Movie Review: Pitch Perfect 2
by Gloria Han
Class of 2016
Back in 2012, after the first movie had hit theaters, Pitch Perfect was all the rage. I couldn’t go anywhere without hearing a Fat Amy quote (“I’ve just been shot!” or “Horizontal running”), or a rendition of the infamous cup song. And to be honest, I grew a little tired of it. I started to feel that maybe, just maybe, Pitch Perfect was a little overrated. After all, there are only so many times you can attempt a “riff-off” before it feels repetitive. Anyhow, I had somewhat low expectations for the movie, and I was pleasantly surprised when Pitch Perfect 2 surpassed them.
Pitch Perfect 2 marks the return of the Barden Bellas, most of whom are now in their senior year. The opening scene starts off with a performance by the a cappella group for President Obama’s birthday, which proceeds quite nicely–until Fat Amy’s outfit rips onstage while she’s swung upside down, and her bare lower-half is exposed to the world. As a result, the three-time national champions are sentenced to suspension. However, the Barden Bellas are able to make a deal with acapella commentators John and Gail, so that their suspension will be revoked if they win the A-cappella World Championships. Unfortunately, no American team has ever won before, and their chances look slim.
Pitch Perfect 2 is executed in a hilarious, light-hearted, and thoroughly entertaining manner throughout the whole movie. Viewers can credit this to the commendable cast, screenplay writer Kay Cannon, and director Elizabeth Banks, who also stars as Gail. The songs are once again covered very satisfyingly, and there is even an entrance of an original song, penned by character Emily Junk, a freshman Barden Bella. Fat Amy is as funny as ever, especially in her scenes with Bumper, her love interest. I also enjoyed Becca’s uncontrollable fangirling for Kommissar, the co-leader of the Das Sound Machine a cappella group. There are also an impressive number of celebrity cameos, including Snoop Dogg, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, David Cross, etc. Particularly enjoyable ones included several members of the Green Bay Packers, who performed Beyonce’s “Bootylicious” and Keegan-Michael Key as Becca’s boss.
The only issues I had with Pitch Perfect 2 are its underutilization of the cast. Despite being a main cast member of the first film, Skylar Astin, who plays female protagonist Becca’s boyfriend, had a small supporting this time around. There are also about three Barden Bella members who had a very insignificant number of lines. Nevertheless, Pitch Perfect 2 is a movie that teenagers and up will particularly appreciate and enjoy. I can’t say whether this sequel will be as popular as the first film, but it’s likely to not disappoint, in the very least.