Day Four - Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure
As far as your teen-based time travel comedies, Back To The Future hogs all the glory. Don't get me wrong, it's a much deserved classic but spare a place in your heart for this little gem. We all know the score - Ted "Theodore" Logan and Bill S Preston Esq. are the class dunces who are somehow destined to bring peace to the world. That is, if they pass their history test... Keanu Reeves has never been more perfectly cast - called upon to play a brainless dork, it's a perfect match for him. He's also ably supported by a nice comic turn from Alex Winter who pretty much dropped off the radar after this (turning up on directing duties every now and then).
It also has great fun with the whole time travel, paradoxy, cause-and-effecty type of thing - particularly in the scene towards the end where they have to remember to use the time machine in order to set everything up to help themselves in the first place (ah, you get what I mean). It's one of those rare films that has an enjoyable sequel, too, by throwing in a whole bunch of new elements rather than just rehash the first film.
Fact Me 'Til I Fart
- As well as the sequel, the film spawned a cartoon, alive-action series and a comic book (which was great fun - written and drawn by indie comic book creator Evan Dorkin who was left to his own devices).
- The film Bio-Dome (a Pauly Shore film which apparently stars Stephen Baldwin and features Kylie Minogue) was adapted from a proposed screenplay for a third film. Sounds like the franchise ended just in time...
- Jane Wiedlin who plays Joan Of Arc had a hit in 1988 with the song Rush Hour
Well, it's Thursday now so I reckon I'll squeeze out one more of these to round out the week. Chin chin, chaps and chapettes.