I read today that Bill and Ted are coming back in the threequel to "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" that was released in 1989. Am I excited? Well, not really.
I thought the original that featured two Southern California burnouts going back in time to collect historical figures for a school report was clever and often amusing, but am I Jonesing to see the adult version? Nah.
For one thing, neither of the stars -- yes, Keanu Reeves has been quoted as being on board for Bill and Ted 3 -- are accomplished comedic actors. They pulled off the original as teenagers; but as grown men, are going to have a much tougher slog making an audience laugh. Are they still going to be burnouts as 30-somethings or is part of the joke going to be that they are now successful business types of some sort. I'm beginning to chuckle already. George Carlin was the only real comedian in the movie and he's deader than last year's Christmas goose.
Maybe it's just me. Perhaps I just don't have the right attitude; but I don't think that's my problem with this. I'm not philosophically opposed to sequels. In fact, I'd love to see the next installment of the Star Trek franchise with the cast of the most recent version. Likewise I'm waiting for the next Batman installment. I'd also make an appearance at the cineplex for the next episode of the Transformers. And while it wouldn't actually continue a movie franchise, I'd like to see Joss Whedon reprise the TV cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in a movie. OK, OK, I know. Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Yes, I am a fan, and not a closet one either. People who know me know I am a fan. So stake me.
I suspect my real problem with Bill and Ted 3 is that I really don't give a rat's hind end what those two losers are up to more than 20 years later. Do they have jobs, wives, kids a 401K? I just don't care.
I'd rather see a sequel to Wall Street....Wait; they did that one. I rest my case.