Today I’d like to talk about a movie that may have had more influence on the way I talk than any other single source. Of course, that is the most righteous Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure!
I’ll never forget the first time I saw this movie (I was only 7 when this was released!) and how I marvelled at the way Bill S. Preston Esquire and Ted ‘Theodore’ Logan slotted into the bizarre world around them. Here’s my patented, super-quick rundown for those unfortunates who haven’t seen it:
Bill and Ted are two best friends who are about to fail history class. This might not seem to matter, but Bill and Ted are, of course, no ordinary dudes. They are destined to bring about world peace with their band Wyld Stallyns – but only if they can pass history. So a most bodacious future guy called Rufus brings a phone box time machine to help them travel back in time, learn history and ace the class. Along the way they meet Socrates, Billy the Kid (aka Mr The Kid), Beethoven, Genghis Khan and other non-heinous historical figures and bring them back to the present…
Sound silly? It is! Gloriously, unapolagetically silly! It was a big hit and is responsible for making Keanu Reeves a star! Shame about Alex Winter, although he was in another of my faves, the Lost Boys, he never really took the next step which sucks, because he is awesome.
What I love most about this movie is how 80s it is, from the music to the dress to the wonderful, wonderful slang. It also spawned what I think is a fantastic sequel – Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, also highly recommended (STATION!!). Both are movies I can put on when I need a good laugh and I know they will always, always leave me with a smile on my face!