Elizabeth Banks has done what no one else has succeeded in doing: she has made A Capella cool.
The Barden Bellas are back in Banks’ directorial debut Pitch Perfect 2. In the film, the Bellas must sing their way back to the top after national disqualification and humiliation as they compete at the World A Capella Championships. As expected, the music in the movie is phenomenal, sung and arranged well, and brilliantly accompanied by Elizabeth Banks’ great direction. The film also features an original song, Flashlight, which is a highlight of the film.
The storyline is typical of a sequel, occasionally leaning on the jokes and music to do the heavy lifting, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t enjoyable. The international element provides a great antagonist in a capella group DSM, as well as some great scenery for the end of the film. There were a few moments, however, where the audience kind of just had to go with it, but such moments did deliver musical and comic relief, which, after all, is what the film is about. Fat Amy and Bumper’s romance also have us a few laughs and a truly memorable Pat Benatar cover.
Almost all of the original cast is back, with Anna Kendrick leading the Bellas as Beca Mitchell, alongside Brittany Snow as Chloe. Rebel Wilson is an obvious fan favourite as Fat Amy, who even makes a “butt confidence” joke chuckle worthy. But one stand out character for me was Hailee Steinfeld as new girl Emily, a talented, funny freshman who dreams of being a Bella like her mum. Aside from being a fantastic singer, Emily’s loveable awkwardness and cute romance with Benji really makes the film feel new, instead of just a rehash of the original.
Pitch Perfect 2 is definitely bigger than its predecessor; apart from the global plot line, the cast is enormous, with some awesome cameos and roles by people like Barack and Michelle Obama, Snoop Dogg, Keegan-Michael Key, Robin Roberts, the judges of the Voice US and even members of the Green Bay Packers. All because they can.
With its awesome soundtrack, great cast, and brilliant one liners, this film is enjoyable for both girls and guys, and will be stuck in your head for days.
P.S. Also, here is a list of my five favourite films that star the cast of Pitch Perfect 2:
- Into The Woods (Anna Kendrick)
- The Help (Anna Camp)
- Key and Peele (Keegan-Michael Key)
- Begin Again (Hailee Steinfeld)
- Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (Rebel Wilson)