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Happy Death Day - Written Movie Review (Eddie's Thoughts)

Eddie here. Today I'm reviewing the 2017 mystery/thriller Groundhog Day inspired film ' Happy Death Day, directed by Christopher B Landon and stars Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, and Ruby Modine. Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) is a self-centered college student who wakes up on her birthday in the bed of a student named Carter. Once killed by a mass killer, Tree wakes up realizing she's lived the same experience before. Now, the frightened young woman must relive the same day over and over until she figures out who murdered her. When I saw the trailers to this film, I had a bad feeling that this film was going to be trash so I decided to not see it in theaters. This film ended up not being as bad as I expected to be, but it still wasn't good either. Starting with my pros, I did like Jessica Rothe's performance in this movie. She's very talented and pretty funny so I'm looking forward in seeing what else she can bring to the table in her acting career going forward. I did like the whole Scream vibe where both Jessica Rothe's character and us (the audience) are trying to figure out who's the killer behind the mask. I thought it was cool seeing Jessica's character actually show more damage when she repeats the events over and over. There's some satire in this film I thought was done well, but it didn't stand out for me. Now we get to my cons for this film. I have said this many times in the past and I still stand by my opinion: I absolutely don't agree with a slasher film being PG-13. There are some horror films that PG-13 can work, but the slasher genre isn't one of them. Thinking at the top of my head, The Stepfather remake is probably the only PG-13 slasher film I found that was at least decent. I felt the rating took away a lot of the brutality Jessica Rothe's character was going through. The movie also fails to explain why she was stuck going through the Groundhog's Day dilemma. I kind of knew who the killer was in the end even though they try to twist it in making it look like it was somebody else. I guess I'm mixed on that. At least it wasn't straight forward but I still wasn't impressed. I also felt the killer's motive to be relatively weak. The pacing got to me a little bit and periodically, I'd get bored with the story. I'm not going to go into anymore details. Give it a watch and form your own opinion. It wasn't terrible like I expected, but this movie just wasn't for me. I'm going to give Happy Death Day a 4.5/10. What were your thoughts on the movie? Leave me a comment below and I'll see you in the next review. Also, feel free to check out Justin's review of it on YouTube as well:

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