Film Review: Happy Death Day 2U

It would be difficult to accuse Happy Death Day 2U of being simply a rehash of its predecessor. The film is inventive and a lot of fun.

After breaking the loop, Tree thinks her nightmare is over. However, things are about to get a lot more complicated…

Written and directed by Christopher Landon, Happy Death Day 2U is a sequel to 2017’s Happy Death Day. Rather than follow the formula of the original film, Landon creates a different and expansive plot. The opening gambit works well to suggest more of the same, before turning the narrative on its head. 

Whereas the 2017 film fitted into the horror genre, albeit with a healthy dose of comedy, Happy Death Day 2U flips genres. The film has horror overtones to begin with, before turning into a sci-fi interspersed with comedy. Landon offers a rational explanation to the repeating cycle, and further explores the idea of multiple outcomes. The overt reference to the Back To The Future films underscores the franchise influence in both narrative and genre flipping. 

The film is inventive enough to secure the audience’s attention. Moreover the comedy works well for the most part. In adding a more emotional layer to the narrative, the film loses some of its spark. Although the sense of consequence is necessary, at times this is laid on a little thick. Most of the characters reprise their roles from the first film, with a few new additions. It is a shame that these new characters are not fleshed out, but the emphasis remains on the protagonist. Jessica Rothe delivers a wonderful performance as Tree, showing great range. Israel Broussard offers good support as Carter. Happy Death Day 2U insinuates gore without the need to show the most violent deaths. 

Happy Death Day 2U is smart enough to explore and expand the original film’s premise. The film is an entertaining and imaginative sequel.

Previews: Annihilation Trailer, Darkest Hour, More!

Plenty in this week’s preview of coming attractions, including the Annihilation trailer, Darkest Hour, Isle of Dogs and more…

Annihilation Trailer

Above is the new Annihilation trailer. The film is based on the best-selling Southern Reach trilogy, and is directed by Alex Garland. The film features an all-star cast, including Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Tessa Thompson. Annihilation is set for release on 23rd February 2018.

Darkest Hour Trailer

Here is the latest trailer for Churchill biopic Darkest Hour. The film focuses on the period just after Winston Churchill becomes prime minister, as Britain is on the cusp of entering World War II. Starring Gary Oldman and directed by Joe Wright (Anna Karenina), Darkest Hour is out in UK cinemas on 12th January 2018.

Father Figures Trailer

Father Figures is a new comedy about two adult brothers who only find out their father is still alive many years after they thought he had died. The film stars Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, Glenn Close, and J.K. Simmons. Father Figures is scheduled for release on 16th February 2018.

Happy Death Day Poster

Happy Death Day is a new thriller about a college student who relives the day of her murder until she finds out the identity of her killer. The film stars Jessica Rothe, and is produced by Blumhouse, the company responsible for Whiplash and Get Out. Happy Death Day will hit UK screens on 20th October 2017.

Isle of Dogs Trailer

Isle of Dogs looks joyful. Wes Anderson’s new film is about a young boy who goes to rescue his dog after all dogs are exiled to a rubbish dump island. The film features a stellar voice cast, including Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, and Tilda Swinton. Isle of Dogs is set for release on 30th March 2018.