Happy Death Day 2U review Horrorcomedy keeps dying to reinvent itself

first_imgHappy Death Day 2U, in theatres now, at first aims to expand this concept by trapping bumbling science student Ryan (Phi Vu) into a new time loop, one that Tree and her new boyfriend Carter (Israel Broussard from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before) aim to stop with the help of students working in the school’s science lab. Unfortunately, the science behind the time loops of both Happy Death Day films is the least interesting part of the films. While alternate dimensions and the multiverse might add great fun to Star Trek: Discovery, Marvel movies and time-travel films like Back to the Future Part II, in Happy Death Day 2U the ideas come across like a dull, sleepy science class. That said, once the science is over, Happy Death Day 2U veers back to its core: telling a ridiculous story full of amusing death sequences and funny banter among characters, a few of whom are as cartoony as ever. As the trailers reveal, Tree gets stuck in a new time loop but with her world remixed, and the movie franchise’s genre along with it. Nearly all of the first movie’s characters return thanks to this premise. Some are totally different, others appear much the same but have different relationships. And instead of necessarily having to solve her own murder, Tree’s trying to figure out whether to restore her original life or embrace a new timeline that feels like an idealized version of her life.Film Title: Happy Death Day 2UCarter (Israel Broussard) and Tree (Jessica Rothe) hope to end the time loop that the latter has been stuck in for two movies. Universal Pictures Seeing all of the characters return and some of the first film’s sequences revisited in a slightly different setting is a plus for anyone who enjoyed the original film, but anyone hopping into 2U without watching the first film will likely lose out on these references.At first glance for fans of the original movie, each of these scenes seems like a re-creation of what was already told the first time. However, thanks to the premise, the twists and deaths keep changing. And unfortunately for Tree, this also means even more dying and reliving the same day over and over — which at this point she handles with expertise during a montage of her killing herself in a variety of ridiculous ways.The film’s third act takes one more genre-hop into becoming a heist film, and with that turn another actress, Rachel Matthews, gets to shine as Danielle, Tree’s attention-demanding frenemy. Matthews brings absurd character acting to a hilarious bait-and-switch scene that nearly steals the spotlight from the entire film.While Happy Death Day 2U can still be classified as a horror film, it clearly doesn’t want to stay in just that genre. Thanks to its lighthearted tone, it’s found a way to reinvent itself again. Should there be a Happy Death Day 3, fans will likely expect the movie to find another way to die and reinvent itself again.See GameSpot’s take on Happy Death Day 2U. 2:33 Jessica Rothe’s Tree returns to Happy Death Day 2U, and she’s still dying all over this film. Universal Pictures With the new horror-comedy Happy Death Day 2U, it’s time to die again, and again, and again, just like in the 2017 movie Happy Death Day it follows. But this time, things are a bit different.Following the Groundhog Day premise of the first movie, the wackier and funnier sequel initially seems like it’ll move the story of Tree (Jessica Rothe) forward from the literal last second of the first film. She spent that whole movie trapped in a time loop on her birthday, getting killed by her jealous college roommate and waking up having to relive the day until she solved the murder. Stream these 2019 Oscar nominees now 19 Photos Hate Valentine’s Day? Watch these streaming movies and TV shows TV and Movies Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Tags Post a comment 0 Movie reviewslast_img read more

Facebook Buys Social Startup Branch to Spearhead New Conversations Group

first_img Facebook has acquired social startup Branch Media and hired its 9-person team to head up its new Facebook Conversations group in New York.In an announcement on Facebook this morning, Branch CEO and co-founder Josh Miller explained the new arm of the company was created “with the goal of helping people connect with others around their interests. Their pitch to us was: ‘Build Branch at Facebook scale!'” According to a report from The Verge, Branch was purchased for about $15 million.Related: Pinterest Buys Startup Specializing in Visual Search TechnologyBranch is behind several messaging and discussion tools, including the eponymous Branch (initially called Roundtable), a platform for invitation-only, in-depth conversations. The company also created Potluck, a “bite-sized” link-sharing service for the iPhone, and most recently, PhoneTag Messenger, described as a “free photo walkie-talkie” that has users send a photo with an accompanying voice recording.Miller wrote in his announcement that while the future Facebook products will be “reminiscent of Branch and Potluck,” the existing Branch tools will continue to be their own entities. He also thanked the company’s investors, including Buzzfeed’s Jonah Peretti and Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone and mentor Jason Goldman, who supported Branch through their incubator, the Obvious Corporation.Related: Is Snapchat’s Co-Founder Completely Crazy for Turning Down $3 Billion From Facebook?Along with co-founders Hursh Agrawal and Cemre Güngör, Miller clearly aims to influence how people engage with each other online, and has been critical and vocal about Facebook’s scope and impact in the past.In a Medium post from May titled “The Next Facebook,” Miller wrote, “My hunch is that for a company to become The Next Facebook, it will need to enable a novel network of people. That’s not to say it won’t start with your friends — Twitter didn’t have Oprah on Day One — but ultimately its network will need to look different than your Address Book. Otherwise, it’ll just be another watering hole.” With that attitude in mind, it will be interesting to see how the Conversations group evolves.Related: Google Snaps Up Company Whose Robots Remind People of ‘Terminator’ Movies This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free January 13, 2014center_img 2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more