Movie Review: Happy Death Day (2017)

Hey there, friends, and welcome back to more Month of Spooks content. So what do we have on our plate today? A slasher of sorts? Neat.

Hey there, friends, and welcome back to more Month of Spoo- wait… deja vu… Um, Ladies, gents, and non-binaries… “Happy Death Day”.

College student Tree (Jessica Rothe) has managed to find herself in a bit of a predicament. Not only has she woken up hung over in a strange dorm room, but later that same night she also finds herself murdered… only to wake back up in the strange dorm room. She must now figure out what the hell is going on and she can end it. TIME LOOP! Of course, time loop stories have existed in film many times before time. But “Happy Death Day” is a little different in that it takes the time loop idea and mixes it with a slasher, while also being “Groundhog Day” inspired comedy. And the mix of the three styles works surprisingly well, leading to a narrative that is fun, fast paced, and fucking hilarious, all without sacrificing the suspense of the mystery and horror. It’s a highly enjoyable narrative that had me glued from start to end.

The characters in this are all colorful, unique, fun, flawed, and entertaining. Let’s talk about our protagonist Teresa “Tree” Gelbman. What I like about her as a character is that she has quite a substantial and enjoyable arc. Because when we meet her she’s kind of a manipulative, selfish, bratty mean girl. But as we see her get taken out and go through the loop, she develops quite a bit, making for one hell of an enjoyable arc. And Jessica Rothe is absolutely fantastic in the role, as she sells the drama, the horror, and the comedy masterfully. We also get supporting work from people like Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Charles Aitken, Rachel Matthews, and more, all doing really well in their respective roles.

Hey there, friends, and welcome back to more Mont- Damn it, AGAIN!? Anyhow, the score for this movie was composed by Bear McCreary, and I think he did a great job with it. Heavy brass hits, fun strings, some electronics, it’s McCreary playing around to create a highly energetic score that just fits movie really well. There’s also a few licensed songs used throughout, and they fit really well with their respective scenes.

“Happy Death Day” was directed by Christopher Landon, and he really killed it here. His direction has so much energy and snappiness to it, leading to a frenetic and fun vibe that keeps everything engaging. He also plays around a lot with the camera, especially during montages and chases, which made those stick out even more, making them insanely entertaining. Yeah, this shit’s well crafted.

This movie’s gotten some mixed reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 72% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 58/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6.6/10.

“Happy Death Day” is a hella entertaining horror-comedy that I could see myself watching over and over (Sorry, Tree). It has a great plot, really good characters, great performances, great music, great direction, and very funny comedy. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Happy Death Day” is a 9.78. Which means that it does get the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “Happy Death Day” is now completed.

Hey there, friends, and welcome back to more Month of Spook- SON OF A BITCH, GET ME OUT OF THIS LOOOOOOOOP.

Movie Review: Stretch (2014)

Based on everything that happens in movies and TV, I get the feeling that I shouldn’t ever go to Los Angeles. Seems a bit dangerous and unpredictable.

Ladies and gents… “Stretch”.

We follow a guy known as “Stretch” (Patrick Wilson), a down-on-his-luck limo driver in Los Angeles. In the past he had a problem with gambling addiction and currently struggles to pay off his bookie. So to get money to pay it off he takes on a new client, an extremely eccentric man (Chris Pine), which leads to the craziest night of his entire life. So now we have our plot. And I’d say it’s good. Sure, it isn’t exactly what I’d call award worthy or groundbreaking, but it doesn’t need to be. It’s a relatively straight-forward crime plot filled with all kinds of craziness. And it was really fun seeing where this job would take Stretch next. It’s weird, it’s kind of silly, but it’s a lot of fun.

The characters in this are fun, interesting, and incredibly colorful. Stretch is a failed actor currently working as a limo driver, and he has a slightly cynical outlook on life. And you see him go through a bit of an arc in this movie and it’s actually kind of fun witnessing. And Patrick Wilson is great in the role. Jessica Alba plays Charlie, Stretch’s dispatcher/colleague, and she’s good in the role. Chris Pine plays Roger Karos, the extremely eccentric person that Stretch gets tasked with driving around. He’s weird, he’s off-kilter, and he’s the least Chris Pine that Chris Pine has ever been in a movie. And Pine is great in the role. Then we have Ed Helms in a role that I will not explain because it’s best experienced on your own, because it’s weird and quite funny. But Helms does a really good job. And then there are a whole bunch of solid supporting performances from people like James Badge Dale, Jason Mantzoukas, and Brooklyn Decker. There are also some fun cameos in this movie that I will not spoil.

The score for this movie was composed by Ludwig Göransson and it was good. It’s stylish and lean a lot into techno/electronica. It kind of reminds me of the score to “Drive” at times, but with a less retro feel to it, having a much more modern sound. And while I generally don’t like listening to that kind of music, I feel like it worked quite well for the movie. There were some licensed tracks used throughout as well that worked well in their scenes.

This movie was directed by Joe Carnahan and I think he did a good job. The movie looks good and his direction gives the movie a lot of energy which keeps it at a brisk pace, keeping it from getting boring or slow. And since this is a comedy we should talk about the humor in this movie. And while I think it can divide people, I found it quite funny. It’s weird, dark, and kind of fucked up, which made me laugh quite a bit throughout. Combine that with Carnahan’s energetic direction and you get a lot of fun. Trust me, I did the math.

This movie wasn’t really a big release, so it barely exists on the sites I usually use here. But on Rotten Tomatoes it has an 86% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a page, but no score. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,5/10.

“Stretch” won’t win any awards, but it is quite a fun movie. It has a really good plot, great characters, great performances, really good music, really directing, and really funny humor. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Stretch” is a 9,55/10. So it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “Stretch” is now completed.

I need more Patrick Wilson in my life.