Happy Death Day is a story of a girl named “Tree” whose life is cut short when she gets murdered. She wakes up the following morning and finds herself in a loop of one day i.e she realizes she is living the last day of her life over and over again. Eventually, she finds her murderer and tries to reset her life.
This is the story we have seen in various forms before – Groundhog Day being the most obvious one; Edge of Tomorrow and Before I Fall had a very similar storyline too. This film follows basically the same type of plot and so in that way it can feel very mundane.
What this film does differently is it doesn’t feel like a horror/thriller movie rather more of a comedy. Imagine Edge of Tomorrow mixed with Before I Fall. Before watching this movie, I made it a point not to watch the trailer and I just knew the concept. In my opinion, it’s a movie that audience is going to enjoy especially young teens, it’s PG 13 and violence is very minimal and it’s fun enough to enjoy on a superficial level.
This film features some pretty good performances, namely by Jessica Rothe and Ruby Modine. Both of these actresses did a fantastic job here and direction is also fantastic. Also, I like the way Christopher B. Landon, who made this film and wrote a lot of paranormal activity movies, blocks the scenes; his action sequences, his chase sequences are all very exciting for me. This movie is surprisingly well-directed, which is good you know. Another plus point, WOHO!
Unfortunately, the bad storyline does take away from the scary factor. There is a lot of overuse of jump scares. Also, if you can get past the first act, THAT IS SOMETHING, MY FRIEND!
Moreover, Happy Death Day has so many sequences which don’t make any sense and the fact that it felt like a mixture didn’t sit too well with me.