Invoice & Ted Face the Music feels a bit like a prank. Franchise filmmaking is king now, and due to this, any revival feels cynical by default. Invoice & Ted’s Wonderful Journey and its sequel, Invoice & Ted’s Bogus Journey, are maybe among the many least cynical movies ever made: honest romps by time and the afterlife starring candy morons who love rock n’ roll. They lack any type of edge or trace of darkness (even after they go to Hell) and delight of their lack of sophistication. There’s not so much there, however that’s what makes them charming. This makes the thought of a 3rd movie, launched over 30 years after the primary, really feel like a stretch. But it is likely to be my favourite film launched this yr.
I noticed Invoice & Ted Face the Music at a drive-in theater. It was one thing my associate and I had all the time wished to do (drive-ins, not Invoice & Ted) however lacked the chance. In a pandemic, nevertheless, drive-ins are among the many solely protected methods to go see films outdoors of your property, so we borrowed a automobile and drove to see the one new film taking part in on the drive-in that night time. Neither of us had significantly sturdy emotions in regards to the movie — we have been extra excited in regards to the act of seeing a film than we have been the film itself — but it surely felt like the suitable one to see on a heat summer season night time with the home windows down and really unhealthy concession stand meals balanced on our laps.
Invoice & Ted Face the Music, like its predecessors, is a straightforward film. Ted “Theodore” Logan (Keanu Reeves) and Invoice S. Preston, Esq. (Alex Winter), have been instructed since they have been youngsters that their rock band, the Wyld Stallyns, will write the music that can unite the world. Nevertheless, they’re now middle-aged males who someway haven’t managed to tug it off. Due to this, the world is falling aside. Time and area are collapsing, and Kelly (Kristen Schaal), an emissary from the longer term, arrives to inform the Stallyns that they’ve till 7:17 p.m. to write down the music or else every little thing involves an finish.
To unravel the issue with minimal effort, Invoice and Ted resolve to attempt what labored up to now: utilizing a time machine to leap to a future the place they’ve already written the music, and produce it again to the current. This goes incorrect, and the duo spend the remainder of the movie attempting to clean over more and more dire errors they make sooner or later as they proceed to neglect the current.
We by no means assume as clearly in regards to the current as we’d wish to. I think that’s much more true now than it ever was. What, I ponder, will hindsight reveal about this yr and the way we obtained it? I watched Invoice & Ted Face the Music in a distant New Jersey drive-in as a result of drive-ins are among the many few diversions obtainable to me because the world falls aside. That collapse isn’t removed from my thoughts, least of all throughout the 91-minute film about two middle-aged males staring down the top of the world and attempting to keep away from doing something about it.
All through Face the Music, Invoice and Ted journey additional and additional into their future to search out that they by no means change. Their lives simply worsen, as a result of they by no means cease operating from their issues, from attempting to cheat their method out of doing the work to repair something. Their future selves can’t enhance till Invoice and Ted cease searching for them out, as a result of then which means they’ve stopped dishonest their method into the music that saves the universe, and truly began making it.
For the final yr, I had been planning on getting married this month. That, like loads of different issues in 2020, is not taking place, postponed for a yr. I don’t know if that’s sufficient time. I doubt it’s sufficient time. Fretting about it, nevertheless, feels frivolous. So I don’t. As a substitute, I take a look at the entire different issues there are to be offended about proper now, and I really feel that as an alternative.
I don’t know the place to place all the fashion. I can ship it to the longer term, which seems to be worse the farther into it I attain. I can ship it to the previous and despair over each incremental step that introduced us right here. Each seem to be horrible selections for the one that resides right here, now.
So on the finish of Invoice & Ted Face the Music, I cried, as a result of the current is the one factor I haven’t discovered but, six months into calamity. I don’t know if the selections I’m making right this moment are the suitable ones or incorrect ones, and I’m operating out of fictions to spin myself to justify residing and dealing and paying payments just like the world isn’t literally on fire. I cried as a result of the marriage we thought we’d have will most likely by no means occur, as a result of nobody is getting the tomorrow they hoped for. And I cried as a result of on the finish of the film everybody does rise up and face the music. Not as a result of they’ve figured something out, however as a result of they love the hell out of one another. That’s all they actually know tips on how to do — be wonderful to one another and play music actually fucking loud. It’s nearly all I do know to do, too.