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13 February 2019 18:31

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That was the premise of Happy Death Day, a modest little horror hit in 2017. In that movie, Tree kept waking up on her birthday anew, reliving its experiences Groundhog Day-style, each day capped by another unfortunate encounter with the Grim Reaper. In this frightfully fun, cheekily self-aware sequel, when one of her campus mates, Ryan (Phi Vu), has a freak-out deja-vu "death" experience, Tree (Jessica Rothe, reprising her role) knows exactly what's happening—her birthday curse has somehow returned. "Do I look like I know what a multi-dimension is?!" asks an exasperated Tree, when one of the science students attempts to enlighten her. Eventually Tree gets stuck in the loop again, too, and has to work with Ryan to find a way to stop the killer, close the loop and end the die-wake-repeat cycle—and tie up a couple of other loose ends with her family, her boyfriend (Israel Broussard) and her sorority pal (Ruby Modine).

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As Happy Death Day 2U impishly reminds us, life is rich and rewarding, but death comes to us all—and if you're Tree Gelbman, it just keeps coming, in a big, goofy baby mask, with a big, shiny knife, again and again and again. The first Happy Death Day was a slasher-tinged riff on Groundhog Day, the 1993 classic in which Bill Murray lives the same day over and over until he learns to be less of a dick. Like that movie, Happy Death Day never explained what caused the time loop in which Tree (Jessica Rothe) woke up every morning hungover in a stranger's dorm room and was murdered every night by a killer in a baby mask. As in the movie to which Happy Death Day owes its existence, the cause of the anomaly was less important than the journey, and the lessons learned along the way. Happy Death Day 2U throws that out the window and explains everything.

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Landon even told Insider back in 2017 that he already knew what was causing the time loop, long before a sequel was a sure thing. So in return for taking out the mystery, what do we get in Happy Death Day 2U? The sequel is a much more potent blend of genres, mixing elements of slashers, comedy, and sci-fi, all with a tongue-in-cheek wit that tells the audience the movie knows exactly what it is. The movie shifts gears several times, from the opening, in which Carter's (Israel Broussard) hapless roommate Ryan (Phi Vu) finds himself stuck in a death loop of his own, to the out of place narrative cul-de-sac of a comedic heist, to Tree's trip to an alternate universe in which several key parts of her life are different. HDD2U spends a lopsided amount of time on that, and Tree's conundrum ultimately makes up the majority of the film's runtime, which winds up being disappointing after the movie's efforts to flesh out its other characters early on.

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Tap To Unmute Happy Death Day 2U - Official Trailer #2 Want us to remember this setting for all your devices? Ryan--the douchebag roommate who started every morning of Tree's original loop by referring to her as "fine vagine"--turns out to be an intriguing protagonist in his own right, before the focus shifts entirely back to Tree. The other standout this time around is Rachel Matthews' alpha boss sorority sister Danielle, who winds up playing a fairly different version of the character in Tree's alternate universe. Ultimately, Happy Death Day 2U works despite the incongruity of its various parts. And the sci-fi elements lead to an intriguing--while still hilarious--conclusion that I genuinely hope gets picked up in another Happy Death Day sequel.

The original Happy Death Day easily stands on its own as a complete, self-contained movie. Like Groundhog Day, it didn't need to be explained. But if you're going to expand on a movie like Happy Death Day, this is the way to do it. The Good The Bad Jessica Rothe is an incredibly likable protagonist Could have spent more time with side characters Expands on the original without detracting from it A couple of narrative cul-de-sacs, including an out of place heist section Has a lot of fun with the premise Impressively blends slasher, comedy, and sci-fi If you're going to see Happy Death Day 2U this weekend, it might help to have watched the original movie as many times as Tree lived through her birthday. The sequel to 2017's Happy Death Day does feature an onscreen recap of the events of the first movie — where a mean sorority sister gets trapped in the day she is murdered by a masked killer — but it's pretty brief and cursory, and 2U actually relies on your knowledge of the original movie for most of its plot, and a lot of its best jokes. If you haven't seen Happy Death Day, or you haven't seen it since it premiered, you'll at best miss some of the smartest jokes and at worst be kind of lost. Both movies are about Tree (Jessica Rothe). She wakes up on the morning of her birthday in the dorm room of a guy she doesn't know named Carter (Israel Broussard). That night, someone in a creepy baby mask — the mascot of her school, Bayfield University — kills Tree, and she immediately wakes back up in Carter's room the previous morning. Tree keeps living the day over and over — and dying over and over — as she tries to find her killer. Charles Aitken as Gregory Butler and Jessica Rothe as Tree in 'Happy Death Day' / Universal This is a horror movie, though, so the obvious suspects are red herrings; the real killer turns out to be Tree's seemingly friendly roommate Lori (Ruby Modine), who hates her because she was also having an affair with Gregory, but he spurned her to pursue Tree. She never figures out what started the loop in the first place, though, and that's important to know, because the reason why she got trapped in the first place is a big part of the sequel — where Tree somehow (I won't say how) winds up back on her birthday again and again and again. A few other important details to note from Happy Death Day that are important for HDD2U: Both characters had small roles in Happy Death Day; they're far more important in HDD2U. Jessica Rothe as Tree and Ruby Modine as Lori in 'Happy Death Day' / Universal -Lori originally tried to poison Tree with a birthday cupcake, but Tree threw it in the trash, which is why she went with Plan B: Dress like a giant murderous baby and stab her to death. -Throughout Happy Death Day, the electricity on the Bayfield University campus keeps cutting off momentarily. -Another red herring suspect in the first movie is Tim, who first appears as Tree is walking home from Carter's dorm room. -Last but definitely not least: Tree goes on a big emotional journey in the first film that's similar to the one that Phil Connors has in Groundhog Day. When Happy Death Day begins, Tree is mean and selfish and she pushes away anyone who cares about her. But how this all started is definitely something to keep in mind when you head to the theater for Happy Death Day 2U. See our Privacy Policy and Third Party Partners to learn more about the use of data and your rights.

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