Movie Review – Happy Death Day 2U (HBO)
Happy Friday! I’m dropping in for another movie review.
This time it’s Happy Death Day 2U, the sequel to Happy Death Day.
I watched Happy Death Day earlier this year and really enjoyed the slasher/groundhog’s day concept, so when I saw the sequel was available on HBO, I jumped on the opportunity.
Much like the first one, the concept for the sequel was generally the same with some larger differences coming into play that were truly interesting.
Having survived the farcical but utterly life-threatening events in Happy Death Day (2017), the feisty sorority sister, Tree Gelbman, finds herself in the same college dorm, thankful to be alive. However, this time, it’s Carter’s roommate, Ryan, who claims that he is reliving the same paradoxical day over and over again, as a mysterious paranoid killer in a single-toothed baby-faced mask with a big kitchen knife has made a habit of murdering him.
Under those circumstances, a valiant but vain attempt to face the challenge, once more, will send Tree back to square one, trapped in an all too familiar and blood-drenched time loop. How many deaths separate Tree from a truly happy birthday?
This movie was a lot of fun! It’s hard to spin laughs, drama, chills, and thrills into a movie, but this franchise seems to do it well every day.
We start this movie shortly after the events of Happy Death Day. Tree is happy with her man, but this time her friend Ryan is somehow experiencing what she went through.
After being murdered a time or two, Ryan tells his friends what’s going on, and together they embark on figuring out just what is going on. But when an event occurs that sends Tree back to the beginning of her journey, she’s the one who has to pick up the pieces.
This movie had a lot of pros. We are already familiar with the characters, so it was really easy to get back into the swing of things. Tree actually had some deeper character progression, and that was enjoyable.
The deaths, as always, were very creative and sometimes laughable, something that I don’t say very often. It’s refreshing, to be honest.
Also, I really liked the scifi edge of this. Once it’s revealed exactly what is happening, the concept itself was a win for me. I’m not going to say what it is, but it’s one of my favorite tropes of all time.
All right, on to the cons.
Some of the concepts that set this movie apart weren’t fully explained. Sure, they “figured it out” because some characters were unnaturally brilliant at science, but there wasn’t really a full explanation, at least in my opinion.
The logic of Tree was questionable in certain spots, leading her to kill herself in a number of ways. Knowing what we do from the first film, this doesn’t make sense, since we know she’ll get weaker every time she dies.
Those were my main issues with this film, but it didn’t stop me from having a good time along the way regardless.
Overall, Happy Death Day 2U is a fun continuation of the franchise, with plenty of entertaining slasher scenes and deaths to give you chills, backed up with some great laughs and drama. I give this film a 6.5/10. Not bad and definitely worth a watch!
All righty, that’s a wrap for this movie review.
How about you? Have you seen this movie? Did you love it? Hate it? Tell me all about it in the comments, and stay away from those baby-faced psychopaths!
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