Pitch Perfect Review

I love musicals but not so much musical films…..and I have a problem with Glee but I love Anna Kendrick. I actually went to watch this film very confused about how I wanted to feel. LOL….let’s take a look if my 110 minutes were worth it.

The Plot

Beca (Anna Kendrick) is that girl who’d rather listen to what’s coming out of her headphones than what’s coming out of you. Arriving at her new college, she finds herself not right for any clique but somehow is muscled into one that she never would have picked on her own: alongside mean girls, sweet girls and weird girls whose only thing in common is how good they sound when they sing together, in the new out-loud comedy Pitch Perfect.

When Beca takes this acoustic singing group out of their world of traditional arrangements and perfect harmonies into all-new mash-ups, they fight to climb their way to the top of the cutthroat world of college a cappella. This could wind up either the coolest thing they’ll ever do or the most insane, and it will probably be a little of both.

The Verdict

I went into the cinema expecting something that was along the lines of Glee (which I’m not a huge fan off *Cue wrath of Glee fans). Instead what I got was a very original idea! The movie was always going to be bearable for me even if I didn’t like it, much thanks to the ….hmmmm I not sure what would be the best word to describe her….cute?…yeah let’s say Cute Anna Kendrick. I loved her in Up in the Air, in which she starred alongside George Clooney

Kendrick isn’t the only stand out character in this film, Rebel Wilson stars as Fat Amy – the best voice in Tasmania and she is absolutely hilarious. I’m pretty sure she’s just acting as herself but she is so funny in this movie. She brings a sense of balance to the movie despite her size (LOL) because she’s got a great voice and she sprinkles on the just right amount of humor. She doesn’t over do things.

The tracks chosen are quite current yet with a dash of nostalgia from the likes of tunes like “Don’t you forget about me from Simple Minds” I think what makes this film slightly original is that Beca is quite the DJ with her brand of Mash Ups and that kinda makes the music they put out more interesting and as an audience member, you’d be waiting for the next big performance from the Belles (The only all girl group) just to see what they would bring to the table.

 I suppose the down side to such a film is predictability and there is quite a bit of it, however the variety of character and the humor that comes from them and sometimes at the expense of them makes time fly really quickly and in the end what you get is a very enjoyable film.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Come to think of it, Pitch Perfect is a little like Bring it on meets Hairspray. Certainly a good add to the playlist of awesome November movies so far.

By Elliott Danker

Pitch Perfect opens in cinemas 8 Nov

Images courtesy of United International Pictures Singapore

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