For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – College Based Films. here’s a review of Happy Death Day (2017) by Darren of Movie Reviews 101.
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Next month’s genre has been chosen by me and we will be reviewing our favorite Oscar nominated/winning Films.
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Let’s see what Darren thought of this movie:
Happy Death Day was the first of three fantasy spins Christopher Landon bought to slasher genre of film, with this one follow selfish college student Tree (Jessica Rothe) who finds herself being killed, only to get a chance to re-live the day and try and solve her own murder.
Happy Death Day will serve as a fun slasher, which will get plenty of kills, usually to Tree, with some of her suspects joining her on the chopping block. We will also get a major character development going on, with Tree going from one of the most unlikable characters to one we truly root for, as we work with her trying to solve her murder, with comedy sprinkled in along the way.
Happy Death Day will give us a host of suspects, with each having their own motivation against Tree, which as the film unfolds, sees her look to try and fix because of the mistakes she has made in the past, with each day she relives, we get a different tone, helping making things even more enjoyable.
When it comes to the college experience, it does make it feel like a nightmare, see how selfish most people are, always having the people looking down at each, not understanding the bigger picture of life to come. We do also have the bigger question, why doesn’t she just stay in Carter’s room for the day, nobody except him knows she is there, but it wouldn’t make the movie make sense would it.
Happy Death Day is a movie that has grown on me over the years, drawing me back to watch 4-5 times, with Jessica Rothe’s stunning lead performance that will draw us into the movie, making us want to see her in everything going forward, which will see her grow to another level when it comes to the sequel.
My Rating 8/10