Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

Pitch Perfect was a hit for myself a few years back. You can find that review here. It had so much fun and crazy and musically catching. There was so much that worked even if it hit some absurd notes here and there. While I had my criticisms, it proves to be one that I watch over and over again and somehow love more and more. The way the first movie ended left it wide open for a sequel and in 2015, we got one. I’m not sure why I waited so long but maybe its a part of me that wonders how feasible a second one could be.

Lets check it out!

Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

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Director: Elizabeth Banks

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld, Skylar Astin, Adam Devine, Ben Platt, Anna Camp

Oh, Pitch Perfect 2, so much good and yet so much felt a little overboard and disjointed. This franchise’s strength is in its musical numbers and in many ways, the sequel follows a similar formula to the first. Disaster at performance, loses credibility, new girl new ideas, losing group magic and journey to regain it and finally the final hurrah and of course, you can’t forget to throw in a great rival. What Pitch Perfect 2 adds is that these girls are all heading into graduation and call it a final showdown before they grow up and go their separate ways or whatnot, its also about letting go of this safety net they built and finding the courage to move on. This sequel also has following and gives them a pass because there is already some knowledge about these young ladies and we can’t help but at least like them. If they are leaving, then how are we getting a Pitch Perfect 3? While I don’t quite know the answer to that, there is something of a handing down the baton as we get a new member here played by Hailee Steinfeld and she, like Becca in Pitch Perfect, changes the formula of the Barden Bellas.

Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect 2 didn’t quite hit the greatness of its predecessor. The main reason being it seemed slightly disjointed. Some absurdities was really there because they could put it there and never seemed to serve much purpose. However, you can probably argue that these moments define the characters and show off the essence of the movie and is for comedic effects. And in some ways, it certainly delivers. In others, perhaps it tests where your funny bone lies, aka what makes you laugh. There was certainly a lot of humor here that worked for myself because I had the background of the first one and the respective characters. However, there were some rather ridiculous bits that just felt a tad a stupid and unnecessary.

Pitch Perfect 2

Fact is, Pitch Perfect 2 has a lot of parallels to Pitch Perfect. The rivalry or the riff off now called something else. There’s the bonding and rebonding. There are familiar faces that come back and extensions of relationships. There are new hurdles as they step into a new world just like the previous. The mash-ups aren’t as good as the first one but they are acceptable. It really elevates the concept that Pitch Perfect was great for its cast and this one brings them out as much as they can. They create more growth for Becca as she somehow strives hard to grow outside of the Bellas, Fat Amy connects with herself a little more and with Bumper (who makes a reappearance after his irresponsible exit in the first movie), Anna Camp stops by for a tough love bonding experience cameo, etc. Hailee Steinfeld plays Emily, the new addition with a knack for making original music and adds to their skill set

Overall, there really isn’t a whole lot to say about Pitch Perfect 2. It made me want to watch Pitch Perfect (again) and see the movie in its full glory. There’s a lot of similarities in the second one even in the story arcs and yet it never quite lives up to the original perhaps it lacked its own personality. The new characters didn’t bring anything new. The old characters still had their charm which is what kept it fun to watch. There were some laughs and equally some meh and some WTFs. In the end, it was an average experience.

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Pitch Perfect (2012)

I saw Pitch Perfect right before February started and the Valentine’s marathon started.  Between then and now, its been constantly in my DVD player and accompanying me during workouts and late night when I felt like I needed to breathe between Sparks adaptations.  I am totally obsessed and I think I’ve seen it in the past 2 weeks at least 10 times.  With that said, you already have a good idea where this is going but lets start with a little synopsis!

pitch perfect posterDirector: Jason Moore

Cast: Anna Kendricks, Brittany  Snow, Skylar Astin, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson, Adam DeVine, Ben Platt, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins

Beca’s (Anna Kendrick) dream is to make music but her father insists that she goes to Barden University and try that out beforehand.  He ends up making a deal with her that if she puts herself out there and doesn’t enjoy it in the end, then she is free to go.  With that said, she tries out for the all girls acapella group Barden Bellas under the encouragement of one of the group’s leaders, Chloe (Brittany Snow).  Barden Bellas suffered from their current leaders embarassement in the finals the previous year and they are trying to regroup with new members and hopefully right the wrong by winning against the other group, all guys acapella group, The Treblemakers led by Bumper (Adam DeVine).  Beca joins the group and has a hard time going along with the leader Aubrey’s (Anna Camp) lack of desire to stray from tradition and control, especially in regards to her growing friendship (and attraction) with new Treblemaker member, Jesse (Skylar Astin).

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When Pitch Perfect first came out, I kind of dismissed it.  I don’t know why because this stuff calls out to me all the time.  But as time went by, reaching about the end of last year, I started liking Anna Kendrick for her song Cups and then I remembered how much I really love Brittany Snow.  I really think it has to do with the fact that there hasn’t been a lot of this type of singing competition things thats peaked my interest and I was starting to fall out of liking Glee also. From my intro paragraph, you already know I LOVE it! I seriously am obsessed.  Pitch Perfect is an awesomely fun movie with great covers and nice little parts other than just the main competitions. I personally loved The Riff Off! I was even thinking if someone does that in real life, it would so cool!

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Not only is the main character, Beca played by Anna Kenrick really cool to watch, everyone else really builds up to be fantastic side characters as well as the Barden Bellas start to bond.  They do some pretty ridiculous things and well, I’m not a huge Rebel Wilson fan to begin and even I started loving her character. She has some of the most hilarious moments and lines.  Thats exactly it why this movie is great.  Not only do they have great tunes, awesome characters and bonding but it even has humor, at times, witty and smart and others, just plain silly and ridiculous but it all works out to be the perfect amount of fun. One of the crazy moments was realizing that Aubrey is actually the crazy religious lady in True Blood, you know, ex-wife of Steve Newlin.

pitch perfect skylar astin and treblemakers

Now, looking at the boys.  I know no one in this and the main focus is on the Treblemakers as a group with a bigger focus on Skylar Astin’s character, Jesse who is pretty much the love interest of Beca.  Its kind of funny because the geeky/nerdy factor of this group was crazy.  Its kind of silly but fun, still.  Bumper is such a jerky character and Adam DeVine does it so well.  He’s jerky but at certain parts, so funny.  However, I really love Skylar Astin.  I’ve never seen this guy before but Jesse is a pretty cool character as in he’s not only very knowledgeable with music (and sings great) but he has great taste in movies.  Plus, the character itself sets the movie off in a very positive attitude.

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Seriously, other than the bits of throwing up that makes the movie a bit disgusting to watch during a meal.  The rest of it is totally impressive, fun, entertaining, toe-tapping, sing along, humorous.  Its pure awesomeness and I totally regret not seeing it sooner! I can’t wait for the second one! If its even a margin as good as this one, it’ll be pretty epic 🙂

What did you think of Pitch Perfect?