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Combining a fun and silly genre approach to the concept of dying with an earnest consideration of its real-life consequences, Happy Death Day 2U is simply a matter of life and death, both literally and figuratively speaking.
By the time the climax arrives, "Happy Death Day 2U" has lost its thread, in an increasingly busy "Scooby Doo"-style adventure that, sadly, only points to the possibility of a "Happy Death Day 3-peat."
Fantasies, no matter how far-fetched, can work as long as they conform to fiction's laws of internal logic, but this script makes no effort to deal with the fault lines which show up at various stages during its convolutions.
"Happy Death Day 2U" can't quite replicate the feelings of joy and discovery of the original, but Landon deserves credit for varying the tune, while still playing the hits that will please the fans of its predecessor.
Writer-director Christopher Landon's quick-turnaround sequel is pure self-knowing nonsense - a smoothly executed, briskly paced mash-up of horror tropes, time-travel paradoxes and silly campus slapstick.