There’s something joyous about having your own expectations surpassed.
Much like with Geostorm, I went to see Happy Death Day without any preconceptions of what it was about or how highly it was rated; I just thought I was going to see a generic horror movie at the suggestion of my girlfriend.
But suddenly the main character was murdered by a masked villain, only for her to wake up again at the start of the day.
It was then I realised I was watching a movie with a Groundhog Day gimmick, and a big smile spread across my face.
Turns out – and you’ll probably know this – Happy Death Day is about a bitchy sorority girl stuck in a loop of being murdered on her birthday. The day replays itself again and again until she is able to work out who the killer is and prevent it from happening.
That sort of thing is right up my alley.
Though it was reusing the Groundhog Day gimmick – and they are smart enough to reference this – it’s a fresh take on it, and it’s written well enough so that it doesn’t feel stale.
And it’s not really a horror movie either. There’s very little gore, but plenty of laughs, a touch of drama and some neat twists too. It kept me thoroughly entertained throughout.
I’m not even going to look at how other critics have rated this movie, because it doesn’t really matter. I recall they panned The Butterfly Effect, but that was right up my street too.
So I’m just going to come out and say it; for its combination of gimmick, setting, writing and ideal length, Happy Death Day is comfortably the best movie I’ve seen all year.
It won’t win any Oscars and I’m sure there are lots of humourless critics out there who will fail to find the truth in it or whatever, but honestly, I loved it.
If you enjoy that type of thing yourself, I’m sure you’ll love it too.