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Solomon was sent the video of Reeves’ response and connected with Matheson and Winter, and they began talking about Bill and Ted 3 for the first time – culminating in a BBQ at Winter’s house where Reeves came up with the idea that got the ball rolling:
“We called Alex and we were like, ‘Do you think we should even think about it? Do you think it’s worth it?’ And then he called Keanu and we went to Alex’s for BBQ, the four of us, and we just started talking like, ‘Is it worth it?’ and ‘What would make it worth it?’ and ‘What do we definitely not want to do?’ First of all we don’t want to make it cynical. It was more like, ‘Is there a story worth telling that we really wanna tell that makes it worth doing again?’ This was like 12 years ago. We started talking, ‘Well what would it be about?’ and I’m pretty sure in that meeting Keanu said something like, ‘The stress, the pressure of having been told your music’s gonna save the world and what that must actually feel like, and maybe relieving that pressure’.”
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Keanu Reeves On The Moment He Knew ‘Bill & Ted’ Was Big
‘Bill & Ted Face The Music' Cast All Struggled With This One Thing
BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC - Thank You
Is it accurate? No, it’s a goofy, silly time-travel story. But in contrast to other comedies where the leads are a bit dimwitted, the Bill and Ted movies are free of malice. They never humiliate their characters. Their heroes lack guile; when they are wronged, they quickly forgive; they have no ulterior motives or devious plans. All they want to do is play guitar, pass a history test, write a song, win a board game, make sure everyone is okay, and still be friends at the end of their lives. I guess it makes sense that they save the world.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
November 26, 2020 8:00 AM EST
There’s no subtle way to put it: 2020 has been a truly strange year for movies, a mini-epoch that has forced us to reckon with what movies can be and mean. It’s not just that we watched movies, for the most part, on a small screen at home. We also watched them with anxiety roiling within us, and sometimes with tragedy unfolding just outside our door. We watched them as a way to unwind after a long day of re-creating our work routines at home, perhaps with the additional stress of caring for (and teaching) kids unable to go to school. Some of us watched them after long days or nights spent outside the home, as necessary workers—in that context, a bright spot of entertainment means even more than it would in a normal year. In all ways, this year was unlike any other. But the one thing we can say is that the movies didn’t let us down. So what if we didn’t get our usual fall complement of big-ticket Oscar movies? This new, temporary normal allowed smaller movies—films that might otherwise have been lost among glitzier releases—to grab the spotlight for once. In terms of accessibility and quality, it was still a year of riches. Here are 10 of the very best.
10. Bill and Ted Face the Music
In an unequivocally terrible year, who didn’t need a crazy, ebullient, deeply gratifying burst of optimism? Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves reappeared in the roles they originated some three decades ago: then, they were goofy but open-hearted teenage guitar obsessives from San Dimas, Calif., who changed the world via a time-travel phone booth. Today, they’re husbands and dads facing all the insecurities that come with middle age—and yet, in some ways their story is just beginning. Through their daughters, they’ve laid the groundwork for another act of world-saving derring-do, a reaffirmation that our collective dreams are our true strength. This work of ramshackle earnestness and generosity lit a path through a very dark summer. You can’t ask for more from a comedy.