A Fun Sequel with Zero Scares
The Day of Happy Death 2U is a series of crossovers of intelligent and amusing genres at once, but which does not register any fright. He continues the Groundhog Day according to which it is better to relive the same day after being murdered several times by a murderer wearing a baby face mask. It extends the wealth already seen to other characters, then incorporates elements of science fiction and romantic comedy. The main officials come back to investigate the new twists. The problem is that it fails as a movie slasher. The Day of Happy Death 2U is a glimmer of hope, bloody and devoid of terror.
HDD2U, the pseudo twitter I will use as an acronym, opens with the nerdy Ryan (Phi Vu) having slept the night in his car. We discover that Ryan is Carter's roommate (Israel Broussard), who has Tree (Jessica Rothe) in bed since the first movie. Ryan is quickly sent by babyface killer after checking his science project. He returns to Carter and Tree with the insane story of his resurrection.
Tree realizes Ryan has the same experience. Just when she thought her nightmare was over, he started again, but with different circumstances. His mixed trampy life was different from the events of the first film. Her roommate Lori (Ruby Modine) is alive and not the culprit. Carter is no longer his love interest. The change in his family life is even more shocking. Tree infers that his problem was caused by Ryan's experience. By the time Tree decides to help her solve her project, she begins to love her new life. Happiness is ephemeral whereas another killer in the foreground complicates the situation.
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HDD2U hits a different tone from the first movie. The characters constantly refer to Again to the Future as a guide for their difficult situation. Every time Tree dies, she changes the events and creates a new timeline. Some are hilarious, others surprisingly deep. There are moments of deep empathy and understanding that minimize the themes of horror. HDD2U is more of a sci-fi adventure for teenagers. The focus is on details that jump in time, not on bloody carnage.
Christopher Landon returns as a writer and director. I credit him for making HDD2U a smarter sequel than expected. He extrapolates the events of the first film, adding a little creativity and a lot of heart. We still have characters running madly alone in the dark, but bleeding stays safe with PG-13. Finding the murderer is not a mysterious exercise of torture. Landon makes Tree more complex, which allows Jessica Rothe to show her full scope. She is more than a cry queen. The humor and warmth between the set is an unexpected improvement.
HDD2U is not a hardcore entry into Jason Blum's wallet. He leans toward science fiction with some laughter and a mixed romance. The Babyface killer will not make you jump from your seat. If that's what you're looking for in this movie, you'll be disappointed. HDD2U is not at all creepy. I think fans of the original will be entertained by the overall experience. It's funny with nice characters. The Day of the Good Death 2U is a Blumhouse production distributed by Universal. Stay after the credits.