Not many people are fans of movies that involve lots of singing. Pitch Perfect is comparable to movies like “Bring It On” and “Balls of Fury” in which they are all competition movies. A Capella Music can also be quite a turn off, yet somehow “Pitch Perfect” brought all three elements together, and it’s simple plot was enhanced greatly through Anna Kendrick’s sarcastic attitude and quirky sense of humour. As the films Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) might say, they’ve crushed it.
Having such a positive outcome, “Pitch Perfect 2” was greatly anticipated, especially amongst teenagers. Unfortunately, it failed to live up to the first movie. It’s not bad, it just didn’t live up to the hype around the first movie.
The film begins with the Bellas in their senior year, still conquering the a capella world. They’re performing in Washington, DC for the President, and they’ve successfully become national celebrities. Although, a wardrobe malfunction during this performance ruins their reputation, and the Bellas become the original underdogs, so many fell in love with.
“Pitch Perfect 2” is pretty much a paint-by-numbers close of the original. Becca is seen to be putting her career in front of the Bella’s, and this serves as a tension point. They become a group of hapless singers, aiming for glory, with multiple obstacles – once again.
It was bizarre to think when the movie began, that three years movie time had passed since the original, yet they all seemed to be frozen where they were when the first film ended.
Many of the jokes in the movie fall flat, intending to be like jokes from the original, and with the plot being so similar, there isn’t much to say that differs between the two. As with the original, Becca (Anna Kendrick) is the troubled heart, and Rebel Wilson is again delightfully brash as Fat Amy.
“Pitch Perfect 2” still manages to hit a few high notes, though the movie’s low notes sometimes went far off key. One disappointment was through the newcomer Emily’s (Hailee Steinfeld) original song – ‘Flashlight’. It’s not a terrible song, it’s just like ever other middle-of-the-road pop song produced in the past decade. Much of the plot revolves around this song, meaning it’s repeated over and over again.
Another low point in the movie is quite bizarre. Flo (Chrissie Fit) is another new Bella, who illegally (by the deportation jokes) went to America from Guatamala. Although she doesn’t have many lines at all, the ones she does have consist of a blatant stereotype. She expresses the worst negative stereotypes in relation to developing nations in Latin America – all for some cheap laughs. It’s hard to see how Flo even made it onto the script, and how anyone would stoop so low as to even play the character.
Another disappointing factor is the blatant sexism, portrayed in the comments from the co-presidents of a capella, Gail and John. (Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins).
If you loved “Pitch Perfect” and you can look past the periodic racism, and somewhat sexism, you’ll love “Pitch Perfect 2”.