An entertaining, laugh out loud film that does not take itself seriously.
Happy Death Day 2U released appropriately on Valentines Day (February 14th 2019) and is the sequel of its namesake, Happy Death Day.
An odd mix of teen slasher, over the top comedy and the infamous Bill Murray classic, Ground Hog Day (1993).
If you have not seen the first Death Day film (like myself) you do of course get a full recap – which was orchestrated in a pleasing and entertaining Guy Ritchie fashion.
Basically, there’s a killer who wears a Doll mask which also happens to be the local University’s sports team mascot.
One student Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) is finally getting on with her life after the events of the first film where she survived (sort of) after being stalked by the Doll Face killer.
Meanwhile her boyfriend’s roomie is a part of a very small science group where they are working on a device that will hopefully prove the existence of other dimensions.
Predictably there Quantum device opens up a timeline of differing scenarios, where past events come back, but everything is different.
Tree gets wrapped up in the alternating timelines and must repeat each day until events from the past are placed back in to line.
Tree must die, over and over again to reset each timeline and start over.
Thankfully it is not taken seriously – and while Happy Death Day 2U is an eclectic mix of genres it works and is an entertaining watch. I do suggest watching the first film before you take on this one though.
Running Time: 100 MIN
Genre: Comedy, Thriller
Director: Christopher Landon
Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Rachel Matthews, Phi Vu, Suraj Sharma, Sarah Yarkin, Ruby Modine
Production Studio: Blumhouse Productions
Distributor: Universal Pictures