TL;DR – A great sequel to a great film, really enjoyable to watch, even if Rebel Wilson is starting to wear a bit thin.
Score – 4 out of 5 Stars
This is how you do a comedy sequel correctly, you take everything that worked from the first movie, you then drop/retool the things that didn’t and then you up the stakes.
In case you didn’t watch/get dragged to Pitch Perfect 1, it was about an A-cappella group ‘The Barden Bellas’ that has to fight their way into the national championships (think Glee but like with older much more likeable people, and 2 seasons condensed into 2 hours). In Pitch Perfect 2 a “mistake” gets the Bella’s banned from competing in the National Championships and only winning the international competition will get them reinstated.
So Pitch Perfect is both a Comedy and a Musical Movie, and does it work? short answer yes, long answer yes it really does. Most of the cast was really on top of their game from Anna “I survived the Twilight Saga without ruining my career’ Kendrick (Beca Mitchell), to Rebel Wilson (Patricia “Fat Amy”) who shines and steals most of the scenes she is in, to Adam DeVine (Bumper Allen) who I really hope they gave a lot of money to given what they make him do. Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins once again provide a lot of laughs and this time they sort of justified why they would exist in this world. Birgitte Hjort Sørensen and Flula Borg are amazing as the leaders of the rival German team Das Sound Machine and Keegan-Michael Key is strangely compelling ass Beca’s new boss.
As far as the musical performances go, if you suspend you belief as to how the hell they would pay for all them (like seriously how the hell did they pay for everyone to get to Denmark), they work quite well, with a couple of the Das Sound Machine performances and the finale as standouts.
There are some weaknesses, they seem to have to try and find excuses to include the ‘Treblemakers’ the antagonists from the first movie and it does not always work. Also there is a new Bella Florencia “Flo” Fuentes (Chrissie Fit) who is a sort-of illegal immigrant (the movie can’t make up it mind on this), and look I’m not Latino, so I may be wrong, but if really felt like she moved beyond being a stereotype into really uncomfortable territory.
Look in the end these are really minor quibbles, the movie is fun entertaining and endearing and looks there is a scene in the middle of the film with a cameo that had the audience laughing for a good 5 minutes. Can Highly Recommend.
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Directed By – Elizabeth Banks
Written By – Kay Cannon
Staring – Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine, Katy Sagal, Anna Camp, Ben Blatt, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Deen, Chrissie Fit, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen and Flula Borg
Rating – Australia: M; Canada: PG; Ireland: 12A; UK: 12A; USA: PG-13