Pitch Perfect became the sleeper hit of 2012. It had the laughs, the charm, the songs I’m familiar with, and it made me have a big crush on Anna Kendrick. It also gained the popularity of a cappella. The sequel, Pitch Perfect 2, might not be better than the first, but it’s just as aca-fun. Who cares if these movies are formulaic as hell?
Beca Mitchell (Anna Kendrick) helped the Barden Bellas win their first national a cappella title. The medley including Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” from The Breakfast Club made her win Jesse’s (Skylar Astin) heart. After a humiliating performance in Washington, D.C., the Bellas try to redeem themselves when they enter an international a cappella competition in Copenhagen, which no American group has ever won. Emily Junk (Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit)–I know, silly name–a Barden freshman becomes the new member of the Bellas, following the footsteps of her mother (Katey Sagal), who used to be a Bella years ago. While working as an intern at a record label, Beca steps up her game when she, along with Fat Amy (the scene-stealing Rebel Wilson), Chloe (Brittany Snow), and the others, compete with other groups from all over the world.
Star Elizabeth Banks directs the sequel with fun results. Featuring amusing cameos including the Green Bay Packers and Pentatonix, well-choreographed musical numbers, jokes that are mostly a hit, but a miss at times, and a touching finale, Pitch Perfect 2 is a show you don’t want to miss, only if you enjoyed the first film.
I have a sense that Anna Kendrick is going to hit Broadway. Not only is she adorable, she has an astounding voice.