Listen up, Pitches! The Bellas are back and they are singing their hearts out in the sequel to the 2012 surprise hit. The film starts out with our favorite a cappella group being publicly disgraced during a national performance. Humiliated, the Bellas are suspended from performing for the rest of the year, with the exception of the A Cappella World Championship in Copenhagen. The only way to keep their troupe from being disband by the university is to win the competition and prove to the world that the Bellas are still the best. So it’s basically like D2: THE MIGHTY DUCKS of a cappella movies, but that isn’t a bad thing; D2 was awesome, and quite frankly so is this movie.
Much like audiences were surprised by the original, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the sequel. The cast is as funny and on point as ever, the music and choreography is a lot of fun, and it’s one of the few films to come out this year with a primarily female cast. I had so much fun with this film I found my foot was tapping along with the music while I watched the performances, and I left the theater humming with a smile on my face. I really only have three things to say about the things I didn’t like, and honestly, they’re nitpicks at best. First of all, the story is basically the same as the first (hence my comparison to D2: THE MIGHTY DUCKS). Secondly, the story also involves a somewhat contrived aspect of a subplot in which Beca is keeping her internship at a music studio a secret from the rest of the Bellas. The trials and tribulations of any internship in the music industry provides enough drama to be compelling, adding a level of secrecy only makes the story more cliché, not engaging. Luckily the film doesn’t blow this plot point out of proportion, and as I mentioned before this is a nitpick at best. Finally, the film feels just a touch too long. It’s run time is 115 minutes, nearly 2 hours when it easily could have been an hour and a half. However, this is only a few minutes longer than the original, so maybe it’s less of the film being too long and more about me getting old and being less inclined to go to the movie theater in the middle of the week, so even that comment should be taken with a grain of salt.
I will say that if you didn’t like the first one, the sequel probably won’t win you over, but if you liked the first one, or if you haven’t and you’re just looking for a film that’s a lot of toe-tapping fun, PITCH PERFECT 2 is perfectly in tune with what you’re looking for.
What did you think of the film? Does the film have you singing its praises or did you feel like the humor was too off key? Be sure to let us know @TheMovieChickk!
~ Megan Salinas
Follow me on Twitter at: @themenguin