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Film Review: Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

The Bellas are back, and they’re funnier and greater than the last time. They’re famous in the world of a cappella, but fame has more downsides in their singing careers after a very embarrassing wardrobe malfunction in front of the President of the United States. And it’s even tougher on Beca (Anna Kendrick) who’s trying to balance saving the Bella’s national status, and an internship at a musical production company; a lead into her dream job.

Directed by Elizabeth Banks, we have been given a hilarious, musical sequel written again by Kay Cannon. Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson are the most well-known stars of this talented cast, and they don’t disappoint for a single second. The whole cast is clearly very talented and gifted in the timing and deliverance of comedy - I can’t say a bad word about any of them.

The screenplay as a whole is incredibly funny. It’s great fun, and there are plenty of gags from Fat Amy (Wilson) that fit so well with her care-free, free-flying persona. Commentators Gail (Banks) and John (John Michael Higgins) have the best lines in my opinion. Their playful back-and-forth banter and quirky pattern makes for the biggest laughs of the film. There are a few places where the character's conversations do appear quiet scripted and unnatural, but I suppose it's not suppose to read entirely realistically.

New-comer to the Pitch Perfect scene is Hailee Steinfeld who plays a new and anticipant member of the Bellas, named Emily. Her character development was something that quite surprised me. I didn’t think it would be quite so noticeable, yet her participation in the group becomes more enthusiastic and brave and obvious that she is fitting right into the group. Steinfeld’s acting seemed a little off-key at times, as her initial cute and quiet persona didn’t quite match up to her new-found confidence. However, I think this may have just been down to a few phrases in the script that didn’t really fit her character.

The main members of the Bellas' opposition, Das Sound Machine, are played by German Birgitte Hjort Sørensen and Flula Borg. They’re brilliantly characterful and quite original. They’re tall and appear to one up the Bellas in a lot of ways. They also make space for some brilliant one-liners from Beca who can’t seem to insult them back without accidentally complimenting them.

A musical wouldn’t be a musical, nor a success, without a catchy soundtrack. Some of the songs are a little forgettable, but others are perfectly placed in the film. Whoever arranged the harmonies deserves an award, they were absolutely wonderful and spine-tingling. The final song ‘Flashlight’ is a cute end number, that gives you goosebumps during their final show.

If you’re looking for a funny, energetic film to leave the cinema with a smile on your face on a gloomy, cloudy day, then this is for you. Especially if you’re a musical fan; it’s a very modern, fun take on the whole thing.

8 out of 10. Hilarious, spritely, fun. Slightly clunky script.

 

Written by April Williams


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