Happy Death Day 2U (2019) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

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Happy Death Day 2U (2019) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Christopher Landon
STARRING: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Phi Vu
RATED: PG-13/REGION A/2:39/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 2
AVAILABLE FROM Universal Studios

It’s déjà vu all over again for Tree Gelbman, the snarky sorority sister who solved her own murder by repeatedly reliving her death. When the masked campus killer mysteriously returns to terrorize new targets, Tree cycles through another time loop of clever chills and suspense in Happy Death Day 2U, the inventive follow-up to Blumhouse’s hit thriller Happy Death Day.

Happy Death Day 2U takes our leading lady, Tree, from the first film and tosses her into another time-loop but this time it has way more in common with Back to the Future than Groundhog Day. Taking place right after the first film, Tree learns that her new boyfriend’s roommate and his nerdy friends built a machine that has caused a time skip that has resulted in why days keep getting repeated. Only now one thing leads to another and she’s in a whole new alternative universe where things from the first film are all mixed up and backward. She has to now decide if she wants to stay in a world that is by rights not her own or go back to her own time but not before saving everyone she can because we still have a crazy killer on the loose. She also has to do this before she’s too weak to do anything from her repeated deaths or before the machine is shut off and she’s left dead for good. It all makes for a harmless film, but it does seem to lose a bit of the charm that the original film had.

The movie has a much more complex plot this time around and does manage to take a bit of the fun away from the movie. Tree, still having learned to be a better person from the first movie, is a much more likable character this time around and we are rooting for her especially when she gets some unexpected news in this universe she’s in that I don’t want to spoil for this review. The movie offers up very PG-13 deaths that are more funny than bloody, but still, manage to have a little splatter with them. This is ramped up during the time when Tree has to intentionally die to keep giving more and more information to the nerdy squad here trying to fix the time issues, that she has to always re-introduce to the situation when she goes back. All things taken into consideration I liked Happy Death Day 2U, but I don’t think it is as good as the original or as fun. It is still a worthy sequel, but it does lose a step along the way.

Extras

– Gag Reel
– Deleted Scene
– The Never-ending Birthday
– Web of Love: Tree’s Nightmare
– Multiverse 101
– Optional English SDH, Spanish, and French subtitles for the main feature

Quality of Transfer: 98%

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