The Mickey Rapkin’s “Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory” characters are back in the sequel to the 2012 Pitch Perfect film. The movie saw the return of the original cast, among which Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Skylar Astin, Brittany Snow & Adam Devine, with the addition of Hailee Steinfeld, Katey Sagal, Birgitte Hjort Sorensen & Flula Borg. This time around Elizabeth Banks helmed the film, making Pitch Perfect 2 her first feature film.
Premise: After a humiliating command performance at Lincoln Center, the Barden Bellas enter an international competition that no American group has ever won in order to regain their status and right to perform.
Review: Same recipe, a big mess is made at the beginning and then it’s the road to redemption. Pitch Perfect 2 is not as subtle as the first one, I mean pretty much everything was heightened, Rebel Wilson had more jokes, the weird characters are even weirder. The film was so so weird, at one point I was asking myself if I outgrew Pitch Perfect. Seriously I couldn’t believe what I was seeing because it was quite a step down from the first one, which I still like.
I find a few things to like in the movie, Anna Kendrick’s storyline was quite interesting, it was actually one of the few that showed some sort of evolution of her character. The others were basically a spoof version of themselves – that’s saying a lot because Pitch Perfect 2 is a comedy after all. The music was catchy, really OK for the most part, and the battle scene was arguably the best one in the movie, more so than the finale performance. The finale was kinda sweet but that’s all it was.
Anyway the movie was a bit of a mess, funny at times but a disappointment for me, it barely gets a passing grade. Pitch Perfect 2 did you see? What did you think?