Happy Death Day
The trailer for this film accompanied by 50 Cent’s “In Da Club” looked incredibly dumb, but that didn’t mean that the film wasn’t going to be a stupid good time. These types of repetition of a certain day films are somewhat popular with recent incarnations being completely forgettable. Groundhog Day gets it right, and I was curious to see a college slasher drama try to take a different spin on the idea.
The film is about Tree Gelbman, a typical short fused sorority girl who loves to party and get drunk and her trials against a day that keeps repeating. On her birthday she is murdered and the day keeps resetting until she can figure out who her killer is. The daily death takes a toll on her body and she gets physically weaker each time. its a tough task having to try to figure things out when everything around her resets and the killer and his/her motivations remain unknown.
Jessica Rothe was just perfect for this role. She’s an attractive lead who played the college girl role to a tee. Her character grows by the end of the film and you start to feel a better connection with her as she becomes a different human being when her constant death teaches her about her own life. Other than that, there aren’t really many fleshed out or identifiable characters, which is fine. This is a cheap thriller and should be treated a such, doesn’t mean it isn’t entertaining.
The repetition surprisingly doesn’t overstay its welcome and keeps itself fun. This film is barely a horror because its so stupid and the film knows it. Its more of a comedy with killing than anything else. Which is perfectly fine. The killer reveal is kind of obvious despite the writers trying to twist you away from it. Overall, you won’t have much of an impression from this picture but it makes for a good time in the cinema.