Rebecca Leighton-Cox

Review: Pitch Perfect 2 “a rare female-centric franchise”

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The sequel to the 2012 a cappella hit was released in cinemas last Friday. The first film grossed an impressive $115m – so a sequel was inevitable.

We are introduced again to the Barden Bellas, who having obviously gained huge success since their first win at Nationals, are now performing in front of President Obama. The film doesn’t suspend the comedy, as it goes into full swing (literally) with Fat Amy (Wilson) performing Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball, encountering a wardrobe malfunction and mooning the whole world, not to mention the President in some twisted, comedy-fuelled accident.

After being suspended from the a capella circuit, the Bellas become underdogs yet again, finding they need to fight to prove themselves to the a cappella world once more as they vow to win the World Championships. This is allegedly an impossible feat as the USA has never won in the history of the competition as “Everyone hates the us.” Another member enters the fold (Steinfield), eager to cement her ‘legacy’ in the a cappella world. However, with tension running high in the Barden Bella’s, and in their friendship group; this proves difficult.

The movie also addresses the fact that the Bellas are getting ready to graduate, or in the case of Chloe (Snow), have long since passed a sensible graduation date, intentionally failing to keep singing with the girls. Leader of the Barden Bellas, Beca (Kendrick) is seen struggling to juggle her determination to make it in the music industry and loyalty to her group.

Beca’s internship distracts her from training to beat the intimidating German a cappella team (Das Sound Machine) in the World Championships. This causes friction with her other team members, as they try to “find their sound” again in order to verify themselves in the World Championships.

The plot line is pretty predictable, as it keeps in trend with their previous film. If it’s not broken, why fix it? However, Pitch Perfect 2 does prove that it’s a rare female-centric franchise. Comedy movies based around females, in most cases, are hard to pull off. But like the movie Bridesmaids, it works. They say a good comedy is established if you laugh at least five times, and I have to say, they were victorious on that front. Particularly the close to the mark politically incorrect comments by John (the US commentator).

But the story also gives a voice to groups whose members have spent their whole lives being targeted because of who they are, be it black, gay, overweight, female, or just deeply uncool. Friendship seems to be a huge theme throughout the movie. If the Spice Girls didn’t give you girl power, then this will do the trick.

Pitch Perfect 2 is an all-too-rare comedy sequel that is arguably better than its predecessor. It’s a teen comedy with a twist, the twist is, it’s actually witty and punny.

In other words, it was neither a-ca-awesome or a-ca-awful, but the one thing it will do is keep you chuckling throughout.

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