Happy Death Day 2U ★★½

A lot of promise in the first 20 or so minutes, kind of like pulling back the onion on the original in an interesting way that's acts as a bizarre but worthwhile retcon. The first reveal of the killer offers up so much in terms of the film offering to go full Duck Amuck (or more precisely, Futurama's "The Farnsworth Parabox") but then it ends up just wasting it all away, using it as an excuse to put our protagonist back into the first film's structure. The film offers up interesting variations on the characters but does nothing with its narrative that made me more than raise an eyebrow.

It really needs to be stated how terrible of a director Langdon is, sadly, which I mostly ignored in the first. One of the big sequences here is a bunch of characters getting thrown back in slow motion while classical music plays, a gag that really plays to the rafters. Just really poorly executed throughout, found myself really checking the watch.