Release Date: February 13
Starring: Jessica Routhe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Phi Vu, et al.
When the first Happy Deathday movie was released in 2017, I thought it a beautiful entry into the slasher movie genre. It was beautiful, and everything I needed at that time. This sequel, as all other movies bearing the tag, had the burden of surpassing the first in entertainment value, and I think that self-consciousness is where it went a tad wrong.
Whereas Happy Deathday was a slasher/comedy movie, Happy Deathday 2 U ventures into the realms of SciFi; using it to explain the reason why main character, Tree, is stuck in a ‘Groundhog Day’. Almost everything you know about this universe from the first movie, including who’s behind the mask, is useless in this one as the writers try to be creative in spinning the story around, a move I really applaud.
Happy Deathday 2 U wouldn’t be winning awards for 2019 Best Picture, buy it take risks in its sometimes bonker story that actually works; and for that I consider it a good sequel. It’s entertaining, albeit on a whole different level from the first one.
Directed By: Christopher Landon
Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5