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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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Films To Look Out For In 2017 Part 3

Howdy people of the interweb and welcome to Films to look out for in 2017! This is my preview of upcoming films that I believe deserve your attention this year. In PART 1 I covered films from January to March, in PART 2 I covered April to July and in this post I’ll be covering August to December.

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

  1. Obviously a lot of films come out, so if they’re not on my list it’s either because I don’t know about them or I don’t care…
  2. 2016 films getting their UK releases this year don’t count! So there. 😛

Okay then, let’s start 😀

Baby Driver

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Release Date: August 11th (USA & UK)

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I am a massive fan of Edgar Wright and I will follow his career wherever it goes, and while I will always wonder what he would have brought to Ant-Man, I still respect his decision, plus his original projects are always more interesting. I like the sound of the premise and the cast is also impressive including Lily James, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey and Jon Bernthal among others.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

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Release Date: August 18th (USA & UK)

I just looked this film up and it sounds like it could be fun, while I’m always dubious of comedies these days, action comedies at least have some spectacle that I’ll enjoy and the premise sounds like it could be worth watch, plus this cast is interesting including Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Élodie Yung, and Salma Hayek, I’m down.

American Made

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Release Date: August 25th (UK), September 29th (USA)

I’m always looking forward to Doug Liman’s next project especially after Edge of Tomorrow and the fact that he’s teamed up with Tom Cruise on this project gives me hope that the film will be worth a watch. The premise sounds interesting and I am curious to see how those real life events translate to the big screen.

Granite Mountain

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Release Date: September 22nd (USA & UK)

Here’s the premise: “A drama based on the elite crew of men who battled Yarnell Hill Fire, a wildfire in Prescott, Arizona in June 2013 that claimed the lives of 19 of their members.” I may have heard about this film’s production on Collider Movie talk before or some other film-related site, but reading about the premise it sounds like a captivating and intriguing story to be brought to the big screen. I’m really curious to see how Joseph Kosinski handles this film, so far he’s made Tron: Legacy and Oblivion, both films I enjoyed but were more style over substance, though I liked the latter film more for its story and mystery, so maybe with a more grounded story he’ll be able bring something new. Oh and I’m liking this cast including Jennifer Connelly, Taylor Kitsch, Josh Brolin, Jeff Bridges, Miles Teller and Ben Hardy (who will have more to do than he did in X-Men: Apocalypse) and Alex Russell who I haven’t seen since Chronicle.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

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Release Date: September 29th (UK), October 6th (USA)

Kingsman: The Secret Service was one of the best surprises from 2014 and I think ended up in my top 5 of that year, it was so fun, action-packed, hilarious and violent and totally had all of the best qualities that come with a Matthew Vaughn film, but was also self-aware and had some good pop culture references too. So when I heard there’d be a sequel, part of me was wanting to leave the first film alone, but I was also curious to see where this series would go. So now we have the sequel with a cast possibly more impressive than the last including newcomers Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges and Elton John? This should be an interesting adventure an I hope it can be the badass sequel it has the potential to be.

Blade Runner 2049

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Release Date: October 6th (USA & UK)

At this current pont in time I haven’t seen the first Blade Runner, I know, blasphemy right? All I can say is that I just haven’t gotten around to it yet, but I obviously will have seen it by the time this sequel comes out later on this year. I was never overly interested in a sequel to this film until Denis Villeneuve was attached to direct, I haven’t even the entire teaser trailer, this film is a mystery to me and I’m curious to see how it unfolds.

The Snowman

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Release Date: October 13th (USA & UK)

I don’t know much about this film besides the fact that it’s a crime thriller based around a detective who investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman, it’s directed by the man who did Let the Right One In and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (the former I liked and the latter I didn’t) and it stars my peeps Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson, so those facts altogether have me interested.

Logan Lucky

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Release Date: October 13th (USA)

Here we have another interesting film with no UK release date, but there’s a great cast and director and a fun premise. I’m always interested ina comedy if the right kind of people are behind it and his you have Steven Soderbergh in the director’s chair I’m already intrigued, but then you add a cast including Adam Driver, Channing Tatum, Seth MacFarlane, Daniel Craig, Katherine Heigl, Hilary Swank and Sebastian Stan? I’m all over it, I really hope the trailer is good when it gets released.

The Commuter

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Release Date: October 13th (USA) October 20th (UK)

All I know is that I like action thrillers and with a cast that includes Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Sam Neill, Elizabeth McGovern, Jonathan Banks and Patrick Wilson I’m pretty excited to see how this turns out, especially with because you can never have enough Sam Neil. 😀

Thor: Ragnarok

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Release Date: October 27th (UK), November 3rd (US)

I’m unapologetic about my love for Thor from 2011, while not a perfect film, I think there was a lovely sense of wonder, mythology, fun and interesting themes and character elements introduced into not only that film but also the MCU as a whole… And then there’s Thor: The Dark World, one of the most, if not the most forgettable film in the MCU, while there were some cool aspects with Thor and Loki and some action scenes, overall the film was a massive step down for me. And now we have Thor 3, a film that will have: 1) Thor and Hulk together (they had some of the best scenes in The Avengers). 2) Taika Waititi in the directing chair which is awesome. 3) Some adaptation of the Planet Hulk storyline, yay! 4) And a crazy impressive cast including Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins. This has the potential to be really good, but we’ll see.

Justice League

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Release Date: November 17th (USA & UK)

I’m so dubious of this film, while I do want it to succeed I just don’t know if I’ll get a version of the characters that I liked from the animated shows that I enjoyed in the teenage years. Now I know as an adaptation there will be changes from the comics to screen, however, with Man of Steel and Batman V Superman, I feel like there were some unnecessary changes to the basic elements of Superman and Batman in terms of the characters, tone and story that made them a little unlikable for me and some other fans. Now with Justice League, that first footage they showed at Comic-Con last year was interesting for sure and I liked some elements, but I don’t know if it will be a film I’ll like overall. I’m cautiously optimistic.

Coco

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Release Date: November 22nd (USA) December 8th (UK)

Well here we have another new Pixar film which isn’t a sequel or prequel, but an original film and I’m interested but dubious for one key reason; the story is based on the Mexican holiday The Day of the Dead. The reason I am a little less excited about this film is because we’ve already had a film based around this holiday in the form The Book of Life and then there was the opening sequence in Spectre that had a big focus on that event too. Now I know that this film will have its own original take on the holiday and will have those Pixar elements that will make it special, but I guess I need a trailer in order to be swayed.

Murder on the Orient Express

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Release Date: November 22nd (USA) November 24th (UK)

I’m usually not down with remakes of older films especially if the original was pretty good, but if there is a chance that a new filmmaker can add a new perspective that wasn’t able to be done beforehand then I’m at least interested… And that is the case with this film. I liked the 1974 film when I saw it in college, but I never had a crazy attachment to it, so when I heard that there was going to be another version to be directed by Kenneth Branagh, I was all over it. Plus the cast for this film is insanity with Daisy Ridley, Kenneth Branagh, Olivia Colman, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Michael Peña and Michelle Pfeiffer? Madness, I really hope this film is good.

Star Wars: Episode VIII

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Release Date: December 15th (USA & UK)

Rogue One may not have been for everyone but I and numerous other fans across the world certainly enjoyed it, but let’s be real, everyone was waiting for Episode VIII. Besides the addition of Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro and some comments from Rian Johnson about a heavy focus on Luke and Rey’s relationship and what was going on with Luke Skywalker since Return of the Jedi, there’s not much else to go on. All I want is more drama, character development, some more darkness, more Kylo Ren and Snoke, and finally some sweet Luke lightsaber action, that’s all I could ever want.

Pitch Perfect 3

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Release Date: December 22nd (USA & UK)

I will never hide my love for Pitch Perfect, it was one of my favourite music-based film experiences in the cinema in years, it was such a pleasant surprise and cemented my love for Anna Kendrick forever. But then Pitch Perfect 2 came out, and I was stupid hyped for that sequel, but it was a disappointment, not a terrible film, but nowhere near as clever or as fun as the previous film. So when I heard there would be another sequel I wasn’t too keen, but because I like these characters I know I’ll be back to see this new film, I just hope the music, humour and story is better this time around.

The Greatest Showman

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Release Date: December 25th (USA) December 29th (UK)

While I am interested in the story for the film, it is the cast that really have my interest. Seeing Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson and Michelle Williams together makes me very happy, plus I’m curious to see what Zendaya will bring to this film too. Plus it is a musical and while I’m not the biggest fan of those, I have been watching more over the last few years from Les Misérables to Sing Street and La La Land so I’m more open to them than I was before.

So finally that’s PART 3 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 coming back to see my Most Anticipated Films of 2017! Laters 😀

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2017 in Films, Media

 

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