Friday, July 19, 2013

This Weekend's Midnight Movie: Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

Posted By on Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 5:15 AM

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Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure has always struck me as one of those prefab cult movies that’s too desperately wacky to be all that amusing. (Lookin’ at you, Dude, Where’s My Car?) Its 1991 sequel, however, wears its low expectations like a dare: It’s sharper, funnier and more inventive in every way, though time travelers Clarence Clemons and Jane Wiedlin are missed. (Pam Grier and Taj Mahal compensate.)

Juggling their band Wyld Stallyns and their duties as (what else?) university chairs, Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) must thwart a timelord (Joss Ackland) who wants to eradicate them from existence using their evil robot twins. To do so, they must journey to the underworld and battle Death himself. As the Grim Reaper, lugging around a scythe and adopting a suitably Bergman-esque scowl, veteran heavy William Sadler steals the movie with his Leslie Nielsen-caliber comedy chops. (There’s no way I would ruin the funniest gag, the greatest of the roughly 9 million parodies of The Seventh Seal attempted since 1957.)

Don’t miss The Belcourt’s midnight shows — like the amiably dimwitted heroes, this is something you’ll want to catch later. Screenings are midnight (duh) tonight and tomorrow. Show up at 11:30 p.m. for the pre-movie festivities. (Hint: board games!)

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