Collegian Tree Gelbman wakes up in horror to learn that she’s stuck in a parallel universe. Her boyfriend Carter is now with someone else, and her friends and fellow students seem to be completely different versions of themselves. When Tree discovers that Carter’s roommate has been altering time, she finds herself once again the target of a masked killer. When the psychopath starts to go after her inner circle, Tree soon realizes that she must die over and over again to save everyone. – Universal Pictures
2017’s Happy Death Day was a pleasant surprise, not only was it the only horror movie to come out on Friday the 13th that year it was just a ton of fun. Scream meets Groundhog Day meets Mean Girls, why not? Exactly. This time around the zaniness was turned up to eleven. Christopher Landon returned to the directors chair and wrote this follow up.
Happy Death Day 2U picks up exactly where the original left off. The first film did leave some unanswered questions and while that didn’t affect my enjoyment of film I still would’ve liked some closure. Happy Death Day 2U answered some of my questions and made more. I don’t think those unanswered questions warranted a sequel but let’s be honest how many times do movies actually warrant a sequel? Exactly. Besides I had a lot of fun with the first one, and wanted to see how a sequel would work.
Well, the sequel did work. No more is it a time loop, it’s now a time loop in an alternate dimension. Tree is still stuck in the same day over and over again but this time in another dimension and everything is all topsy turvy. Happy Death Day 2U got hella sci fi but don’t worry there’s still a crazy person running around in a baby mask killing people, it’s just not the same person from the first—new dimension probs. At its core Happy Death Day 2U might seem like it’s basically the same as the first movie—it is and it isn’t. It doesn’t take itself remotely serious just like the first but this one is more fun, funnier and has a ton of emotion. That’s right emotion, I almost teared up watching this bad boy. It’s also funnier than some of the comedies I’ve seen recently, it really should be called a comedy—there’s a montage of Tree killing herself set to Paramore’s Hard Times and it damned near killed me. That sounds super morbid but I swear it’s hilarious in the movie.
I think if you’d ask most people what the best part of the first movie was, they’d probably tell you Jessica Rothe as Tree. It’s the same this time. She’s fantastic. I couldn’t imagine anyone else playing Tree she’s made the role hers. The character feels so real and genuine, she’s a bitch at first but slowly Jessica Rothe’s gets us to like and care about her. Tree is a new breed of “final girl” just like Sidney Prescott was in Scream.
By embracing the absurdity Happy Death Day 2U is an unneeded but certainly not an unwanted sequel. Things get bananas and it just gets better and better. I’m loving all the resurgence in horror recently but it’s really nice to see one that doesn’t take itself serious, if you even want to call this a horror movie. Happy Death Day 2U just wants to give you a good time and that’s exactly what it does.
I give Happy Death Day 2U a 7.5 out of 10, would watch again.
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