Beca, a college Freshman, is cajoled (read: bullied) into joining The Barden Bellas; an all girl acapella singing group. While Beca injects some much needed energy into the group, she unwittingly starts a rivalry with a fellow Bella, and the male group – The Treblemakers – becomes the least of her troubles.
Shown at Movie Fest in August, Pitch Perfect was a fantastic surprise film. Anna Kendrick shows us, once again, that she can take on almost any subject as she plays a cool, aloof Freshman who wants nothing to do with the silly cliques at her school. Her father, however, has different ideas. Anna Kendrick may not have a whole lot of room to grow in Pitch Perfect, but that is not the point of the film. Kendrick is fun and relatable, and she holds the ensemble together.
Rebel Wilson plays another inappropriate character, but she does it well and is actually rather amusing this time out – let’s just try and forget that she was in A Few Best Men, shall we? – Brittany Snow and Anna Camp up the perfection levels of the film as their characters refuse to even have a glimmer of a flaw throughout most of the film. Hilarity ensues, naturally.
Hana Mae Lee gets the funniest lines of the film, when she can be heard, and her overly shy, wide-eyed character is a joy to watch. Adam DeVine plays a very similar role to the one he plays in Workaholics, but his overt obnoxiousness works well when contrasted against the girls’ sly bitchiness. John Michael Higgins, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Faison and Christopher Mintz-Plasse have great cameos throughout the film.
Pitch Perfect is not a new idea by any stretch of the imagination. TV is drowning in shows that celebrate the joy of acapella singing, but Pitch Perfect is brilliantly entertaining. The story is one we have seen before – fish out of water finds friends in unexpected place – but it is done with such charm, fun and hilarity, that this is easy to overlook. Pitch Perfect feels like a combination of Mean Girls and Glee via Drop Dead Gorgeous – minus the murders – but it works rather well.
Director Jason Moore managed to balance comedy and the human relationships in the film to hit the notes (Sorry!) that Bridesmaids never did. Yes, there are similarities here, but Moore created characters that the audience can see themselves in and gave them fantastically funny throwaway lines that coaxed unexpected laughter from the audience.
Pitch Perfect may not hit all the high notes however; it feels incredibly familiar in parts and the story is rather predictable, but it is also fantastically funny, slightly gross and contains some great songs. Anna Kendrick singing Titanium in the shower? Sold.