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REVIEW: Pitch Perfect 3

Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to another review and today I’m bringing you my final review of the four films I saw yesterday in the form of Pitch Perfect 3! Now I was cautious yet curious to see this film when it was announced back in 2015 because 1) I LOVE the first film, it’s still one of the best surprises I’ve had in the cinema. And 2) Even though the second film was a mess, I was curious to see what would happen with Elizabeth Banks away from the camera as the director.

The plot can be summed up as the following: “After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.

I thought the film was fun, despite its many issues, I did think it was a solid film. What I liked was that this film found a nice way to bring the Bellas back together and we got to see them travel to new locations and get into some new situations in addition to the competition. It is an absurd adventure with some good character progression for certain individuals but also some silly stuff as well. The humour felt right too, while not all of it hits (especially when it comes to one character specifically which I’ll get to later on), I do feel like some of verbal jokes and timing of certain lines was on-point. The core issue of the film is Fat Amy’s subplot, at first, it’s a little interesting, but then it starts to take up too much screen time and by the end of the film I was so ready for it to end. Also with the new bands that the Bellas face, they have great introductions but weren’t used to the best degree. And even though this film isn’t exactly the best film to end this series on and cements the fact that there should have been just the first Pitch Perfect film, I did like the ending and the credits which were quite lovely and heartfelt.

The cast was all pretty good for the most part, though some stand out more than others. Let’s start with the Bellas, let’s start with Anna Kendrick who is still great as Beca Mitchell. Of all the girls she has the best development and interesting journey and Kendrick is still as beautiful and charming as ever. The same can’t be said for Rebel Wilson as Fat Amy, Wilson used to be hilarious as Amy in the first film, however beginning with the second film they made her comedic moments so ridiculous and stupid and while they partly gave her some depth and better verbal jokes, however, she became the focus of the film in the worst possible way and as the film went on she became more annoying and tedious. Brittany Snow still has that “it factor” as Chloe Beale, it is interesting to learn what she’s been up to since the last film, but also see her have these really funny lines and situations especially with Beca. Anna Camp is once again good as Aubrey Posen, and Hailee Steinfeld as Emily Junk has some interesting development but feels a little less important than the last film, but still has great chemistry with the other girls. Hana Mae Lee as Lilly Onakuramara has always been one of my favourite Bella and she has some my favourite moments in the film. Ester Dean is another one of my people as Cynthia-Rose Adams, she has some really fun scenes on and off the stage, and Chrissie Fit as Florencia “Flo” Fuentes has some solid moments in the film too.

As for the other cast members, John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks as John Smith and Gail-Abernathy-McKadden-Feinberger are the same annoying commentors following the Bellas on their reunion and new journey, and while they can be very stupid and tedious, they have their moments to be hilarious, strange and insulting at the same time. John Lithgow as Fergus Hobart, the villain for the film started out well but got silly and boring by the end of the film. Guy Burnett was a nice addition to the film as Theo, DJ Khaled was really funny and felt like a super charismatic version of himself and finally Ruby Rose and Andy Allo of the band Evermoist were good but underused.

When it comes to the music I can gladly say that this film succeeds with flying colours, the best thing about the Pitch Perfect films have been the vocal performances of famous songs and this film’s selection is fabulous with a nice blend of recognisable and new music. While it doesn’t reach the heights of the original film, this film is WAY better than the second film with its song selection and the variety of forms in which they are performed from acappella to the use of singing with instruments. It is very creative, fun and so damn catchy.

In conclusion, Pitch Perfect 3 was a bit of mixed bag, but I still liked it. While the Fat Amy subplot almost knocks the film over a cliff, I do think that for the most part that the humour and especially the music safe this film and make it more enjoyable than the last film.

So have you seen Pitch Perfect 3 and if so what did you think of it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2018 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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LATE REVIEW: Pitch Perfect 2

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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SIMPLE REVIEW: The Voices

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another review and today I’ll be talking about The Voices. Now this is a film I saw advertised on TV last week and decided that it would be worth a watch just because I was curious to see what Ryan Reynolds is up to these days. So is it good or not? Well read on and find out!

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When it comes to the story it goes a little something like this:

“Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is that chipper guy clocking the nine-to-five at a bathtub factory, with the offbeat charm of anyone who could use a few friends. With the help of his court-appointed psychiatrist, he pursues his office crush (Gemma Arterton). However, the relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn after she stands him up for a date. Guided by his evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog, Jerry must decide whether to keep striving for normalcy, or indulge in a much more sinister path.”

I thought the story here was pretty interesting, it was dark, creepy, violent, but also quite funny and bizarre. I got a lot of vibes from films like Filth, Life After Beth and Warm Bodies where life goes on as normal but there is a something questionable and out of the ordinary happening where people can’t see. At first I was wondering how the film would proceed and whether it would catch my interest, however, once the more dark and corrupt side of things take place the film definitely gets more interesting and as things go from good to bad and worse for Jerry, you just get curious to see how things will pan out in the end. There is a lot of creepy and atmospheric aspects to the story, but at time things can be quite funny as there are scenes and sequences that make light of such dark and dangerous situations. Oh, and the ending for this film, damn! I was not expecting it at all, I won’t say what happens, but suffice to say it was awesome.

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When it comes to the cast they are all pretty good, but this film belongs to Ryan Reynolds as he does a terrific job playing Jerry Hickfang and some other characters. Jerry is a lovely, friendly, if somewhat confusing and strange individual, he operates in his own little world but just about functions normally when in the presence of others. At first you wonder what the deal is with him, but as the film goes on you come to understand him and while not all of his decisions are right, you do want to see him find peace. Reynolds is an actor who I’ve liked mainly after I saw Buried which is one of the most underrated films of 2010 and still is Reynolds’ best performance to date, and here he delivers another great performance. While Reynolds has a fairly recognisable face, I seriously didn’t see it that much, the man disappeared into the role and was really convincing as this mentally disturbed man and that takes talent.

Anna Kendrick was really good as Lisa. Any time I see Kendrick in a film I get quite happy, I’ve been a fan of hers since Up in the Air and every film I’ve seen her in, she turns in a good performance and the same can be said here. Kendrick plays such a sweet, innocent and light-hearted girl who pretty much wears her heart on her sleeve and has some fun times with her co-workers and Jerry. Gemma Arterton was also great as Fiona, I haven’t seen Arterton in many films since Quantum of Solace, but I’m glad to report that she is still 1) A very beautiful and attractive woman. But more importantly 2) That she is a very good and compelling actress with a lovely and likeable presence. As for Jacki Weaver she was brilliant as Dr. Warren, she was the doctor trying to help Jerry with his condition and trying to steer him in the right direction and Weaver handled the role like a pro, being calm and authoritative but also kind and understanding. Oh and Ella Smith was quite cheeky and nice as Alison.

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In conclusion The Voices is a good film, since it isn’t a big budget film I feel like it will probably get ignored by the general public and that sucks because this is definitely one interesting film with a great central performance from Ryan Reynolds. It probably won’t appeal to everyone as it is quite disturbing and violent, however the intriguing story and good performances on display should not be missed out on.

Rating: 7.5/10

So have you seen The Voices and if so what did you think of it? Please be sure to leave your comments below and let me know what your thoughts are. Until the next time, peace out peeps! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Life After Beth Review

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another film review and today’s review comes in the form of Life after Beth. Now I hadn’t heard of this film until last week when I saw a TV spot for it and while it looked like some sort of silly zombie comedy, the fact that Aubrey Plaza and Dane Dehaan were in gave me a reason to seek it out. So luckily while I was up in Sheffield earlier this week I got to watch it and now I’m ready to give you my thoughts. Minor Spoilers Follow 🙂

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The story can be described as the following:

“Zach is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth. When she miraculously comes back to life, Zach takes full advantage of the opportunity to experience all the things he regretted not doing when she was alive. However, the newly returned Beth isn’t quite the way he remembered her, and before long, Zach’s world takes a turn for the worse.”

I thought from the way the film was advertised that it was going to be some sort of comedy and while it certainly comedic at various points in the film, this is not Zombieland. This is like a dark comedy with a minor focus on zombies There’s a much bigger focus on Zach and his relationship with his girlfriend, Beth, the story is focused around them until Beth starts to become uncontrollable and the film opens up to this small epidemic that is taking place all over the local town. The film did not play out how I imagined and there were a few things about the way in which the small zombie apocalypse was handled was different and interesting. The humour in the film did feel a little lacking and I’m sure there were points where jokes or funny lines were spoken which were supposed to make me laugh, but I, along with the rest of the members of the cinema screen stayed silent. Another bummer was the fact that the film went on a bit too long, part of what happens towards the end of the film is a long time coming, but I feel like it could have been done a lot sooner.

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As for the cast, they are all good for the most part. Aubrey Plaza as Beth Slocum is great, she really gives 100% in this role as human-like zombie who at first seems normal, but eventually starts to deteriorate and go a bit psycho as the film progresses. What I liked about Plaza here is that this role felt like an extension of her character April in Parks and Recreation, like if April wanted to go crazy and eat people I feel like this is the kind of stuff that she would do. But beyond that, Beth is a beautiful, caring and well-mannered girl, that being said when she freaks out, she can be very similar to the Hulk in terms of strength, anger and all-round chaos and I loved it. Dane DeHaan is also good as Zach Orfman. Zach is a guy who basically goes through hell and back when he loses his girlfriend, gets her back, then has to deal with her mood swings, angry outbursts and much more, so you can’t help but feel bad for the guy in a lot of ways. That being said the dude is a bit too lovesick for my liking and can come across as a bit of a whiny bitch at times. DeHaan did well with his material and I like how far he has come as an actor since 2012.

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John C. Reilly as Maury Slocum was interesting, he is a well-mannered man who loved his daughter and had a good relationship with Zach, however, once Berth comes back to life and becomes involved with Zach again, he starts to get very protective of his daughter and aggressive towards Zach. Reilly is a funny guy and I’ve seen that in the past, but I don’t believe he was nearly as funny as he should have been. Molly Shannon doesn’t fare any better as Geenie Slocum, she is just there to support her husband but doesn’t really have many stand-out moments to herself. Both of them together work well together and they have interesting banter, but considering the situation with their daughter, I thought there could have been funnier and more serious moments for them to take on in the story. Cheryl Hines and Paul Reiser as Judy and Noah Orfman are fine as Zach’s parents, but they aren’t really all that interesting to be honest. Of the Orfman family the funniest would be Matthew Gray Gubler as Kyle Orfman as his job as a security officer puts him in some funny scenarios with his brother and other members of the community throughout the film. Also the lovely Anna Kendrick was nice as Erica Wexler. Erica is a cute and good-hearted person, but is also a bit of an airhead and this is the first time I’ve seen Anna Kendrick in such a light-hearted and silly role, but she was definitely entertaining. Oh, and I was so happy to see Jim O’Heir as Chip the Mailman, (another member from the Parks and Rec TV show for those paying attention).

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In conclusion Life after Beth is a pleasant bit of zombie fun with a great central performance from Aubrey Plaza and good back up from Dane DeHaan. And while the film’s humour is a bit hit and miss, and film’s length is extended a bit longer than it should have been, otherwise it was a good time.

Rating: 7/10

So have you seen Life After Beth and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to comment below and let me know. Until next time peeps, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Pitch Perfect Review

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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

Rating: 8/10

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! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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