Do you know how long I’ve been waiting for a movie about competitive collegiate a capella singing? “Pitch Perfect” is a movie I didn’t know I’d been wanting.
Beca (Anna Kendrick) is a college freshman at Barden University and looking to join a club to appease her father. She joins the Barden Bellas, the school’s only all-female a capella group, whose reputation has taken a bit of a nose dive. She helps round out the rag-tag group of misfits and lead them to nationals.
The plot is a little old and completely predictable but I don’t care. There’s no suspense, you know exactly what’s going to happen but that’s not the point of a movie like this.
You see a movie like this to laugh, have a little fun, and see a killer final routine that wows the judges and wins over the audiences’ hearts. “Pitch Perfect” delivers on all fronts.
Kendrick is a very charming actress and carries the film well. The entire cast does a solid job but pale in comparison to the stand-out performance of Rebel Wilson. I don’t know where this girl came from but she kills in every movie she’s in. She steals every scene and every line is comedic gold.
There’s also some great cameos from Donald Faison, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Elizabeth Banks, and John Michael Higgins. Banks and Higgins, are color commentators for the a capella competitions and two people I’ve never wanted to punch in the face more.
The soundtrack for a film about music has also got to be a knockout. All originality points lost on the storyline are made up for with the covers and remixes. The final performance even pays tribute to one of my favorite 80’s movies, “The Breakfast Club,” and it’s title track “Don’t You” by Simple Minds.
Is “Pitch Perfect” a perfect movie? No. It’s trying really hard to be like “Bridesmaids,” (a movie I really didn’t care for) and not all the jokes always work. But all-in-all I wasn’t disappointed with my time spent watching it.
If you like “Bring It On” or “Stick It” you’ll like this movie too. It’s cute, harmless fun that’s good for a some genuine laughs.
- Pitch Perfect: Back to School Isn’t Usually This Much Fun (entertainment.time.com)
- Top 10 movie sing-a-longs (o.canada.com)
- Non-Review Review: Pitch Perfect (them0vieblog.com)