Okay so it’s 2013 and I’m only now getting around to talking about Pitch Perfect? What is going on with my life? When did I become this slow at reviewing films? Well I am glad that it hasn’t left the cinema yet because I’ve looking forward to seeing this ever since I saw the trailer in the cinema back in November last year. So was it worth the wait? It totally was and I’m gonna tell you why in this review.
So the story involves an all-girl college a cappella group, The Barden Bellas, as they compete against another a cappella group from their college to win Nationals. The film mainly focuses on Beca and how she initially wants to be DJ and has no interest in singing, however through a series of circumstances she eventually joins a cappella group and starts to get into it and bond with the other girls. The story was pretty cool and not nearly as predictable as I thought it’d be and I think it was down to some clever and funny writing that kept the film from falling into that cliché territory.
Then there are the characters of Pitch Perfect who are simply wonderful. Anna Kendrick as Beca was great, she looks hot as usual, but beyond that I really liked her character. You can see at the start of the film she is very to herself and wants to pursue a music career, however when she joins the Bellas to please her father, you can see that the group is starting to affect her and I love her transition from the start to the end of the film. Skylar Astin as Jesse was cool, when he first came into the film I knew how he’d be connected to Beca but I wondered if his character would be truly significant to the plot. But then he became a member of the Treblemakers and then I was like “Okay now he’s relevant.” He had some great scenes in the Treblemakers and love how into films his character was (like me of course).
Anna Camp as Aubrey Posen was also good in the film. She was a bit of bitch due to her the uptight and controlling nature and while you can understand because of her history she does become a bit overbearing at times. Then there’s Brittany Snow as Chloe Beale, she was cute and pretty funny in some of her scenes too. I like how understanding she was Beca’s contributions to the group and how she was the kinder co-leader of the Bellas. And the last member of the Bellas I wanted to talk about was Hana Mae Lee as Lily Onakuramara. She was the funny little Asian member of the group who speaks so quietly that it was almost impossible to hear her, but when we in the audience could make out what she was saying she had some really funny lines. I really liked this girl!
But the best female and possibly the best character in the film was Rebel Wilson as Fat Amy. She was just perfect. Her character was so weird, inappropriate and surprising, but most importantly she was funny. Fat Amy had some of the best lines in the film and whenever I was laughing it was down to her. I love her character! Nuff said. Ben Platt as Benji Applebaum was jokes; from the time he first appears as Jesse’s nerdy roommate I liked him. You could see that he was going to be a guy to look out for and his contribution to the film was entertaining. And lastly Adam DeVine as Bumper Allen, the leader of the Treblemakers was funny as hell. He was a bit of prick and was cruel to all of the other teams competing against him and his group, however this made for some funny scenes and great quotes from his character. One other person to mention is Elizabeth Banks as Gail Abernath-McKadden who was great and had some strange and hilarious lines when commentating on the live performances.
Outside of the amazing cast it really is the music that shines in this film. The musical performances in this film are simply incredible, inventive and just plain fun to listen to. Some of these groups fins songs that you probably know or love or maybe even hate and find a way to make it sound great in a cappella format. I really loved the performances from The Treblemakers, they were simply badass, their charisma on-stage when they dance along with their vocals is just awesome. The Barden Bellas also have their awesome moments too, but I think the music in the film really comes alive in “The Riff-Off” scene where you have several of the artist coming together battling against each other. The vocals of all of these groups together are just beautiful and make for some great sounds for your ears!
I think one of the main reasons I liked this film was because of my love and respect for people who are in cappella groups. I love the sound of a good cappella group, the way in which one voice can be joined together with several others in order to create this full and amazing sound just makes me smile. Together as a unit a cappella group can turn even the worst of songs into incredible tunes I love to listen to and I believe the music in Pitch Perfect has reignited that fire in my soul again.
In conclusion Pitch Perfect was a great film. The story wasn’t as predictable as I thought, with an incredible cast of actors/singers, an absurdly good soundtrack and some genuinely funny scenes too. This film was awesome and definitely wasn’t anything like Glee (thank god!), check this film out if you have the time, it’s some good stuff.
I hoped you enjoyed this review people, as always do drop me a comment below and tell me what you thought of the film. Until next time, laters! 😀