When you live in a tiny country at the bottom of the world, you get quite used to being the last to get all the cool things. This time round though the fairy godmother’s must have been listening, because on May 6 I went to a screening of Pitch Perfect 2 more than a week before it hits the cinemas in the US, so for those of you who just can’t wait, here’s what I thought (*WARNING* I will try my hardest to not pop in any spoilers, but there is no guaranteed, you are now warned.)
If you’re a fan of the first film, then Pitch Perfect 2 will not disappoint. If you didn’t like the first film, I’d still suggest giving it a watch, because it is a bundle of laughs, I feel like I was giggling throughout the whole thing. If I was asked to describe it in one sentence I’d say: ‘Bridesmaids, with more singing,’ but luckily for me, I don’t have to.
The film begins with the Barden Bellas’ singing up a storm at one of their biggest performances to date, President Barrack Obama’s birthday. Unfortunately for them, things don’t quite go to plan, and the unthinkable happens, with what will forever be referred to as the notorious #MuffGate. After becoming a national embarrassment, the girls, armed with a few new members and daughter of a former Bella, Emily (Hailee Steinfeld) are determined to reclaim their status and win the acapella world championships in Copenhagen, but not before beating their talented rivals from Germany, Das Sound Machine.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the film. Rebel Wilson as “Fat Amy,” was hilarious and definitely delivered a winning performance (but when does she not?) and it was nice to see a little bit of depth now and again with some of the characters. We also saw Beca branch out a bit, when she starts interning for a record label. There’s also an appearance by Snoop Dogg (or is it Snoop Lion, I actually can’t keep up), who is trying to record a Christmas album (yeah I know, I thought it was random too). We also get an appearance from the real-life acapella group Pentatonix.
There was also a new nemesis for the Barden Bellas, Das Sound Machine (DSM). I absolutely loved them, they were slightly intimidating, incredibly sassy and also had some “aca-awesome” song arrangements like “Uprising” by Muse mashed with club banger “Tsunami” by DVBBS & Borgeous. Like, how do they do it without instruments?! They looked and sounded insane (in the best possible way). So so talented. I also loved the banter between the Bellas and DSM, especially Beca’s fascination and sexual confusion with the leading lady of DSM played by Birgitte Hjort Sørensen.
And… The Not So Good:
While I thought all the characters brought their own different aspects to the film, I think that at times there were a lot of stereotypical portrayals, for example Cynthia, the lesbian member of the group. A lot of “funny” moments surrounding her character were to do with making her out to be a ‘predator’ to the other girls.
Another thing that bothered me was the fact that in all honesty, I thought DSM were slightly better than the Barden Bellas. Like, I know that the Bellas showed heart in their performance and everything, and don’t get me wrong, they were great, but I think just the intensity that DSM brought was electrifying and pretty mesmerising, but yah know, because the film is about the Bellas, we all know from the get-go who’s going to win, right?
While I’m not sure how strong the plot of the story was and at times it seemed like they might have tried to cram too many laughs into a short space of time, there is no doubt that this was a great, feel-good film. Stand-outs for me were Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hana Mae Lee and just the members of DSM in general. I know musicals aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but this isn’t some spontaneous-I’ll-just-break-into-song-on-the-golf-green-High School Musical affair, they only sing when they need to, and when they do, it’s fab! Don’t let my criticisms put you off, it’s definitely something I’d line up to watch again!
Check out Pitch Perfect 2, out in US and UK cinemas May 15.