Honestly I was a little hesitant walking in to this film. Like everyone else in 2012, I adored the first movie. It was fun, it was cute, and it was pretty catchy. I remember having a staff meeting/pot luck where we all sat and ate while watching Pitch Perfect. And then Pitch Perfect 2 came out with its raunchy qualities and below average jokes. I remember cringing in the theater multiple times after hearing a few of the announcers “off-color” remarks. So my expectations were pretty low walking in.
I was pleasantly surprised within the first five minutes of the movie. The story is pretty lacking if I’m being honest but it was entertaining nonetheless. We open on a very Taken-esque scene with the Bellas singing on a boat and then escaping and giant explosions ensue. Although it didn’t make much sense at the time, it was actually funny. We then begin to see that life after college isn’t as pleasant as the Bella’s would imagine. Rebel Wilson reprising her role as Fat Amy was great. They really toned her character back down from the second film, if you could ever claim Fat Amy to be ‘calm’ in the first place, that made her much more bearable. The audience gets to see a lot more of Fat Amy’s story and where she comes from. You start to understand her extravagant ways and sympathize with her. My favorite scene in the entire film has to be Fat Amy’s fight scene. I couldn’t help but chuckle while she was on the screen beating up the Bellas captors with Black Widow like precision. An honorable mention goes to the final performance of the film, of course.
It seems that the Pitch Perfect crew returned to the winning recipe that created the first film. This movie was exactly what it was supposed to be: a fun, silly conclusion to an interesting franchise. If you like some action, a little singing, and a heartwarming conclusion, this is definitely the film for you.