By G. Castilla
Title: Happy Death Day
Release date: October 12, 2017 (Brazil)
Director: Christopher B. Landon
Box office: 79.2 million USD
Producer: Jason Blum
Production company: Blumhouse Productions
Running time: 96 minutes
Happy Death Day is a weird, half good half bad movie, that I would see again with a friend at a sleepover for sure.
Tree Gelbman wakes up on Monday in Carter's dorm room after a drunken party. Throughout the whole day she acts disdainful, egocentric and insolent to the people around her, including her father, by ignoring his numerous calls. She throws away her birthday cupcake given to her by her roommate Lori and even has an affair with her professor Gregory.
That night, whilst heading towards a party, Tree is lured into a dark tunnel, where she is murdered by a figure bearing a mask of the University’s mascot. Tree then wakes up back in Carter’s bed, where the events of the previous day repeat. And that happens on and on, she is in a time loop. After a while, she decides to find out who her mysterious assassin is, spying all who she considers may have something against her. Throughout this a great soundtrack comes on, featuring Demi Lovato song’s Confident. Tree becomes weaker as she realizes that she has a limited amount of lives before she dies.
This movie is technically a Horror, although it is not frightening at all. However, you will receive some scares, specially in some murder scenes. It is also thought of as a Thriller, I do agree with this classification, as it envolves crime, espionage and it has an exciting plot, keeping you always on your feet.
The movie brings out bursts of laughter at times and screams of horror at others. It is a copy of the plot Groundhog Day, where there is a time loop. That is the only thing that actually irritates me about this movie, this time lapse never ends and you never know when the movie might end, which is something that’s really imperative for me. It has a playful spirit and makes women feel empowered. It has some life lessons such as the well-known do to others what you would like them to do to you. It has a horror-comedy feeling with gentle romance, a cliche between Tree the popular mean girl and the nice “dork” boy, Carter.
In all, I do recommend this film to watch with your friends, both to laugh and get scared. Although, if like me you do not adore the time loop concept, then you should maybe rethink before watching this movie.