“Happy Death Day is a healthy mix of both Groundhog Day and Scream, this much is obvious and almost every critic is going to notice it.”
Jessica Rothe stars in what most would assume is a horrifying tale of a girl trying to figure out who her killer is, or face being stuck in an endless cycle of death, death and more death. However, Happy Death Day plays out far more like a funky rom-com with the occasional bit of murder as a side dish, like a salad or your fries.
“Scenes are often masked by the beat you over the head humour (literally with a baseball bat).”
Happy Death Day is a healthy mix of both Groundhog Day and Scream, this much is obvious and almost every critic is going to notice it. As a result, the light tone makes the movie quite enjoyable; however, tends to fall flat when it tries to bring in its horror or emotional elements.
Rothe, who plays Tree (the name confused me as well), is undeniably strong in the role. Despite how often the tone alternates she still puts in a dynamic performance covering all bases impressively. She carries the movie for the most part, which isn’t a bad thing considering the movie centres around her point of view for its entirety. In hindsight, it’s a good thing Rothe did rock this performance as the relatable heroine Tree (is it short for something?) considering the rest of the supporting cast are quite forgettable, simple-minded and have as much characterisation as a tin foil hat.
These performances typify the movie completely; it is rather simple in the end. Even the horror elements Happy Death Day tries to ensue are relatively tame and lack blood, tension or excitement. Additionally, these scenes are often masked by the beat you over the head humour (literally with a baseball bat). I laughed at the jokes and found the concept interesting, but audiences will find Happy Death Day to be a lesser combination of two greater movies.