Hot Shots

By Klawans, Stuart | The Nation, September 9, 1991 | Go to article overview

Hot Shots


Klawans, Stuart, The Nation


Bill and Ted would never load themselves down so heavily. Granted, they too encounter a pair of robots from the future; but the Bill and Ted cyborgs are hopeless, low-budget doofuses compared with Schwarzenegger, which is the whole point. Like everything else in Bogus Journey, the robots seem to have sprung from the characters' own limited store of knowledge. The movie plays as if it had been scripted by Bill and Ted themselves; the direction, by Pete Hewitt, consistently adopts a simple, straightforward, dude's eye point of view. The performances are equally seamless. Unlike Hope and Crosby in the Road movies, or Billy Crystal in the current, dismal City Slickers, Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves never break character, never tip off the audience that they're smarter than the movie they inhabit. Bill and Ted don't make jokes; they are a joke, and so is their entire universe, right down to its Hell (a truly original one, designed by David L. …

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