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Pitch Perfect 2 Movie Review

Posted by cfeehan on May 25, 2015

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I’ve been waiting for this movie to come out from the minute the last one ended, so it’s safe to say that I was pretty excited when I walked into the theatre. As the lights dimmed, my excitement peaked, and I was ready for some geeky a cappella goodness.

The movie begins with an embarrassing (and highly inappropriate) mishap while the Barden Bellas are performing for a hefty audience including the guest of honour: President Obama himself. The event goes viral, and the Bellas’ reputation is shattered. They are told that they cannot remain active as a group unless they win the World Championships, so they set out to do just that – but they are faced with some intense competition from the German team led by Kommissar (Birgitte Hjort Sørensen) and Pieter (YouTuber Flula Borg).

For starters, I’m aca-thrilled that they decided not to include so many imaginary words with aca- in front of them, because in my opinion, that idea was incredibly overused in the first film and ended up killing some potentially good moments.

The plot of Pitch Perfect 2 was pretty similar to the original Pitch Perfect, except the romances happen between different characters and the newcomers are played by different actors. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – it worked for them the first time, and judging by the box office, it’s working again. Another similarity between the first and second movie was that the music was fantastic. I enthusiastically bobbed my head to every performance while wishing that I could be inside the screen seeing them perform live.

One thing I didn’t like was that Anna Kendrick’s character, Beca, seemed to have more of a personality in the first movie; in the second, she came across as angry toward and completely withdrawn from the group. It felt almost impossible to relate to her, which caused an emotional disconnect that wasn’t experienced in the first movie. (Remember the Cup Song audition?) It was so simple and endearing, and that was a quality the sequel lacked. 

Rebel Wilson’s character, Fat Amy, is still the overwhelming comedic crux of the film, as she was in the first movie. A few of her jokes felt forced, as if writer Kay Cannon was intimidated by the knowledge that the character had a lot to live up to after the first movie. That being said, most of her Fat Amy humour was still on point, and I’d still say that her character was probably the best part of the movie.

Important side note: if you’re a parent of young children, don’t let the cutesy girl-power vibe cloud your judgment – there is still a lot of over-the-top offensive content that I wouldn’t want my kid hearing or repeating to their friends and classmates. Be aware of the rating (PG-13) and make an informed decision!

If you enjoyed the first movie and you’re looking for a considerably entertaining sequel that will give you a handful of low-blow, cheap laughs but a lot of well-deserved ones as well, then going to see this film is definitely worth your time.