Verdict: Lives on
Great songs, good acting and pretty funny.
After putting on a traumatic show right in front of the President, the Barden Bellas- consisting of: Beca (Anna Kendrick), Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson), Chloe (Brittany Snow), Stacy (Alexis Knapp), Lilly (Hana Mae Lee), Cynthia (Ester Dean), Flo (Chrissie Fit), Jessica (Kelley Jakle) and Ashley (Shelly Regner), are suspended from performing. Das Sound Machine, a German acapella group run by Kommissar (Birgitte Hjort Sorensen) and sidekick Pieter Kramer (Flula Borg), takes over their tour and to redeem themselves the Bellas have set their eyes on winning the Worlds, an international competition. Directed by Elizabeth Banks.
Pitch Perfect has itself become a brand, and the way the film is made is just so unique and personalized. A perfect example is the beginning, even before the first scene when the ‘Universal Pictures’ logo comes out, instead of the normal sound effects that follow it, there is – surprise, surprise, an acapella arrangement of it. Sung by John (John Michael Higgins) and Gail (Elizabeth Banks) the infamous hosts, their harmonies are on point and is such a perfect introduction to the film.
The opening scene right after is hilarious, and just puts the standard up there, setting the mood for the whole film to follow. I wouldn’t say that this was on par with the first, but it was quite close. The jokes were pretty funny and quite a few had me clapping my hands and laughing quite loudly. However, some of the jokes though I know they are not serious, were either too random or too stereotypic or racist to be funny. One or two of those jokes taken in good light works well, but John has too many racist/sexist lines that it becomes tiresome after some time.
The acting was great, Rebel Wilson really steals the show, and her character is just so charismatic that you can’t help but be drawn to her. I wasn’t really feeling Anna Kendrick’s and Hailee Steinfeld’s characters so much. Steinfeld plays Emily, one of the daughters of a Bella legend, and she joins them to compete in their international competition. Their acting was good, but their lines were a bit random and especially Steinfeld’s felt quite off at times. Random shouting lines are not my thing, on top of the issue that her character pops in kind of randomly. I think the movie could have done well even without the addition of a new main character.
The best part of the film though, would be the songs and the singing. Really well done, I love mashups and acapella, and the film does the arrangements superbly. Nice touch adding the choreography too, quite a lot of dancing in this and it looked cool.
PROS: Unique, songs/singing, humour, acting, dancing
CONS: Stereotypic jokes, some random comedy lines
I give this an 8/10.
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