Just so people know, I love stories about music. What caused this? I’m not entirely sure. It could be because I devoured Disney movies when I was a child, listened to hours of Andrew Lloyd Webber, or the fact that my mother was a music teacher. Who knows for sure, but whether it’s Nodame Cantabile, Crazy Heart, or Grease, wrap a good story around music and I’m sold. So with my bias very clearly out in the open, let’s get on with the review.
Pitch Perfect is the story of Beca (Anna Kendrick), a freshman who’s stuck at University because her academic father wants her to get a formal education. She wants nothing more than to head to LA and start working at a record label, in the hope that one day she can rise through the ranks and get her music on the air. Her father asks her to give college one year, and if she still wants to go to LA at the end of the year, he’ll help her out. She agrees to stay and soon finds herself drawn into the intensely competitive world of a capella at Barden University.
Pitch Perfect is incredibly predictable. You can see the plot twists coming from a mile away, particularly when it comes to the romantic elements. Thankfully, narrative strength isn’t the reason most people go to watch a movie like this. What’s the main reason why people would go see a movie like this? The music.
This isn’t a musical, so don’t expect characters to suddenly burst into song when their emotions become too much to bear. The music is all contextual, whether it’s a practice session, an a cappella throw down, or a regional competition. Having said that, the music is awesome. So music movie fans, you can stop reading now and go watch this. For everyone else, keep on reading.
The performances are all above par, even if some of the characters are borderline stereotypes. Anna Camp manages to capture snobby ultra-competitive Aubrey perfectly. Brittany Snow, as Chloe, comes across as a great balance between Aubrey and Beca. Anna Kendrick plays Beca, and while I’m not going to say her character is amazing and full of depth, you can’t help but like her, and her performance of the rebellious alt girl Beca is pretty damn good. I’ve seen Anna Kendrick popping up in supporting roles in a fair share of movies and it’s great to see someone give her a lead role. She’s always been a good actress and she deserves more than Twilight (I had no clue she was even in Twilight until I looked up her past roles on IMDB). It’s a bit of a shame that some of the other girls just seem to be there are stereotype filler, but it’s not enough of a reason to not watch this movie.
Another reason to go watch this movie is that is pretty funny. It’s kind of raunchy, and also goes for a bit of gross out humour. Don’t expect the same level of hilarity as say 21 Jump Street, but it’s enough to keep you attention while you wait for the next awesome music scene.
Movie Rating: Pitch Perfect is definitely not going to win any awards for originality, but the humour and excellent music, as well as the charismatic Anna Kendrick, will keep you glued to your seat from start to finish.