‘Happy Death Day 2U’ Film Review

Grade: B+

Happy Death Day 2U (2019)

You are probably wondering how a sequel to a ‘Groundhog Day’ wannabe manages to work, especially being that it is basically the same movie. Like a repetitive day, if one were to add some fun, charm, and plenty of twists, it essentially becomes enjoyable. While ‘Happy Death Day’ felt more like ‘Groundhog Day’, ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ feels like ‘Back to the Future Part II’ by focusing on the science of how Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) got stuck in the time loop.

In case you forgot that it existed, ‘Happy Death Day’ focused on Tree as she set out to solve the mystery of her own murder by reliving her birthday over again, and with each death, she came closer to solving the mystery. As fun as ‘Happy Death Day’ seemed, it was predictable. What ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ does with its premise is a little different by decreasing the slasher elements, instead being more of a sci-fi comedy; this could be a disappointment to horror buffs, but for fans of the first film, it is a treat.

What separates the ‘Happy Death Day’ movies from other Blumhouse productions is how it never seems to take itself too seriously, instead finding fun ways to off its leading lady. ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ takes it to another over-the-top level, especially in a montage set to Paramore’s ‘Hard Times’, in which Tree kills herself in many creative ways. Its lighthearted tone ensures that this sequel is fun from beginning to end. As much as I would love to talk more about it, I feel I might be delving into spoiler territory; there are so many surprising twists and turns that one would have to watch for his/herself.

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