Monster Reviews: Happy Death Day 2U – 2019

Every so often a film comes along that redefines the genre. Be it big or small, the change is always significant. Sometimes these films go unnoticed, other times they’re appropriately decorated. No matter the case, they’re all game changers and extremely influencing.

Happy Death Day 2U is a glorious display of brains and blood. It brilliantly blends science and time travel, with horror. While it’s without a doubt a horror film, it’s very science-based and is basically the first of its kind in the modern era.

The film is written and directed by Christopher Landon. It stars Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Phi Vu, Suraj Sharma, Sarah Yarkin, Ruby Modine, Rob Mello, and Kenneth Israel. Imagine having to relive the day of your death over and over again until you find and put a stop to the person responsible for killing you. Now imagine having to do it twice. 

Happy Death Day 2U is in a class all its own. While there are science fiction horror films and horror movies involving aspects of science and time travel, there’s never been a science-based horror film like this. The slasher aspect of the film pretty much takes a backseat to the inclusion of quantum mechanics. It adds an urgent, exciting element to the film, keeping it fresh and relevant.

It’s easy to see people losing interest quickly in a film like this though, as it’s not what moviegoers are normally accustomed too. However, films are currently becoming increasingly more and more intricate, involving ideas and concepts once deemed to complex for the average viewer. A film like this sets the stage for an entire science based horror sub-genre, with an array of untapped opportunities and potential.

When done correctly, such as this, the concept can be extremely impactful. It could flip the genre on its head and bring about new fans to our beloved community. It can potentially generate a higher intellectual fans base, proving that horror isn’t all about nudity and blood.

Phi Vu as Ryan in “Happy Death Day 2U,” written and directed by Christopher Landon.

The acting in this is couldn’t be any better. The characters are very memorable and relatable, and those returning from the first film picked up right where they left off in the previous. It was a real pleasure not to see anyone recast and to be able to watch certain actors expand on what they accomplished in the first film. That’s the key to a lasting series. 

The idea of watching the same day play out over and over again is the perfect formula to experiment with. With a storyline that can pretty much go anywhere, the potential is unlimited. Many sequels are bound to follow, each with their own interpretations of the original concept. Toss in the science aspect, and you have the ideal blueprint for continued success.

The costumes are great and the gore is spot on. The sets are very inviting and the overall cinematography is stylish and stunning. Not to mention the directing, editing and sound are also exceptionally well done. However, the best part about the film is actually the story and dialogue. They really slayed the subplots and knocked the characters out of the park. The chemistry between the actors was obvious and very apparent. 

Happy Death Day 2U is insanely fun. It’s full of blood, science and scares. It’s a masterful sequel and one of the few to truly surpass the original in every area. If you haven’t checked this one out yet, go see it! It’s a seriously remarkable piece of film.


Posted by Donovan Smith

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