Howdy ladies and gents, time for a film review I’ve been meaning to do for almost two weeks, its time to talk about Pitch Perfect 2. Now Pitch Perfect was a film that surprised me when I saw it in early 2013, I thought it was going to be some horrible Glee-like affair, but it was actually a really fun film with some awesome music covers. So when I heard there was going to be a sequel I was down, and now that I’ve FINALLY seen the film it’s time to pass judgement.
The story can be described as the following:
“After a humiliating command performance at Lincoln Center, the Barden Bellas enter an international competition that no American group has ever won in order to regain their status and right to perform.“
The story in this film is an enjoyable ride for sure with all the fun stuff you loved about the first film back in spades but with new scenarios and challenges for the characters involved. Make no mistake, if you’ve seen a music-related film before (especially if it’s a sequel) then several of the plot points will be familiar to you and you could see some of them coming a mile away. This can be a good or bad thing depending who you are. What I did like about this film is that it advances Beca’s story, reinforces the theme friendship between the Bellas and raises the stakes. What I wasn’t too keen on was the overall story, it just wasn’t as interesting this time round and there was an unnecessary romance added to this film that didn’t need to be there. Also the humour just wasn’t on-point here, in the last film I laughed a good few times, but here not once, most of the jokes fell flat or just got me to smile rather than laugh my head off and that sucked. I’m not going to lie, there is a feeling of disappointment with this film’s story, but it is hard to hate when I did have a lot of fun with it though.
As for the cast, the returning characters do a good job, while newcomers rise to the occasion and give memorable performances. Anna Kendrick once again does a good job as Beca Mitchell, she’s still one of the leaders of the Bellas but is also pursuing her dreams as well and Kendrick besides being gorgeous as always, she acts well and has a lovely voice. Rebel Wilson returns as Fat Amy in an even bigger way than before. Amy was clearly one of the best aspects of the last film and she’s put to good use in this film having a lot of the most memorable scenes, though I feel like her humour was a bit forced this time round. Brittany Snow does well as Chloe Beale, she’s still the bubbly and pretty co-leader of the Bellas. What I like about this film is that it explores her personality little more and shows how much a capella means to her. Ester Dean as Cynthia-Rose Adams is great, she’s the sassy, cool and funny, Alexis Knapp is still hot and funny as Stacie Conrad, and Hana Mae Lee still makes me smile as Lilly Onakurama, continuing to say strange things quietly.
Hailee Steinfeld is a newcomer as Emily Junk, but she fits into this colourful cast of characters as this freshman who’s an aspiring songwriter. I really enjoyed Steinfeld in Begin Again and she was also lovely here having good chemistry with the other Bellas. Skylar Astin and Ben Platt come back and do their thing as Jesse Swanson and Benjamin “Benji” Applebaum, individually and together they are cool. Adam DeVine comes back as Bumper Allen and he’s alright, though not nearly as funny as before. It’s also good to see Anna Camp as Aubrey Posen as she was just as fun as ever, and Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins are once again on-form as Gail Abernathy-McKadden-Feinberger and John Smith, the a capella competition commentators, their chemistry is great, though they did seem like it was a bit less funny than before. Flula Borg was good as Pieter Krämer, but I was more interested in was Birgitte Hjort Sørensen as Kommissar, she’s not only gorgeous she’s also been in one of the recent episodes of Game of Thrones and she was pretty fun here. Together Krämer and Sørensen have good screen time together. Keegan-Michael Key as Beca’s boss at Residual Heat was really fun and I was totally surprised to see Katey Sagal as Katherine Junk, even though her part was small in the film Sagal was great. Oh and finally David Cross as the Riff-Off host, that guy was great.
When it comes to the presentation it is good, but mainly excels in the audio department. Visually the film looks nice, the filming and editing during the music numbers are great and I like the levels of spectacle that comes with the performances with all the awesome dance choreography and props. As for the music, like the last film it is the best part. I will say that I didn’t enjoy the songs in this film as much as the last one mainly because there was a lot of popular modern stuff in there and that’s not really my thing. That being said, the a capella sound is still as beautiful and unbelievable as ever and the covers of En Vogue’s “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)”, Destiny’s Child’s “Bootylicious” Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do with It” and A Tribe Called Quest’s “Scenario” are just a handful of some of the awesome songs that get sung. But the best part for me was the cover of Kris Kross’ “Jump”, that song is one of my favourite 90’s jams and it was done to brilliant effect.
In conclusion Pitch Perfect 2 is an adequate sequel to the original offering up the same fun you got from the first film except with new songs, characters and situations. with good singing. I do want to stress that I still had a lot of fun with this film and the pros outweigh the cons for sure, HOWEVER, it’s not as good as the previous film, but it is still worth a watch for fans of the last one or those who love music films
6.5/10 (Really fun but ultimately disappointing)
So have you seen Pitch Perfect 2 and if so what do you think of it? Please be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀