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Movie review: Pitch Perfect 2

Ros Hull

The Barden University Bellas have won three national a cappella titles when they are banned from performing after a scandal. As they struggle to balance the pressures of musical domination with senior angst, it will take the power of sisterhood to find their voice and see what it takes to be the world’s top pitches.

Seriously, that title is a gift that just keeps giving – from the final line above to the ‘backs-to-camera’ poster with the tagline ‘We’re Back Pitches’ to the other poster where every member of the Bellas is giving classic ‘resting pitch face’ to the camera.

So, now that I have gotten that out of my system, let’s get down to the movie itself. No, wait – there’s more. I saw this on Mother’s Day with my older daughter (hey Jess) and a couple of hundred of our closest friends. The cinema was packed.

I don’t think management, who were also showing The Sound of Music, with afternoon tea, had any idea just how popular the first film was and therefore how many would be at the screening. Mums brought their kids, their own mothers and even their grandmothers and we all had a very good time.

I am not saying this is the answer to world peace but it does show that girls (no matter what their age) just want to have fun. But we knew that.

Yes, it is the ‘S’ word (sequel) and no, it doesn’t really break any new ground, it’s more of the same but frankly, it works. So why mess with a winning formula? It is funny, really funny – in a way that doesn’t take any effort from the audience. There isn’t any gross out sequence like there was in the first but Fat Amy and Lily’s one-liners are just as subversive.

Did I say no new ground? I may have to rethink that … having the fat girl and the obnoxious has-been as the central love story … not sure I’ve seen that before. Everyone in the cast is good but it is Rebel Wilson’s movie (just don’t tell the other girls that). She sings We Belong to the Night as she paddles a tinny across a lake and it is one of the best sequences in the film.

Newbie, Hailee Steinfeld, has good presence and sweeps through the story like a breath of fresh air. Anna Kendrick’s character has a great riff on the attractions of the enemy and some good scenes as she tries to break into music production.

Said enemy, a highly skilled and erm, robust German group are great performers and hil-ar-ious at sledging. The lead pair could have their own spinoff.

Still, they are nothing compared to the ad-libbed, claws out commentary of John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks (watch her hairstyles too). They are great together and I would love to see the out-takes of their scenes. Extra snaps to Elizabeth Banks who put forward the idea for the first film and was one of the producers. She again produces but this time also directs. And the result is not only worth the price of a ticket but it passes the Bechdel test with flying colours.

Go Bellas!

Ros Hull

Ros saw Star Wars and immediately wanted to fly the Millenium Falcon. Unable to do that she became a Jill-of-all-trades as her army husband whirled her around the world – and back to Canberra 10 years ago. She has worked in public programs and museum education ever since. She gained an MA in writing whilst getting two daughters through high school - both are now at university and undeniably fabulous (according to her). She can worry as an Olympic sport so she sees lots of movies instead. More about the Author

  • Michelle B

    I finally saw this tonight and I LOVED it! I want to watch it again right now! Everyone in the cinema came out smiling. Elizabeth Banks’ hair at the Worlds was incredible. I read just then that Anna Kendrick ad libbed all her ‘comebacks’ to the German girl, they were so funny!

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