Happy Death Day 2 U
‘Tree Gelbman discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead. ‘
Jessica Rothe (La La Land, Happy Death Day)Israel Broussard (Fear The Walking Dead, Extinction, The Bling Ring)Phi Vu (Kickboxer: Vengeance, Logan, Preacher) IMDb 6.4/10 Rotten Tomatoes 68% Metacritic 57/100
Happy Death Day 2 U is a sequel to the film Happy Death Day which is a twist off of the Groundhog Day-esque repeated day scenarios. This film takes place the very next day after the original film and actually delves into the idea of how the original film actually took place. During the unravelling of how it happened in the first place the premise of this film actually sucks Tree back into the events that had previous unfolded but with a minor twist. They bring in the idea of a multiverse and the one that she is pulled into one in which her mother is still alive and forces her to make some difficult decisions.
It’s hard to rehash the same story more than once. This film actually does a good job bringing back the Groundhog day style references and also the throwbacks to the original film as well. The twist with the idea of a multiverse is a simple solution to the problem but it doesn’t seem out of sorts with how they introduce the idea with the newer characters added to this installment of the franchise. It makes sense without sounding outrageous or completely unbelievable at all.
The one thing this film does do in a strange way it almost takes Tree who is the central character from the original and she is almost an aside in this particular film. She is the focal point with the repetition and events that are happening but other than that there isn’t much other focal effort on her and she was the strongest part of the original film. The character focus seems to shift to the newer characters introduced in the film that cause Tree’s situation for both films.
If you enjoyed the first film I don’t see why you wouldn’t want to see the sequel. You get to revisit some of the original bits from the first film and some even have a bit of a twist. Honestly, if you didn’t see the first one I’m not sure why you are looking into to a review of a sequel to a film you haven’t seen. Maybe you didn’t realize this film was a sequel and if that is the case then go stop reading this now. Go watch the original Happy Death Day and then follow that up with the sequel and then come back and read the review and see if you agree or not.
The Mountain Man’s final thought is that I would even have to say that this is probably one of the rare instances where the sequel actually surpasses the original. Not that the original was terrible. But this one expanded on the original and added layers to the film it wasn’t just about the repetition and figuring out the cycle. But the added layers with the multiverse and Tree having to deal with her mother being alive and deciding whether or not to return to her own universe or stay in a place that wasn’t her life in the first place.
3.75 Beards out of 5