Wayne Workman does an excellent job of condensing the plot of the first Bill & Ted movie down to 15 minutes.
Unfortunately, a lot of the humor and the personality of the film got lost in the process. For instance, the hilarious interplay between Socrates and Billy the Kid is completely gone here. Also, cccasionally, a scene would have to jump ahead rather abruptly and obviously to get to the next plot point.
Mind you, I say all of this with sympathy. I tried unsuccessfully to prepare a Doctor Who edit for this consecution, and found myself running into the exact same problems: To get the story under 15 minutes, the cuts become rather merciless.
My favorite sequence in this short came with the revised montage of Bill & Ted picking up the historical figures set to the film's song "Two Heads are Better Than One." Based on a similar sequence in the original movie, Wayne expands the montage to cover a lot more historical figures. It's seamless, and if I weren't so familiar with the movie already, I never would have known that this wasn't how it was originally done.
Wayne keeps all the major plot points intact and tells a coherent story, which are two big plus factors. He skips over the introduction of the princesses, but as the short came to a conclusion, I realized that it wasn't necessary. The females worked just fine at the end, since they're wearing modern clothes by then. It seemed like they were just a couple of people who had joined the band.
If you're looking for a quick 15-minute reprise of the movie, this is a good way to go, and it will probably work better if you haven't watched it hundreds of times like I have, and therefore could more instantly spot the changes. My comments above reflect the harshness of the 15-minute constraints, and should not be taken as disparanging against Wayne's editing skills. He's clearly quite talented.
Four score and...twelve minutes ago. We, your peers, embarked on a most tubular fanedit, conceived by our new friend wayneworkman12. A stirring soundtrack accompanies a nifty assembly of the historical icons with the occasional abruptness in narrative jumps, but it serves the story and cuts to the chase in one quick sitting. Could have possibly went for a half-hour trim but there you go. Be excellent to each edit, and party on dude
Visual Editing: 9
Transition VisFX spilling out of the film's scope frame in the first few seconds was unpleasant to see. That aside the editing is solid.
Audio Editing: 7
Some awkwards fades, abrupt cuts and missing foley elements detract but the musical montage is loads of fun.
If you don't know the original film, a lot of things won't make sense, like the entire setup of the concept at the start. After that it's a nice slim down of the plot.
I don't know. The rush to get through so much plot in so little time felt like there was little room for enjoying the fun parts of the original movie. Classic comedy lines are trimmed throughout just to get to the next scene quicker.
A fun short. The essence of the story and the characters are here, and that’s great. The editor did a good job condensing the film, though I wish some scenes had more breathing room. The excessive jump cuts and strange audio transitions did not help in this regard. Still, well done.