Updated: Jul 5, 2018
Well I guess I'll just have to kill you all over again - Happy Death Day
YESSS CHILD!!! For once they found me a white girl in a scary movie who fights back. Is there anything more I could ask?! Well, yeah there is. Y’all know I’m demanding, but this was such a beautiful character trait my heart rejoiced.
Happy Death Day is a “Groundhog Day-esque” horror movie in which a college student, Tree, must relive the day of her murder over and over again, in a loop that will only end when she discovers her killer's identity and kills them.
And, did I mention it’s PG-13. It’s cute, funny, not gory, kind of cheesy, all while remaining suspenseful and creepy throughout. It's not meant to be actually scary, but cute.
Never. Never! N.E.V.E.R. In my life, have I seen a movie with a white girl who punched the bad guy right off the bat. Did she fall? Yes. But, look. You have to draw the line at realism somewhere. I mean, to be fair she did only hit the killer once and then tried to run instead of double tapping a brick against their head and simply ending it all the first couple of times. But, hey, you can’t win them all. Tree is by far one of my favorite horror movie characters to have ever graced the screen. Thought her character had wonderful development and remained an interesting and captivating protagonist who I was able to root for.
Though the plot was a little basic with a lot of minor twist and turns, the movie as a whole was excellent. It kept my interest the whole time just as if it had an MPAA rating of R. It wasn’t gory, which I appreciated because I think it takes a certain level skill and to pull off even a semi-successful thriller or horror movie with blood and guts. Because, it also seemed a little more geared to teenage audiences, it sill mossed a very cute, funny, and innocent charm to it that really never left.
This was definitely a cliche date night movie.
Though it was good on most fronts, it has one substantial reason that one could argue for this being a bad movie. It never answered the main questions- why was Tree trapped in this loop? Why her? Why her birthday? Now, I love Tree, but they failed to give her character relevance. Why does this random white girl fall into this random loop, and why should I care about her? It is this lack of information that may make the movie come off as convoluted, unnecessary, and cliche in their execution.
FLOOR OR DOOR?
Should it have been left on the cutting room floor or should you be running out the door to see it?
Door. It was cute enough to be seen twice. I think it's a scary movie for everyone if you remember it's not meant to be actually scary, but just.... cute and kinda quirky. Which is a plus for me.