As fun as this movie is, there are moments when it’s just aca-awkward.
Pitch Perfect 2 continues the story of Beca and the Barden Bellas, the all-female acapella group who took the American nationals title in the first movie. The Barden Bellas have an unfortunate accident in front of the President and find themselves on the verge of being disbanded, unless they can somehow take the World title away from the German acapella group, Das Sound Machine.
- Some really great humour
- The music is again fantastic (I got goosebumps in a couple of the musical numbers)
- Keegan-Michael Key as… Beca’s boss (seriously though, even though the guy doesn’t have a name he was great)
- They actually manage to one-up the riff off scene from the first movie
- Moves the story forward with all the characters being at the end of their college degrees, and probably the end of their time as Barden Bellas
- Too many sub-plots dilute the focus of the movie
- Damn, that sh#% is racist! Some of the jokes weren’t funny or could be seen as flat out offensive
The original Pitch Perfect was a movie I saw alone because I had nothing better to do. I watched it again in the cinema because that’s how awesome it was. It managed to get the right balance of humour, music, and story to create an immensely appealing (even if it was at times really immature) musical comedy. Unfortunately, as great as the music is in Pitch Perfect 2, the story and humour are undoubtedly not as good as the first film.
The first film actually had quite a simple plot, and it stuck to it. Pitch Perfect 2 tries to up its game in the story department, but it doesn’t exactly work. I really can’t help but shake this feeling that they had a more complicated story that they had to trim down (there are certain events that just come out of left field towards the end of the film that lay some credence to this idea). The film also bounces around a bit between characters, so it often feels like it lacks the focus the first film had simply because the first film was very clearly focused on Beca.
There’s not much to say about the humour except that when the jokes hit home, they’re great. Unfortunately, when they don’t, they’re at best not funny, or at worst distasteful.
Overall, Pitch Perfect 2 is a fun movie, but it’s not as good as the first one.
As a side note, I really wish we had sing-along movies. There were some moments when a lot of people in the cinema just wanted to start singing along (myself included) but unfortunately that’s not a thing you do at the movies…