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Suspense builds, pays off in ‘Happy Death Day’

By Sonia Ciszewski

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“Happy Death Day” starts off with a  college student, Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe), as she wakes up on her birthday in another student’s bed, who goes by the name of Carter (Israel Broussard).

This scene really shows off Tree’s snarky attitude, as she sharply asks Carter for painkillers, and abruptly leaves the room. As the morning goes on, she goes about her day ignoring her father’s calls and avoiding birthday wishes from her sorority sisters. This makes you wonder why she doesn’t want to celebrate her birthday. Rothe is great at playing a short-tempered college girl and adds comedic attitude to her character.

At the end of the day, she gets murdered by someone wearing a mask with the school mascot on it as she walks to a party. The person in the mask is first walking with a group of guys, so watching this scene makes you wonder if her murderer is just a crazy frat boy.

She wakes up the next morning, completely unharmed, in Carter’s bed once again, on her birthday. She starts to realize the similarities between yesterday and today, and realizes she is in a constant state of deja vu.

This movie is great at keeping the viewers hooked. Watching “Happy Death Day” gives you the feeling as if you can’t look away, in fear you’ll miss an important part.

Tree lives the same day over and over again, and the director makes this scene comedic when Tree walks out of Carter’s dorm completely naked, showing she doesn’t care. Tree teams up with Carter and decides that she needs to kill the person who is trying to kill her. Of course, she has to explain the story every day to him, which is frustrating for her, as well as the audience.

Each day she thinks of a plan until she finally realizes who her murderer is, and she tries to poison that person with a cupcake every day.  Tree confronts her would-be killer, which results in an exciting emotional build-up. Watching this scene is a relief because of the mounting suspense about who killed Tree.

Overall “Happy Death Day” is great at keeping viewers hooked.  Showing the main character killed a different way each night and each scene brings the audience closer and closer to finding out who killed her. Rothe is great at playing a bratty college student, and Broussard is great at playing a sensitive, nerdy boy who wants to help out the “popular girl.” Although similar to the movie “Groundhog Day,” “Happy Death Day” puts a twist on the theme of living the same day over and over again.

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