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Plot: 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.
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Jessica Rothe leads the follow-up to Blumhouse’s surprise 2017 smash hit of riveting, repeating twists and comic turns. This time, our hero Tree Gelbman (Rothe) discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead. Jason Blum once again produces, and Christopher Landon returns to write and direct this next chapter.
I don’t have a Happy Death Day review online, but I agree with the adjectives above-mentioned. It was one of last year’s surprises, and I genuinely had great fun with it. Overall, I would have rated it a B/B+, in case you’re wondering. But let’s get to its sequel and find out if it stood up to the original’s level…
Short answer: no. Not even close. Honestly, it even diminishes what the first one accomplished. The 2017 original flick was a refreshing surprise because it took a different concept and mixed a bunch of genres in an unexpectedly entertaining way. It was funny, imaginative and Jessica Rothe proved to be a star in the making. 2U just has Rothe. That’s it. Its comedy bits only worked a couple of times throughout the whole runtime, and there wasn’t a single scary sequence that didn’t remind me of thousands of other familiar scenes done better in other films.
This movie is simply an easy money-grab, and BlumHouse doesn’t mind if it doesn’t stand up to the original as long as it succeeds in the box office, which it already did. Unfortunately, that’s how Hollywood and the world of cinema works nowadays. If an unique and even risky film, one that was only planned to be a single installment, becomes a box office hit, chances are that a sequel is going to be produced, even if it has to wrongly retcon what happened in the original movie, consequently taking some of its value. This rarely works quality-wise, but I can’t deny that, as a marketing strategy, it’s very profitable for studios.
My main issue with Happy Death Day 2U is that it risks too much with no reasonable payoff. Story-wise, it has tons of logical incongruencies, and I don’t buy the ending, at all. Christopher Landon asks too much of the audience since we have to accept so much nonsense in order to actually enjoy the film. In the original movie, the only thing we needed to “go with” was the actual concept, but that was pretty clear from the get-go. In 2U, there’s a compelling and captivating moral dilemma at its core, but that same dilemma becomes less and less like one by the end of it. It’s still a complicated situation, but it’s like they forgot what was really important and went with other poorly explained route.
It doesn’t matter the genre from which you analyze this film. If you look at it as a comedy, you’ll barely laugh. If you think of it as a scary movie, you’ll never get scared. If you want to be intrigued by who the killer is this time around, you won’t be because the mystery is pretty straightforward. I really don’t want to rant on this film because I do love its cast and I really enjoyed the first movie, but it’s really hard not to be upset since it damages an eventual second viewing of the first one now. When the original installment doesn’t have an open door to other adventures, just don’t try to make a sequel for the sake of it. I know, I know… Money. Bah.
I don’t want to end this review on a sad note, so I left the brilliant cast to the end. Everyone is fantastic, and I hope that at least this film can catapult some of these actors into the spotlight, especially Jessica Rothe. She has a tremendous range of expressions and incredible ease in changing between emotions. She can look scared, sad and happy in a matter of seconds, with tears and all. She’s a full package. I hope that she can grab either a major role on a big TV series or a supporting role in a blockbuster or Oscar-bait movie in the next couple of years. Surely, Jason Blum has some plans for her.
All in all, Happy Death Day 2U does not deserve the box office success that it is having. It’s receiving a lot of credit due to the 2017 original’s surprise hit, and that’s unfair to the first installment. This sequel not only wrongly retcons unnecessary plot details of its predecessor, but it makes that correction its main plot, continuously reminding the audience that we just have to accept it. It’s not as funny, scary, unique or surprisingly entertaining as the original, and if the returning cast didn’t deliver strong performances, this would be one of the worst films of the year. Fortunately, there are a couple of good moments here and there, and Jessica Rothe alone saves the movie from a much more negative review.
Oh, and please, do NOT make a third one! Just leave it alone.
A notable step down from the first _Happy Death Day_ but I was still pretty happy with this. There are some problems though. Calling it repetitive seems like a no-brainer, given the content, but it’s not so much that _2U_ is doing mostly the same thing as the first one, as that it’s doing the same thing as the first one, and that all of the things that are changed are **worse**. I didn’t need an explanation or really much of anything that I saw in _2U_. But I guess something had to give if _Happy Death Day_ was going to get a sequel, and as I said, I didn’t dislike this. I actually actively did like it. I just don’t think it was up to the standard off the first, which even then, was good but not great.
Final rating:★★½ – Had a lot that appealed to me, didn’t quite work as a whole.
Not as good as the first film.
Seen the first film? Of course you have, but if it’s not fresh in your mind there could well be moments in this follow up that’ll seem a mite confusing. The whole new scientific explanation for the Groundhog Day phenomenon certainly takes a bit of following and a lot of swallowing: the convoluted time travel exposition covered in the first half of the film travels at breakneck speed and doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. And let’s not forget about the overall uneven tone, the film frequently veering from its horror roots into sci-fi and absurd comedy territory. It’s quite a departure from the original, and to be quite frank I don’t think that it was very successful.
A hot mess of a movie for the most part, the chaos that unfolds is reasonably fun for a while despite the preposterous story developments. Unfortunately, the repetitive nature of the plot eventually takes its toll, and the final act really labours the point, taking its merry time to wrap up proceedings in a not too tidy fashion. The cast are fine and do what they can with the material, but the slapdash script and seemingly random approach taken by director Christopher Landon ultimately makes for a disappointing sequel.
Still, Happy Death Day 2 U is so silly at times that I can see it gathering a cult following, even though, if truth be told, it’s not all that good.
Sometimes it’s better not knowing how the sausage is made…
Sometimes it’s better not knowing how the sausage is made. The first Happy Death Day was a fun little slasher flick that never took itself too seriously and was thoroughly entertaining for what it was. The sequel, Happy Death Day 2U, tried to provide explanation to the phenomenon that befell Tree in the first film. It all involves a science project gone wrong and a bunch of time-looping sci-fi mumbo jumbo that isn’t nearly as smart as the movie thinks it is. This should be a franchise where you can just turn your brain off and have a good time. Instead, 2U wants the audience to think. That’s the big mistake. Most of the “science” stuff makes little to no sense, and making us think about it only makes us realize how convoluted a mess this story is. I won’t even get into the eye-roll worthy plot conveniences that have to exist for the film to even move forward in some spots.
Another issue is this isn’t a horror movie. There may be a couple short scenes that lend themselves to horror, but this is much more so a sci-fi story, a far cry from what we started with in the first movie. Also, the movie reaches a satisfying ending place, but then decides to not end there and throws in a ridiculous “heist” movie at the end. Why not? We’re already watching a horror-comedy-scifi-romcom?
Now, it’s not all bad. The movie does keep moving at a steady pace and most of the characters are entertaining (even if they aren’t particularly engaging). The sub-plot about Tree’s mom feels genuinely heart-felt and gives the movie a little emotional weight. There’s plenty of decent laughs throughout. And, as in the first film, Jessica Rothe seems to be having a ball in the lead role. There’s also a mid-credits scene to suggest we’re gonna expand this universe even more. And while I’ll welcome a third movie in this fun franchise, I wish the writers would understand that more isn’t necessarily better. Sometimes keeping it simple is best. 6/10
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 40 min (100 min)
Genre Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director Christopher Landon
Writer Christopher Landon, Scott Lobdell (based on characters created by)
Actors Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Phi Vu, Suraj Sharma
Country USA, Japan
Awards 4 nominations.
Production Company Blumhouse Productions, Digital Riot Media
Sound Mix Dolby Digital (as dolby surround 5.1)
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera ARRI Alexa Mini (Angenieux Optimo zoom lenses), ARRI Alexa Mini (Cooke S4 prime lenses), Phantom Flex4K, Zeiss Ultra Prime Lenses (some shots)
Laboratory FotoKem Laboratory, Burbank (CA), USA (printing and processing) (digital intermediate and dailies)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format CineRAW (Phantom Flex4K scenes), Codex ARRIRAW (2.8K), Prores 422HQ (slowmotion scenes)
Cinematographic Process ARRIRAW (2.8K) (source format), Anamorphic (4:3) (2.8K) (some scenes), Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format)
Printed Film Format D-Cinema (Digital Cinema Package DCP), Digital (Digital Cinema Package DCP)