IHGB Movie Review: ‘Pitch Perfect 2’
Pitch Perfect 2
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow and Elizabeth Banks
The Barden Bellas are back people. Grab your Madonna mic and prepare for a global riff off.
- Anna Kendrick is my spirit animal. I love her.
- Rebel Wilson is HILARIOUS. Her interactions with Bumper are highly entertaining.
- Yes, there is another riff off, and YES, it is almost as life-changing as the first.
- German people are sometimes hard to understand when they are singing with such heavy accents.
- The main German dude looks good in mesh. His real name is Flula Borg. This makes me happy on so many levels.
- What do you get when you mix Snoop Dogg and Christmas carols? You get magic. Pure magic.
- Critics are saying that the song “Flashlight” is the new “Cups.” I disagree.
- Prepare yourself for very little Treblemakers screen time. This was one of the most disappointing realities of the movie for me. Jessie and Benji are barely featured.
- There’s a new girl named Emily (played by Hayley Stanfield) who is the new Beca. She’s lovely, but I’m not sure she could carry a franchise by herself, should Elizabeth Banks choose to make Pitch Perfect 3.
- I highly doubt Elizabeth Banks would dare make a trilogy without Anna and Rebel.
- There’s another new girl named Flo who is ridiculously funny. Sadly, every single one of her jokes falls under racial stereotyping. I’m not sure why this surprised me so much. The entire supporting cast wrestles with the same dialog. There’s the gay girl, the fat girl, the trampy girl, the dumb girl and the quiet Asian. With that said, there’s a palpable “girl power” feel to the unity of the group that makes me forget the labels. I want the Bellas to succeed both as a group and individually.
- That girl power vibe probably has little to do with the iconic Beyonce anthem “Run the World (Girls)” intro to the Bellas’ set at the world showcase finale. Please read that sentence sarcastically.
- I have four words for you: Green Bay Packers singing. That should have you running to secure your ticket right now.
Manage your expectations. It’s just shy of being as great as the original, but you will enjoy yourself immensely. You’ll appreciate the story, maybe a little more than the music. But let’s face it—you’ll download at least six of the 18 available songs. Then you’ll realize that it will only cost you a few more bucks just to go ahead and buy the entire album. And it will grow on you like moss on a wet rock.
Clearly I speak from experience.