Surprisingly enough Pitch Perfect is based on a book, shocking I know, and a non-fiction at that – WTF? – I can’t imagine reading a book about collegiate a Cappella groups much less watching a movie about it but for those who are interested the book is Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory by Mickey Rapkin. The movie stars Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Anna Camp, Adam Devine, Brittany Snow & Rebel Wilson, and was directed by Jason Moore.
Premise: The Barden Bellas are a collegiate, all-girls a cappella singing group thriving on female pop songs and their perfect looks. After a disastrous failing at last year’s finals, they are forced to regroup. Among the new recruits is freshman Beca, an independent, aspiring DJ with no interest in the college life. But after she meets Jesse, from the rival all-male a cappella group, Beca has a new outlook and takes it upon herself to help the Bellas find their new look and sound and get back into the competition.
Review: The Pitch Perfect plot has every single textbook cliché to make the film a lot worse than what it is but they were smart enough to use them well. Although, there’s a boy who meets a girl it’s not all about the romance, there’s a group who is clearly the underdog but it’s not a pity party, and there’s a type of good guys against bad guys situation but it’s downplayed to the point that they are hardly any bad guys in the film. So what’s left? The music, the competition, the camaraderie, and slightly stereotypical but strong women characters. Add in a dash of over the top comedy and it kinda works.
Pitch Perfect does not take itself too seriously, it’s entertaining with good one-liners and some bad ones. It’s weird to say but the movie has personality, those quirky characters are easy to like and even if you know where it is heading – because it’s that predictable – it is still an enjoyable movie.
If you haven’t seen, check it out and let me know what you think? Are you interested in the sequel?