Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey
1991 saw Bill and Ted come to the big screen for their second time. After the success of the first film, Excellent Adventure, Orion studios were looking for a new director to take on the project to get the sequel into gear. British director Peter Hewitt, who had just won a BAFTA for his short film The Candy Show, was given the job after the executives were impressed with his work.
The Sequel has a lot more energy in comparison to the first movie and does feel more like a comic book. The concept of time travel is pushed into the background with the story focusing on Bill and Ted attempting to escape the after life. In terms of the comedy it does fall short in comparison to Excellent Adventure, but there are many areas where the movie works really well. It’s pure 90s entertainment and some may find it a bit childish and immature in places, but if you grew up with Bogus Journey the little things won’t bother you!.
Party on Dudes!