Pitch Perfect 2

"Excellent"

Pitch Perfect 2 Review


In 2012, Pitch Perfect came out of nowhere to become one of the most-loved comedies in recent memory, and the good news is that this sequel matches it with both spiky humour and buoyant music. It would be impossible recreate the surprise of watching the original, but the cast and crew make up for that by kicking everything off with an outrageously rude prologue (complete with the biggest cameo imaginable), and the comedy that follows is relentlessly hilarious.

It's been three years, and the Bellas are now in their final year at university, having won three more a cappella National Championships along the way. Then they're disgraced by a wardrobe malfunction at a triumphant performance for the US President's birthday. Suspended by officials, their only chance to redeem themselves is to win the World Championships in Copenhagen. So Beca (Anna Kendrick) and her sidekicks Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) and Chloe (Brittany Snow) rally the troops to prepare to take on the fearsome reigning champions Das Sound Machine. And there's a new Bella on the team as well: freshman Emily (Hailee Steinfeld), who is dabbling in songwriting.

Along with this central plot, Kay Cannon's script also weaves in a series of side-stories for each of the central cast members involving decisions about the future and romantic entanglements. All of these are a bit feeble, but they add layers of comedy, drama and even some meaning, although there isn't a single surprise along the way. Still, it's consistently amusing, as every line of dialogue has a witty joke in it, and the performances crackle with improvisational silliness that's genuinely infectious. Once again, the seriously gifted Kendrick is effortlessly charismatic as the natural leader of the gang, while the class-clown Wilson steals every scene with her random gags. Steinfeld offers a fresh blast of energy and talent in her role, although the perky Snow is somewhat sidelined this time.

As before, the most memorably outrageous gags come from the commentators Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins, who are more integrated into the plot this time. And a constant stream of big-name cameos gives every scene a proper comedy kick. In her feature directing debut, Banks does a great job keeping the pace brisk and the jokes uninterrupted. As before, a cappella singing is a lot more fun in a battle setting than it is in the Glee-like stage performances, so the film's high point is a hilariously sparky underground singing club. And the way the music is woven into the story makes us want to get up there and sing along with them.


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Pitch Perfect 2

Facts and Figures

Genre: Comedies

Run time: 115 mins

In Theaters: Friday 15th May 2015

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Production compaines: Universal Pictures, Brownstone Productions, Gold Circle Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 72%
Fresh: 29 Rotten: 11

IMDB: 7.2 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: , Jason Moore, ,

Starring: as Beca, as Amy, as Chloe, as Emily, as Lily, Shelley Regner as Ashley, as La mère d'Emily, as Cynthia, as Jessica, as Stacie, as Audrey, as Jesse, as Gail

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