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For Reels-ies: Happy Death Day


Happy Death Day, unlike the rest of the films reviewed in this series so far, isn’t out in cinemas at the moment. However with the news that the Happy Death Day 2 begins production on the 10th of May, it’s an excellent time to revisit it.

In all honesty I was super psyched to see this film when it came out late last year but due to a lack of advertising here in NZ, I didn’t realise it had reached cinemas until it was already gone. Part my fault, part the failure of the film’s marketing strategy. So when the chance finally did arrive to see it, it had been a long time coming, but it was fucking delightful.

For those of you who haven’t seen Jessica Rothe in action yet this is as good a place as any to start. Having first been introduced to her in Mary + Jane, which in itself is a whole ball of laughs and worth a watch up until episode 5 at least, I found her performance in line with what I’d expect. So far has proved that she does comedy well, and it’s fun to watch.

The premise of the film is simple, she dies and then relives the day over and over while trying to solve her own murder. As dark as the premise could have been executed, comedy was a good direction for this murderous Groundhog Day. The film itself gives a nod to this, but unlike Groundhog Day it’s clear the day can’t be relived indefinitely.

I’m not the only one to think this with the film making $123 million worldwide, from a budget of $4.8 million. So if you haven’t seen it already then go and watch it the first chance you get. 3.5 out of 5 for an overall rating, but in terms of a fun watch it’d get 9 out of 10.

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