The November 10, 2020 separate DVD and Blu-ray releases of the 2020 third entry in the "Bill & Ted" franchise "Bill and Ted Face the Music" allows those of us who have not stepped in a movie theater since February 2020 to verify our low expectations of this film.
The disappointment is in the form of the laziness in which once (but not future) comedy gods Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon resurrect the titular valley boys guardians of the galaxy (and beyond). Although one can understand why Alex Winter (Bill) is on board, the mystery is why Keanu Reeves (Ted), who presumably read at least a script outline before signing on, agreed to this project.
The bigger impression is that "Music" either should have been released direct-to-video, on basic cable, or on a streaming service.
The following spoiler-laden trailer for "Ted" having copious clips from the scenes in Hell is apt as to the feeling of being that far south of the border while watching the film.
Our saga begins with the most bodacious film "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" (1989) in which George Carlin shines as time-traveler from the future Rufus, who is charged with helping our heroes make it through high school so that they can create the music that saves the universe. The aptly named "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" (1991) has the boys battling evil doppelgangers while literally trying to cheat death.
Despite the clear ravages of time on the wannabe Lennon and McCartney, "Music" starts strong. After brief exposition on the decline and fall of our manboys' Wyld Stallyns, the action shifts to the latest wedding of trophy wife Missy to a relative of one of the guys. The not-so-best man speech has strong humor, and some literally and figuratively old faces have come to the party.
Things fall apart when the aging Stallyns rock out with an unbearably screeching song that is meant to further convey the current status of our past-their-primetime players.
The biggest bit of casting trouble comes when Kristen Schaal of the oft-hilarious Foxcom "Bob's Burgers" pops out of a time machine that is a significant upgrade from the old-school telephone booth that the boys use. One spoiler is that that vehicle is not bigger on the inside then it is on the outside.
The first problem is that Schaal is so tightly associated with "Burgers" and uses her distinctive voice from that series so closely that any "Burgers" fan cannot help but picture Louise Belcher to the extent of mentally saying "no you ..." every time that Schaal's character Kelly is told to do something,
The other problem is that Team Music unnecessarily makes Kelly the daughter of Rufus; the tween girl persona of Kelly (and oft of Schaal) can be considered the anti-Carlin.
The first of many nods to a more commercially and artistically successful franchise involves Kelly escorting our designated saviors back to the future; namely, 2720 San Dimas, California. The purpose of that mission that Bill and Ted have no choice as to accepting is to write the song that will save the universe ahead of already existing timey-wimey chaos fully erupting.
The men of a certain age opt for the characteristically easy way out; in this case, they set out steal the most-important song ever from their future selves. What one hopes would have been hilarity ensues.
Meanwhile the teen daughters of Bill and Ted set out on their own excellent adventure. These girls who support the theory that the apple does not fall far from the tree travel through time to (comparable to "Adventure") recruit the best musicians from several eras to become Stallyns. This dream team includes Jimmi Hendrix and Mozart.
The worlds of dads and daughters collide when (ala "Journey") the gang ends up in Hell and must contend with a grudge-holding Death. Of course, reports of the deaths of Bill and Ted are premature.
The "climax" provides a solid bookend to the aforementioned wedding scene. The boys figuring out the destined venue is slightly less clever than the "Partridge Family" style deduction (which includes an element of playing the tambourine) that saves the universe.
The closing credits, which both show great fan love and honor the noteworthy (pun intended) moral of "Music," are well worth watching. The best that can be said about the stinger at the end is that it hopefully puts the nail in the coffin of this once great franchise.
Team Ted further chintzes out as to bonus feature; we get just under 90 SECONDS total of clips of interviews and scenes from the film. TOTALLY HEINOUS!