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 quite a bit 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 perhaps my favourite film launched this 12 months.
I noticed Invoice & Ted Face the Music at a drive-in theater. It was one thing my accomplice and I had at all times wished to do (drive-ins, not Invoice & Ted) however lacked the chance. In a pandemic, nonetheless, drive-ins are among the many solely protected methods to go see films exterior of your own home, so we borrowed a automobile and drove to see the one new film enjoying on the drive-in that evening. Neither of us had significantly sturdy emotions in regards to the movie — we had been extra excited in regards to the act of seeing a film than we had been the film itself — however it felt like the proper one to see on a heat summer season evening with the home windows down and really unhealthy concession stand meals balanced on our laps.
Invoice & Ted Face the Music, like its predecessors, is an easy film. Ted “Theodore” Logan (Keanu Reeves) and Invoice S. Preston, Esq. (Alex Winter), have been advised since they had been youngsters that their rock band, the Wyld Stallyns, will write the track that may unite the world. Nonetheless, they’re now middle-aged males who by some means haven’t managed to drag it off. Due to this, the world is falling aside. Time and house are collapsing, and Kelly (Kristen Schaal), an emissary from the long run, arrives to inform the Stallyns that they’ve till 7:17 p.m. to put in writing the track or else every part involves an finish.
To unravel the issue with minimal effort, Invoice and Ted determine to strive what labored previously: utilizing a time machine to leap to a future the place they’ve already written the track, and convey it again to the current. This goes fallacious, and the duo spend the remainder of the movie attempting to easy 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 prefer to. I believe that’s much more true now than it ever was. What, I’m wondering, will hindsight reveal about this 12 months and the way we acquired 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 through 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 working from their issues, from attempting to cheat their approach 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 approach into the track that saves the universe, and really began making it.
For the final 12 months, I had been planning on getting married this month. That, like a number of different issues in 2020, is not taking place, postponed for a 12 months. I don’t know if that’s sufficient time. I doubt it’s sufficient time. Fretting about it, nonetheless, feels frivolous. So I don’t. As a substitute, I have a look at all the different issues there are to be indignant about proper now, and I really feel that as an alternative.
I don’t know the place to place all the craze. I can ship it to the long run, which appears to be like 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 choices I’m making at present are the proper ones or fallacious ones, and I’m working out of fictions to spin myself to justify dwelling 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 in all probability 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 the right way to do — be glorious to one another and play music actually fucking loud. It’s nearly all I do know to do, too.