Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Quick Movie Review: Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)


I, like most fans of 2012's Pitch Perfect, have seen the movie a good handful of times. With that said, it's hard to compare a movie that you've seen once to another which you know so well. But overlooking that fact, Pitch Perfect 2 surpasses the standards set by its predecessor in many ways.

In both films, the Barton Bellas (protagonists) must save their a cappella group from extinction. But while in the first film they have to prove themselves to the world by beating their larger-vocal-ranged male rivals, this one they just have to win a competition in order to fix a problem that they, themselves, created in the first place.

The premise is a little self-constructed and the events feel contrived and less fresh, but it really makes me laugh.

The humor is much of the same self-parody irreverence that makes the first film so appealing. And honestly, I think the jokes in this sequel are better than in the previous film. Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins get more exposure as the snarky a cappella commentators. And we're also introduced to a new character with Keegan-Michael Key playing Beca's (Anna Kendrick) douchey boss at the record label she's working for.

In this film the Bellas actually perform the best final set, whereas in the first film they win the big competition when they probably shouldn't.

Also along the same path as the original movie, there are not a lot of realistic scenarios happening. Obviously, a cappella competitions are nothing like this, and there is a lot more focus on practicing harmonies and actual singing--as opposed to dancing and props. As a music major I could go on for an hour, but let's face it--we're not watching this movie for a realistic experience.

But I do find it weird that the entire Barton Bellas group is comprised of seniors who are about to graduate. I mean, don't they recruit underclassmen to keep their legacy alive?

This movie takes elements from the first film and attempts to repeat them here. And in my opinion, they are all improved versions.

Pitch Perfect 2 is predictable, but mostly shies away from the sappy drama that weighs down its predecessor (with the exception of the retreat camp scenes). If you're a fan of the first film and can see past the fact that this ISN'T the first film, this one won't disappoint. Also, if you're like me and played out the old jokes and one-liners, you'll find this one refreshing.

Twizard Rating: 88

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