4. The plot sounds pretty fantastic

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Assuming they're working off the same script that's been around for a few years (and it sounds like they are), this film at least SOUNDS pretty cool. Keanu Reeves said this to GQ a few years back:

"One of the plot points is that these two people have been crushed by the responsibility of having to write the greatest song ever written and to change the world. And they haven't done it. So everybody is kind of like: "Where is the song?" The guys have just drifted off into esoterica and lost their rock. And we go on this expedition, go into the future to find out if we wrote the song, and one future "us" refuses to tell us, and another future "us" blames us for their lives because we didn't write the song, so they're living this terrible life. In one version we're in jail; in another we're at some kind of highway motel and they hate us."

This would be a film that doesn't repeat the themes of the previous entries, but continues them and evolves them. Bill and Ted, like an inverse-John Connor, are destined to shape the future into a Utopia. The previous films were all about them being able to stay together in order to create the music that would lead to the perfect future - but what about the huge responsibility of actually making that music? That's huge - and it serves as a metaphor for middle-age. You expected to have achieved big things by the time you hit the mid-point of your life - and everyone inevitably falls short of that. So not only does it sound like they'll be dealing with a huge issue that fits nicely into the setup of the previous movies, we're talkin' some SERIOUS THEMATIC RELEVANCE TO THE HUMAN CONDITION UP IN THIS.

 

5. It's okay that George Carlin won't be in the film

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Here's the elephant in the room: George Carlin has been dead for years, and will therefore probably be unavailable to appear in the movie. George Carlin was one of the best parts of the original Bill & Ted - as Rufus, he was funny and wise and just ridiculously great. And now, he won't be able to be in the film (barring some kind of horrifying CGI doppelganger, which seems unlikely) - but that's okay! For a couple reasons.

One, George Carlin was basically not in Bogus Journey at all. He's in there a little in the beginning and a little in the end, but for the most part he sits the film out, his role as a foil for the two Excellent Adventurers filled in by William Sadler's amazing performance as Death. So the series has already shown it survive on without him, but best of all, it again shows that the people behind the franchise don't want to repeat themselves. They want to put Bill & Ted in new situations, bouncing off of new characters, and not simply rely on things that worked in the past.

Sure, it'd be nice if Rufus could show up a little, but the series is resilient and able to switch things up - and is better for it.

 

6. Keanu Reeves did this impression of Werner Herzog pitching Bill & Ted 3 and it's great

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Keanu Reeves has become ridiculously aware of himself over the years - just listen to this pitch he had for Bill & Ted 3 as described by German director Werner Herzog.

These are people who have grown up and matured over the years, and their understanding of themselves and this franchise has evolved with them. This won't simply be a rehash of the previous movies - this will be something new and different, something exciting and fresh. Something...

MOST EXCELLENT.

 

(...sorry, we had to.)