Acapalla groups in my eyes are the unsung heroes of music today with a talent that is seemingly overshadowed due to the lack of a physical instrument. However, Glee managed to make this prominent in the eyes of the public, bring acapala to the mainstream.
Pitch Perfect surpasses Glee in my eyes, due to it not being typically cheesy as well as it being unexpected. The first movie was a critical success and has gathered a huge following since it’s release with it’s witty dialogue and beautifully composed acapella. The first film had barely any promotion compared to most Hollywood films, making it quite a distinctive success. Pitch Perfect 2 is the directional debut for Elizabeth Banks, who with Pitch Perfect 2 has directed the most profitable music comedy film of all time, beating School of Rock.
Pitch Perfect 2 continues the fun and careless stride that the first film gave off, only with more ambition and less spontaneous vomiting in this sequel. This film picks up after the Bellas win the National acapella competition, Aubrey is sadly no longer with them that makes Beca (Anna Fendrick) the leader of the Bellas. The Bellas have moved on drastically as they all perform for Barrack Obama at the Lincoln Center. It all goes superbly until Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) rips her outfit whilst singing Wrecking Ball, and flashes her vagina at the president accidentally when she swings out of control.
After this, the Bellas are banned from any national tournament, and with some serious thought, they try to take on the world as they are still eligible for it. They recruit legacy member Emily (Hailee Steinfeld) after she performs her song, Flashlight, in front of the Bellas, with Flo(Chrissie Fit) as another new member to acknowledge. They fall into a rivalry when Das Sound Machine are named as their replacements on a tour they were supposed to go on, and then encounter them at a car show to give their rivalry an inspiring spark that’s constantly entertaining throughout the whole film.
As hilarious as the start of the film is, it sounds all strangely familiar when it comes to the plot structure so far. The first film opened up with the classic vomiting scene, damaging the Bellas’ reputation, with Pitch Perfect 2 having the same formula with the nude incident being so much more exaggerated than the vomit. Some of the scenes are slightly predictable, as well as the way the story is going to go as well, but the spontaneous incidents do catch you by suprise in different ways. The rivalries in this film are more entertaining than they are in the first movie, with the Bellas and Das Sound Machine always being fired up and ready to showdown, to me this is the most alluring feature in this film.
The appearances from the singing groups such as Pentatonix will give acapalla hungry Youtubers something to cheer about, along with the enlightning cameo appearance from Snoop Dogg. Mark Mothersbaugh does an absolutely incredible job to the music on this film adding to his CV with The Underdogs once again taking over production roles for the music like they did in the first Pitch Perfect. Birgitte Hjort Sorenson is the highlighting actress in this film as she plays the leader of das Sound Machine, by being beautiful and an absolute bitch at the same time, even if Haliee Steinfeld and Chrissie Fit are refreshing characters, they don’t feel as good to watch. Beca’s character still remains as charming and mysterious as ever, with her Djing from the first film making an impact in this film at her secret radio studio internship, so there’s more than just the tournament showing there’s more that’s changed.
Pitch Perfect 2 does brilliantly to keep the same feel and flow as the previous film, with the acapella songs perfectly up scratch and sounding just as terrific as they do one the first film. The dialogue has quickfire wit and jaw aching one liners coming from all of the Bellas and the well known characters. It keeps all the best qualities of the first film, perhaps it keeps too much from the first film though. The songs are still as addictive as ever and the film mixes it up abit with the music genres that are in this song. This is a strong sequel that is incredibly engrossing and enjoyable, but even with “Muffgate”, it’s not as admirably insane as I thought it would be. I can’t help but compare both Pitch Perfect films as sequels are always either a hit or miss, but the first Pitch Perfect slightly tops it when it comes to my preference out of the two films.
Written by Matthew Clewley