Happy Death Day Movie Review
I'll admit it, I originally thought I was going to hate this film. I wasn't going to go but...well, I'm a sucker for time loops and time travel and things like that. I was pleasantly surprised by how good it actually was.
The film follows Tree Gelbman, a sorority girl who finds herself reliving her birthday - and her death - again and again. Now she has to figure out who her killer is if she hopes to escape the time loop.
For once, I'm going to start with the positives. I liked the concept. The idea of being trapped reliving the day of your death is a frightening thing to think about. I also loved the fact that she attempted to better herself with each repetition rather than being stuck up or crying "Why me" through the whole thing. Perhaps the best part about it though was the misdirection the film took. Just when you think you have it all figured out, the film takes a new turn and points in a different direction.
The bad elements, however, were not overpowering but were still major factors. Firstly, the film never explains how she became trapped in this loop. Why indeed her? Why does she get more chances and others don't? Another issue was the fact that the killer's motives were petty. Come on writers, you couldn't think of a better motive than what you gave us? Even Tree was astonished at how ridiculous the motive was. Finally, the acting was around the mediocre level. It wasn't bad by any means, considering all these actors and actresses are relatively new to movies, but it also wasn't that great either. With a little more practice, they'll make fine actors someday. I do hope Rachel Matthews branches out and doesn't get stuck in the "rich mean girl" role that she was in this.
In conclusion, I really have mixed feelings about the film. On the one hand, it was interesting and kept you guessing. On the other hand, it left you with no explanation. Considering all the factors, I give the film a 2.5 out of 4.
© 2017 Alec Zander