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Happy Death Day


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  • The fact that Tree's life isn't bounded by the usual laws of time and physics prevents Happy Death Day from generating much suspense—after all, each death is simply a rebirth—but the impossibility of the premise liberates Landon's film from mundane concerns about plausibility that sometimes bog down these sorts of productions.

  • Niftily paced and tight as a chokehold, the script delivers just enough variation to hold our interest... Rarely out of our sight, Ms. Rothe is inexhaustible and funny, with Israel Broussard a perfect foil as her bemused, sweetly bland love interest. But it’s the newcomer Rachel Matthews as Danielle, the snippy sorority president, who’s the natural comedian. Encased in preppy separates and armed with withering put-downs, Danielle is every bit as deadly as any campus killer.

  • What’s refreshing in this case is the tone. The movie starts off all horror and gore... But when Tree does catch on, the movie becomes peppier, even upbeat. There’s a wonderfully funny montage of Tree wising up with camo and amatuer spy tactics, making her way through a list of potential killers that she has to rewrite every time she dies. If anything, this movie feels like more of an upbeat college movie by the end, with its dashes of comedy, than it does an outright horror movie.

  • It sometimes suggests a kid-friendly version of the horror comedies Brian De Palma made in the 1970s (Sisters, Phantom of the Paradise, Carrie), introducing an enthusiasm for film to younger audiences by tying it to a straightforward story with a positive moral. As movies for junior high and high school students go, you could do a lot worse.

  • The film maintains a likeably flip tone throughout, working ingenious variations on its generic slasher material . . . and never taking any of it seriously for a second. So Happy Death Day isn’t particularly scary, and clearly isn’t meant to be – the pleasure lies in the games it plays with its basic storyline, along the way tossing in enough offbeat humour and whodunnit twists to keep us entertained.