Pitch Perfect 2: A Review
Following the success of 2012’s Pitch Perfect it would come as a surprise to no one that a sequel was produced. Luckily Pitch Perfect 2 delivers many laughs, charismatic new characters and a kick-ass soundtrack that should leave few fans disappointed!
As the Barden Bellas prepare to graduate from College their glory days as a celebrated acappella group are thwarted during an embarrassing incident at a live performance that rivals Pitch Perfect’s unforgettable opening. What follows is an amusing montage of television broadcasters discussing the incident that contains many digs at acappella performers and includes a cameo from American chat show host Jimmy Kimmel.
Transitioning neatly from Pitch Perfect that introduced the characters into the new environment of college life, the sequel follows the leads as they try to find their footing in the adult world. Still an aspiring music producer, Beca (Anna Kendrick) gets an internship at a recording studio, a plotline that features an impressive cameo from Kay and Peele star Keegan-Michael as well as portraying an accurate depiction of the trials of attempting to break into your desired career field.
One of the successes of Pitch Perfect 2 is the new faces it brings to its cast. This includes Hailee Steinfield, who rose to fame in 2010 for her Oscar nominated performance in True Grit, who here stars as an ambitious fresher who dreams of following in her mother’s musical footsteps. Steinfield brilliantly captures the awkwardness and enthusiasm of a hopeful teen eager to be a part of the cool gang. She is joined by Birgitte Hjort Sorensen, who avoids the pitfalls of the comedy antagonist by keeping her character edgy and charismatic whilst featuring many amusing confrontations with the heroine, Beca.
However, the film is not without fault. Whilst I appreciated how Beca and Jesse’s (Skylar Astin) romance is sidelined in favour of new characters and plotlines I think I speak for many fans when I say I was heartbroken by the lack of screen time given to Jesse in the film. Meanwhile, new Barden Bella Flo’s (Chrissie Fit) lines seem as though they are trying too hard to be funny and often come too close to being merely offensive unlike commentator John’s (John Michael Higgins) hilariously politically incorrect musings. Fortunately, the film does contain many more memorable lines from the aforementioned John and his partner in crime, Gail, held up by a brilliant performance by Pitch Perfect 2 producer Elizabeth Banks. It also provides an interesting new story arc for Pitch Perfect’s love-to-hate rival Bumber (Adam DeVine) that is sure to get fans viewing him in a different light as well as featuring a spectacular musical number by Rebel Wilson that instantly earns its place as one of the most hilarious moments of the two films.
After anxiously pondering whether Pitch Perfect 2 would become another unnecessary sequel I am delighted to announce that it retains the charm of its predecessor whilst providing many new hilarious moments and impressive musical numbers.