April Fool's Day
The joke's on you...
Behaving, at first glance, like a teen sitcom about rich kids, this remake is nothing like the original April Fool's Day. The story is vaguely similar but the directing makes it its own beast. It has the polish of a telefilm with a larger budget. It is filled with endless and seemingly pointless dialog between undeveloped, melodramatic characters.
The sequence of events, combined with bad editing decisions, obnoxiously clusters an otherwise simple concept. We're definitely in mind-fuck territory but we're not given enough material to know which clues to look for. For a good while, we care neither for the plot nor the characters because the film is too convoluted and shy about its reveals, afraid we'll figure it all out too soon.
While April Fool's Day is well shot on a posh, dreamy, calculated backdrop, with gorgeous sets and shiny props, the ambiance is simply inexistent. It ignores everything good about the 1986 classic, which was a nod to slasher flicks. Anyone unaware of what they are getting into might fall for the twists. Fans of the franchise obviously fear they'll be served left overs as last course...