30th September 2020

Bill & Ted Part 3 Is Keanu Reeves Ode To Dumbness

Bill & Ted  Face The Music

Starring: Keanu Reeves , Alex Winter

Directed  by  Dean Parisot

Rating:*

Lost of  critics have  gone ga-ga over Matrix star Keanu Reeves’  bold decent into dunderhead comedy  in  the Bill & Ted franchise.Sadly I hadn’t seen  the  first two  films in the fatuous  franchise. Or  else I’d have stayed away from  the asinine adventures  of two buddies Bill (Alex Winter) and  Ted(Keanu Reeves)who deserve one another .

We certainly deserve better.The  film is probably a look-how-sporting-I-am gestures  for Reeves. He  wants us to know  he  can act as  dumb as  the script wants him  to . It reminded me  of the time Bihar  politician Laloo  Yadav’s son decided to take  a bath in full public view at  a roadside tap. Cheering  crowds gathered  to   shoot   the  towel-clad young politician squatting and  splashing himself merrily in the junta water. They later  put up videos  of  Yadav Jr exposing  more of  himself than he had bargained for.

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This is exactly how I felt while watching Reeves and his co-star playing lifelong buddies  who  think themselves  as super-talented musicians on a quest through various  time zones to  discover that  one song which can save humanity.While  humanity is far from being saved,  Reeves and  Winter  energize their  brainless escapades  with  guffaws and  giggles and large helpings of  garage-sale humour. They hardly help to lighten  the atmosphere which is  so light, it threatens to implode into nothingness.

 There must be some  joke here that has  the  fans  of  the dumbed-down franchise rolling on the floor with laughter . Sorry,  I  didn’t see what  was  funny about two grownup men  with wives and one daughter each behaving  like junior artistes  in Back To The Future .Reeves and Winter are  like two  adults pretending to be teenagers , letting their bizarre hair  do all the talking. But there is  only this much that the hair can do to a harebrained  comedy where laughter is  the  primary casualty.Then  follows basic intelligence.

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Moral  Of  The  Story:  when  you make  a film about stupid people you need to be extra-smart  about. Bill & Ted Face  The Music  goes  the other way.

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