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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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Upcoming Stuff For The Blog…

Howdy people of the internet, it’s your friendly neighbourhood Hypersonic55 just here to give you an update as to what’s going on with my blog as of recently and what will be coming up in the near future.

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What’s Going On

So what’s been going on in my world? Well a lot of stuff and not so much at the same time. For those you of who follow this blog you may have noticed that things haven’t been too active on this blog in the last month or so. There’s certainly been a lack of reviews for sure, though I have been watching films at home and in the cinema. At this point in times I’ve seen Avengers: Age of Ultron four times now and I’ve seen Mad Max: Fury Road twice, so I’m in my groove. Outside of that I obviously got went to the MCM London Expo, I’ve been also drawing a lot to improve my skills and I’m been gaming a fair bit too playing some Super Smash Bros. 4, Mario Kart 8 and Pokemon Shuffle. But the main thing that’s been eating up my time is work. Having a job is fun because I like money, but it also tires me out and conflicts with a lot of my socializing and free time in general. Even though its been eight weeks now, I still haven’t fully adjusted to the whole ‘having a job’ and ‘being an adult’ kind of thing.

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What’s Coming Up

But I guess you’re more interested in what I’ve got coming up right? Well I have a lot of reviews on the horizon and if I can get my ass in gear then there will be plenty of them and other blog post coming. So let’s talk films, there’s two major films that still need reviewing on this blog and that’s Pitch Perfect 2 and Tomorrowland. Both films I was meant to see opening weekend but I couldn’t fit them around my work schedule, and most days when I’m not working I just want to be inside. But I want to stress that those reviews are coming so look forward to those.

PP2-TMDGoing to try and review these films by the weekend at the latest.

In addition to the films I got some TV-based stuff to talk about too. With all of the major comic book TV shows all done and dusted I wanted to analyse them, check out their strengths and weaknesses and compare them overall. I want to cover everything from The Flash and Constantine to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Daredevil and everything else. Plus I’ve also been watching Buffy again recently so my review of season 6 is already in development.

TV-Shows-For-ReviewsPlenty of TV shows for me to talk about from now until the summer lol.

And finally I’m hoping to do some music reviews and talk about some video games too. OH and just to combine the last two subjects, I’ve recently updated my parts 1, 2 and 3 of My Favourite Music In Video Games posts, so check those out and look forward to part 4 because it’ll be a fun one to discuss!

Well that’s me done for now, just look forward to some fancy material from me in the near future and over the next month too. To those regular readers and the new ones too thanks for your continued support and I’ll see ya one the next blog post, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Life

 

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Films To Look Out For In 2015 Part 2

Howdy people of the interweb and welcome to the second part of my special series of blog posts dedicated to the films that you should be looking out for this year entitled: Films to look out for in 2015! It’s a preview to this year’s selection of films in the cinema and I’m basically going to highlight why I believe they’re worth paying attention to. Before checking this out be sure to read PART 1 first.

Now before we begin I have two main things I need yo point out:

  1. Obviously a lot films come out, so if they’re not only my list it’s either because I don’t know about them or I don’t care…
  2. 2014 films getting their UK releases this year don’t count! So there.😛

Okay then, let’s start 😀

Furious 7

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Release Date: April 3rd (USA & UK)

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I don’t think anyone expected the Fast & Furious film series to survive this long. I now its been said many times before, but before the fourth film, this series was pretty much on the way out. It wasn’t until the fourth film when things picked up, and then with the fifth, that’s when the series became a totally different beast. Fast 5 was amazing and Fast 6 reinforced the fun factor of this new series, and now we have the SEVENTH film in the series. Furious 7 is a very important film in this series, besides looking to be awesome with more-the-top action sequences and having Jason Statham added to the film, this is also the last film to feature Paul Walker. And I think a lot of fans are wondering how his character’s story will be concluded. I just hope we’ll get another great film with a good final send-off for Walker.

Child 44

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Release Date: April 17th (USA & UK)

I don’t know much about this film is about, it doesn’t even have a trailer, however I am intrigued by the cast alone. I love Tom Hardy and there can never be too much Gary Oldman in anything. And then add on top of that Noomi Rapace, Vincent Cassel, Jason Clarke and I think we’re in for an interesting experience. And with a premise that sounds interesting enough, I hope that this film turns out to be good.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Release Date: May 1st (USA), April 24th (UK)

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Oh yes, this is the big one! The Avengers was one of my favourite films of 2012 and I have been eagerly anticipating the sequel ever since… And now in 2015 the film’s nearly upon us! The teaser trailer pretty much blew me away and ever since I’ve been shivering like a man on crack just waiting for my next fix. This film looks like all shit hits the fan, the Avengers all have individual struggles to take on and on top of that have to deal with Ultron, the new crazy robot wanting to destroy humans. The action looks heavy, the drama is everywhere and it looks like there are going to be crazy repercussions. I can’t wait to see Ultron, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch and of course ANDY SERKIS! 😀

Mad Max: Fury Road

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Release Date: May 15th (USA & UK)

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I’ve been curiously watching this film from afar for so long, but it wasn’t until that last trailer when this film jumped on radar and smacked me in the face. The last trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road was one of the most hardcore trailers I have seen in quite some time. I love the cast, the story and setting looks interesting and with those crazy action sequences with car chases, explosions and massive sandstorms, I’m all over it. I want this film now.

Pitch Perfect 2

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Release Date: May 15th (USA & UK)

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The first film really surprised me and I found it to be one of the best musical-based experiences I’ve had in the cinema, maybe ever. I just love good singers and good acting, and Pitch Perfect had both. So when I heard there was going to be a sequel, I was dubious, but since I like the last film, I thought I’d give this sequel a chance. The trailer looks interesting, the scale is bigger, there are more music groups and Rebel Wilson looks like she’ll be just as fun as last time. I hope Elizabeth Banks’ direction work for this sequel.

Tomorrowland

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Release Date: May 22nd (USA & UK)

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So now we have Tomorrowland, a film that’s been shrouded in secrecy for a while and even after the trailer came out we only learn a few details about the film in terms of the story, setting and characters involved. That being said, the trailer did spark my curiosity and the fact that it’s being directed by Brad Bird, the man behind two of my favourite films (The Incredibles and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) automatically makes this a film worth watching.

San Andreas

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Release Date: May 29th (USA & UK)

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This is a film I had head about but never seen nothing about until I watched the trailer recently. It has been a while since the last disaster film, and while they are very predictable, over-the-top and quite silly, there is something about seeing the world going to shit that always draws people in, me included. This films looks like fun and I like the cast, Dwayne Johnson, great choice and look there’s Paul Giamatti and the gorgeous Alexandra Daddario, I’m down.

Jurassic World

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Release Date: June 12th (USA & UK)

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You know wasn’t blown away by the teaser trailer, in fact ever since it came out I’ve been in two minds about the film. On one hand we have the first Jurassic Park film in 14 years and there is a lot of potential with the cast and modern visual effects. That being said on the other hand this film could just rehash ideas from past films with nothing new being added and whatever new elements included (hybrid dinosaurs, scientists meddling with stuff they should, big theme park full of people, trained velociraptors, etc) don’t seem as exciting as they could be. I’m willing to give the film the benefit of the doubt and I PRAY that it’s good, but right now the film doesn’t give me much hope.

Inside Out

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Release Date: June 19th (USA), July 24th (UK)

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Okay so now we have the next Pixar film which I’m hoping will be good. Pixar for me haven’t done a truly great film since 2010 with Toy Story 3 and in recent years Disney, DreamWorks and other animation studios have been stealing their thunder. So now we have Inside Out, a film that has an interesting premise, and while the first trailer didn’t grab me, the latest trailer (as seen above), gives me a better idea of what to expect. The film seems incredible inventive, colourful, funny and true to life.

Terminator Genisys

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Release Date: July 1st (USA), July 3rd (UK)

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This film, boy oh boy, I really hope this film is good. The Terminator film series has never been able to rise above the first two films with a decent third film and forgettable fourth one. These days I think people are in two camps; those who want more films and those who can’t be arsed with it. I would like to see the Terminator series get back on track, but with the right amount of care and attention that Jame Cameron put into the first two films. But since that isn’t happening anytime soon, we have Alan Taylor at the helm instead with an interesting cast and a crazy variation on the basic Terminator mythology. It looks interesting for sure, but it looks so dodgy at the same time with some references to the past that a little too on-the-nose for me. But here’s hoping.

Minions

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Release Date: July 10th (USA), June 26th (UK)

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I’m not one of those super obsessed fans of the Despicable Me films or the Minion characters. That being said I do like the films, I think they’re fun and the Minions were definitely one of the best parts of Despicable Me 2, and with them getting their own film, I thought initially this was overkill and unnecessary, but after seeing the trailer I think it may be worth watching. The concept of the Minions being so old, surviving throughout time and trying to have leader who they don’t inadvertently kill looks hilarious. The trailer is full of humour, charm and all that good stuff that has come before. I hope this film is doesn’t kill my love for these guys.

Ant-Man

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Release Date: July 17th (USA & UK)

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Now this is the next big Marvel film to break into Phrase Three and while I’m naturally excited for any new film that Marvel Studios will put out, this is the project I’m most concerned about. It has had a long time in production, last year it lost Edgar Wright (most people’s sole reason for watching the film) and the recent teaser trailer hasn’t given many much reason to be excited. However, it is Marvel Studios and if they can make Guardians of the Galaxy work, then hopefully they can do the same for this.

Alrighty then, that’s part 2 done. Thanks a lot for reading. Are any of the films listed on your personal list of films to watch? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them below and I’ll see you for PART 3! Laters 😀

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2015 in Films, Media

 

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