Happy Death Day (2017)

Directed by Christopher Landon.  Written by Scott Lobdell.  Starring Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Rachel Matthews, Charles Aitken, Laura Clifton and Phi Vu.

Plot: a sorority girl wakes up on her birthday and is murdered, but then she wakes up again to the same day over and over until she figures out who the murderer is.

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Tree (Rothe), is a horrible person in the beginning with a horrible name, so we’re just waiting for her to die the first few times.  And she does die in some interesting ways: she’s stabbed, sliced, bludgeoned, drowned, blown up and hung.  But as the days continue, she begins to see herself as she really is and starts to change.  It’s character growth and it’s amazing to see.

The movie is really good.  But we were expecting a lot considering where it came from.  Landon is Michael Landon’s son (who we love) and he did Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, which we also really liked.  And Lobdell wrote a lot of 1990’s X-Men including our beloved cartoon series.

It’s also a good feminist movie.  Even DJ thinks so.  She’s wearing more clothes at the end of the film than in the beginning.  She saves the guy and she saves herself.  Screw calling things like Revenge feminist movies.  This is the real “girl power” anthem.

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It followed rules, had a great script, a good cast and a good story.  We recommend it fully.

Our score: 70.

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