"Death 2 Y" Crackling "Quantum Leap" Time Loop Resounds with laughs, twists, scares

Updated 29 weeks ago by Tony Rutherford , HNN Entertainment Editor
"Death 2 Y" Crackling "Quantum Leap" Time Loop Resounds with laughs, twists, scares

Expecting a mostly light horror genre 'blumified' , "Happy Death Day 2 U" crowds a college years comedic parody with a "Quantum Leap" trapped in a time loop a la "Groundhog Day," creating the funniest horror oddity I've seen in near eternity ( well, Scream, Scary Movie,Love at First Bite are predecessors). 

Director Christopher Landon has a million ideas hit the screen at the same time and skillfully renders a fun recipe for a premise centered on multiple deaths and waking up for another spin. At one moment he does a  flashing  60 second synopsis of the original then experiments with character personalities under various types of stressful events.

"Death 2 Y" Crackling "Quantum Leap" Time Loop Resounds with laughs, twists, scares

Tree (Jessica Rothe) has our eyes fastened to the screen while she repeatedly meets her doom landing in a boyfriend's bed where she's counting down to "altering" life but to no avail , she concedes to meeting her fate. What ignites as a run from a baby faced serial killer evolves into more creative ops (self-suicide skydiving in a bikini to land next to a romantic competitor) before pulling out tension revealing her 90 plus lives are ebbing. 

The stalk and kill re-run never grows tiring and laughs out weigh scares four to (n)one. The death portion of the  loop turns into a farce as attempts to slice the loop indulge in hastily improvised skitish relationship explorations converting baby-head into a National Lampoon styled dean shutting off the student made time juggling apparatus.

"Death 2 Y" Crackling "Quantum Leap" Time Loop Resounds with laughs, twists, scares

The Wrap wrote: 

“Happy Death Day 2U” isn’t screwing around. The plot kicks off in just a few short minutes and doesn’t wait for the audience to catch up to its unpredictable twists and borderline-impenetrable tech talk. This is fast-paced, endlessly clever filmmaking, with the new screenplay by director Landon (taking over from original writer Scott Lobdell) finding every new angle imaginable in a seemingly cyclical narrative. There are so many big developments that the movie seems to forget about one or two of them, although given how well-constructed the rest of the story is, they may be intentional set-ups for future sequels.

 

"Landon’s film also takes the novel approach of changing the entire genre of the franchise. What started out as a slasher version of “Groundhog Day,” with no explanation whatsoever for its deadly time loop, is now officially “hard” science-fiction."

Stay past the credits. Just as you would for a Star Wars or super hero film. 

Best laughs of 2019 so far, if you applaud horror parody. 

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