Pitch Perfect was never meant to be a hit. It hitched a ride with television’s mega hit Glee and was supposed to be one of those movies only teenage girls cared about. Obviously some sassy chicks who can carry a perky tune…..and deliver a side order of snark…. was just what the world wanted. And a sleeper hit was born.
So …… can lightning strike twice?
You bet it can!
After an hilariously embarrassing performance at Lincoln Centre, in front of none other than The President of the United States, the Bella’s are cast out from the Aca-world and look set to fade into a humiliating oblivion. But a loophole in the rules sees them vying for the title of World Champions where they hope to redeem themselves and their legacy.
All the girls are back and this time they are a tight, bonded unit. This proves to be the heart and soul of the movie. Everything they do, they do for each other and how can you not love that? We already know the characters and here they are fleshed out just enough to be interesting yet not enough that the ensemble feel of the movie is lost.
The plot doesn’t stray too far from the original because if it ain’t broke …… and this is just perfect for this little gem of a movie. There are a few surprises along the way that will have you grinning and laughing and cheering the girls on.
The introduction of the Bella’s nemesis, the German Sound Machine, provides some funny moments. The German’s are good-naturedly stereotyped to just this side of outrageous and the interactions between the gigantic, vaguely menacing and oh so camp Pieter (Borg), Beca (Kendrick) and Fat Amy (Wilson) are definite highlights.
Kendrick is still the movie’s lead but Wilson owns it. Baring a few clunky moments, Fat Amy is eye wateringly funny. Possessed of a confidence I’m sure many of us envy, this girl can do no wrong. From her snarky asides about being an Aussie to her bemused reactions to Bumper’s (DeVine) continued wooing of Amy, Wilson hardly misses a beat.
In her Directorial debut, Elizabeth Banks ( yeah I know, right!) manages to deliver a bold, sassy, fun and funny sequel that had every chance of failure but instead just pitch slaps the nay sayers. We Aussies were lucky enough to see it first and if audience reactions of cheering and applause at the end, as well as sold out sessions day after day are anything to go by, I think these girls will, indeed, rule the world.
Oh and don’t leave before the credits are done……just sayin 😉
3 and 3/4 stars
Love Flick xx
Director : Elizabeth Banks
Starring : Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Elizabeth Banks, Alexis Knapp, Brittany Snow, Katey Sagal, Anna Camp, Hana Mae Lee, Skyler Astin, Adam DeVine, Ben Platt, Ester Dean, Flula Borg, Birgitte Hjort Sorensen
Running Time : 115 minutes
Release Date : 7 May 2015