Pitch Perfect 2: Film Review

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I LOVED Pitch Perfect so naturally I was excited for more. While Pitch Perfect 2 was awesome and so much fun, it just didn’t have the same SOMETHING that made me love the first one. It wasn’t quite as funny or as edgy, and I think that’s simply because we saw that all the first time around. On its own, Pitch Perfect 2 was amazing, but in comparison to its predecessor it just isn’t at the same level.

The story picks up about three years from the first one and the Barden Bellas – starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow – are reigning champs, but are then suspended from competing when an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction during a performance in front of the President shames the a capella association. The Bellas will only be reinstated if they win an international championship with tough competition from German team Das Sound Machine.

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This is essentially the same movie, which I was totally happy about. I wanted more after Pitch Perfect and this does that and well. It just doesn’t have the same magic and I can only point to a few things – Kendrick’s character Beca was pretty annoying, the songs weren’t as memorable (though I loved Hailee Steinfeld’s original song Flashlight) and there weren’t quite as many laugh-out-loud moments. I also preferred them competing against The Treblemakers rather than this German crew. But don’t take that to mean it’s bad; it is actually REALLY good and Elizabeth Banks did a great directing job. It’s just not quite to the standard of the original.

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