Sunday, July 19, 2020

Review Happy Death Day 2U (2019)

#HappyDeathDay2U (2019): 6/10

Happy Death Day 2U is the sequel that no-one expected; a follow-up to 2017’s ‘Happy Death Day’, which for the most part was an enjoyable slasher thriller with a touch of comedy, tapping into films like ‘Groundhog Day’ and ‘Scream’ for its basic storyline. Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard and Phi Vu all return as Tree, Carter and Ryan respectively, alongside newcomers Suraj Sharma (‘Life Of Pi’) and Sarah Yarkin.

2U goes off on a slight tangent; whilst elements will feel familiar for fans of the first, the film is less slasher this time around and more science fiction, with the plot proving a lot more unpredictable but clever in the way that it intertwines with the first. The slight shift in story means that even parts of the first play out differently, keeping the film fresher than you might think.

Jessica Rothe takes her performance up a notch. She brings a lot of fun to the table with numerous comedic moments, usually resulting in many deaths as was also the case in the first film. There are some difficult decisions for Tree to make later on too and Rothe does a great job of conveying this on screen, helping the film to carry a lot more emotional weight than its predecessor.

Overall though, the film has its peaks and troughs like the first, and doesn’t take itself too seriously, Carter once again pointing out the plot’s similarities to another popular film, but just like ‘Happy Death Day’ there are moments to enjoy and savour.

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