of the charm that was the original, there is still a lot of really creative stuff here. From how Hell is represented by picking the room your eternity will be spent in to the upper society feeling of Heaven, the filmmakers had a ball with this concept. Reeves and Winter are also just as good as ever and maintain the same level of chemistry they had prior. There’s also several solid recurring jokes from the original popping back up here. But, the biggest scene stealer of them all, is William Sadler as Death. Much like our main characters, it’s clear he is having a great time and is downright hilarious as a generally grim character.
So, in a nutshell, while I do think this falls slightly short of the original, it’s still a lot of fun. Yes, I miss the time travel element of the first. But, our two main characters are still good as ever, the recurring jokes still work, and Sadler steals the show as Death. Unlike most bogus journeys you should avoid, I definitely recommend you go on this one.