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Happy Death Day: Movie review by Rouén Robinson
By Rouén Robinson
Oct 29, 2017 - 5:20:10 PM

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A horror film with a twist that works due to strong performances and tonal shifts at just the right times that that cuts the tension with comedy and the drama with scares.

The tagline for this movie: Get up. Live Your Day. Get Killed. Again. A self absorbed college student must relive her birthday over and over again as it is also the day that she dies. The tagline for this movie: Get up. Live Your Day. Get Killed. Again. A self absorbed college student must relive her birthday over and over again as it is also the day that she dies. The tagline for this movie: Get up. Live Your Day. Get Killed. Again. A self absorbed college student must relive her birthday over and over again as it is also the day that she dies. The loop will end only after she discovers her killer’s identity but each day she gets weaker.

Theresa ‘Tree’ Gelbman is a college student living in her sorority house who finds herself in a time loop on the day that she dies and decides to find out who is killing her with the hope of stopping it. Carter Davis is a fellow student at Tree’s college who she decides to enlist in helping her figure out how to stop the looping time after constantly waking up in his dorm room. Danielle Bouseman is the head of the sorority Tree has pledged to who may be holding a grudge against her due to her drunken behavior at a party they attended the night before. Lori Spengler is Tree’s sorority sister and roommate who works shifts at the hospital where she has been having an affair with the married doctor and professor at their college.

Happy Death Day is a horror film that merges genres to give you an experience both exciting and fun. With its blend of slasher, romantic comedy, college satire and whodunit it succeeds in delivering an enjoyable bit of cinema that showcases the talent of all involved in front of and behind the camera. Jessica Rothe manages a  tour de force performance that gives us a taste of her range from the start of the movie to the end of the movie as her character evolves from day to day with the rest of the cast who skillfully supply her nuanced portrayals each time that allow her to shine. Christopher Landon directs a film that is way better that than it has any right being with a style that makes it feel fresh as it cycles through tropes that would come off tired in a lesser director’s hands. Scott Lobdell brings his years of writing experience in the comic book world to the film world with a script that turns common modern conventions on their ear to create something out of the ordinary. This the newest entry in the time loop oeuvre of films like Edge Of Tomorrow(Live,Die,Repeat), Before I Fall, Naked,  Premature, Source Code, Run Lola Run and of course one of the most successful, Groundhog Day. It may not work as well as some due to the amount of ground it tries to cover, but it does do better than most with ease. I rate this movie a rating of 3 &1/2 out of 5.

Pre-P.S.
Try to get there early so you can see an interesting phenomena with the Universal logo at the beginning of the motion picture that reminded me of what had been done with the Colombia Pictures logo for the movie Go.


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