Keanu Reeves turned 56 today, and to those of us who grew up and fell in love with him (and still do), that fact feels – in the words of the lovable dude brothers Bill and Ted – wrong ! Gen-Xers generally tend to have an aversion to growing up, and we think that's because of the music. Today's Middle Ages grew up with so much radical music, didn't they? We probably also had a greater appreciation for our parents' music than previous or future generations, and all that rocking and rolling had a magical effect: it stopped time! Ok, maybe not on the outside (that's what botox is for), but definitely on the inside. Bill and Ted are perfect examples.

Reeves and his on-screen beast Alex Winter return in the new triad Bill & Ted Face the Music. It's a very simple, pretty silly little movie, but so are the first two. This conveys the wonder and the fantasy of the original and creates nostalgic feelings, even if modern reality is milked as the core premise. 25 years after the adventure of the first film, those two whimsical big-eyed buds are now fathers (with bodies to match); They have marital problems and, most importantly, unfulfilled destinies that go beyond those of the average father figure. Their wives are the medieval princesses they met in the previous films and their destiny, of course, is to save the world.

The time-traveling phone booth is back, as is "Death", although its appearance on this new journey is far too late. As we saw on B & T's second episode, the duo's global concert show with their band Wyld Stallyns was a hit, but apparently it wasn't enough. The daughter (Kristen Schaal) of their original ambassador Rufus (now late comedy legend George Carlin) leads them into the future, where they are informed by their mother (Holland Taylor) that they have about 77 minutes to see the world with theirs Unite music and "save reality." You still have to write the song to do so in the current timeline, so they travel to the future to evade it, making a fun cameo scene with Dave Grohl (the ultimate cool rock-pops) and a few Metamoments that change the past and await the present that we expect from time travel films.

Meanwhile, the boys' teenage daughters (Brigette Lundy-Paine) and (Samara Weaving) embark on their own adventure, gathering the greatest musicians in history to jam and hopefully play their father's epic tune once it's written . Writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon do a good job of capturing the charm and stoner / surfer rendition of the previous films, while director Dean Parisot – known for his strong TV work – gives the story setup a light, slightly satirical Gives atmosphere. We saw this with our own teenage daughter and she didn't buy the youth act at all as Gen-Z generally has no interest in music from the past. Still, she knew Weaving and Paine from their roles in The Babysitter and Atypical, so they were a good casting choice, at least for younger viewers.

Despite the youthfulness, this film is clearly not made for teenagers. It's a movie that is meant to provide a fun and fluffy, warm and hazy escape for older viewers and perhaps the retro nerd contingent. It's also a movie for younger Reeves fans where you can see where he's from. Most know him as the enigmatic Neo from The Matrix or the dynamic badass from the John Wick films, not as the long-haired, cute Simpleton here (or as the disheveled, denim-clad Hesher we looked into in River & # 39; s Edge … if you don't). I don't know, google it now)! As flimsy as Face The Music may be in terms of history, one thing is certain: when a legendary star pays homage to his physical beginnings with the kind of heart the actor brings here, this is an excellent way to look back.

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