Reviews Review: ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ Replaces Many of the Slasher Elements With Science Fiction Published 11 months ago on March 22, 2019 By Gareth Paterson Share Tweet Happy Death Day was a pleasant surprise when it came out in 2017. Its amusing Groundhog Day meets Scream premise offered plenty of laughs and thrills. This sequel continues with the humour but replaces many of the slasher elements with science fiction. The first film was fun thanks to its simplicity. Unfortunately the plot of Happy Death Day 2U gets overly convoluted and bloated. There is also a sequel bait ending that feels very forced. Despite flaws in the script it is an otherwise enjoyable movie. Jessica Rothe once again shines as the perpetually frustrated Tree. This time around there is an expanded cast of old and new faces who aid or complicate her quest to return back to normality. The reasons behind the time loop are explored and the consequences around fixing it form the main drive of the story. However, the film is at its most enjoyable when Tree and the gang simply react to the ridiculous events around them. One montage scene that makes good use of a Paramore song stands out in particular. It harks back to what made the original such an unexpected hit. Happy Death Day 2U abandons its former horror traits (including its interesting Baby Face killer) to the sidelines in favour of sci-fi and self-aware comedy. This might put off viewers who are looking for more of the same. However, if you manage your expectations and don’t mind the unexpected then there are plenty of reasons to watch this sequel. Related Topics:Christopher LandonHappy Death Day 2UJessica Rothe Up Next Review: ‘Pet Sematary’ Manages to Convey a Very Creepy and Foreboding Atmosphere Don't Miss Campy Fun Horror Films Streaming Free on Tubi TV Advertisement You may like Universal Pictures is Releasing ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ on Blu-Ray This May Comments Advertisement Facebook Featured Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UoSqJFMS-A&t=20s Advertisement Latest Popular Videos News1 hour ago [Trailer] Nia DaCosta and Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’ Dares You to Repeat His Name Five Times News2 days ago Poster and Teaser Trailer Arrives for Director Nia DaCosta’s ‘Candyman’ Reboot News3 days ago Producer Jason Blum Hypes Up ‘Halloween Kills’: “It was SO good. So good.” News4 days ago Trailer for the Jordan Peele-Produced ‘Candyman’ Reboot Could Be Arriving Next Week News4 days ago Bruce Campbell Says Creepy New ‘Evil Dead’ Movie Might Film Later This Year News4 weeks ago Non-Spoiler Details from Thursday Nights Test Screening of ‘Halloween Kills’ News3 weeks ago James Jude Courtney Talks ‘Halloween Kills’ Intensity: “We Pumped Up the Volume on This One” News1 week ago Blumhouse is About to Begin Working on ‘Halloween Ends’ News2 weeks ago Jason Blum Says the Canvas of ‘Halloween Kills’ is Very Large News3 weeks ago Art the Clown Drowns the Set in Blood in New Behind-the-Scenes Images from ‘Terrifier 2’ News1 hour ago [Trailer] Nia DaCosta and Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’ Dares You to Repeat His Name Five Times News2 days ago Poster and Teaser Trailer Arrives for Director Nia DaCosta’s ‘Candyman’ Reboot News3 weeks ago [Trailer] Eric Dean Hordes’ Throwback Horror ‘Trolls World’ Brings Back ‘Troll 2’ Actor George Hardy News3 weeks ago James Jude Courtney Talks ‘Halloween Kills’ Intensity: “We Pumped Up the Volume on This One” News3 weeks ago [Trailer] Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson Team to Solve Grisly Murders in ‘Spiral: From the Book of Saw’ Trending Editorials4 years ago The Many Different Michael Myers Masks Used In Halloween: H20 News3 years ago Todd McFarlane Makes An Announcement on His ‘Spawn’ Script News3 years ago Photo of Doug Bradley Back in Pinhead Makeup for First Time in 12 Years! Blu-Ray & DVD3 years ago Arrow Video Bringing J.S. Cardone’s 1982 Slasher ‘The Slayer’ to Blu-Ray! News3 years ago George A. Romero to Bring ‘Pint of the Living Dead’ to Ottawa ComicCon News3 years ago Official “Friday the 13th: The Game” Release Date Finally Announced! News3 years ago New Photos From Adam Ripp’s Demonic Horror Flick ‘Devil’s Whisper’ News3 years ago Spike’s “The Mist” New Series Trailer Features Gore and Scares!