Pitch Perfect 2 (Review)

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Deep within a pile of blankets, a creature stirs. Suddenly, a yoga pants clad leg juts out from under the covers, exposing a hideous, hooved foot that looks a lot like an UGG boot. The blankets shift further; half-drank Starbucks’ iced macchiato, Apple products and John Green books spill onto the clothes strewn floor. A pale hand thrusts itself upward; grasping a blood red SOLO cup in its talons. “I’ve bought my ticket for the long way round,” proclaims the monster.

They’re Back Pitches!

The Barden Bellas reunited this Friday when “Pitch Perfect 2” was released to much anticipation. It has been two-and-a-half years since Anna Kendrick cup danced her way into our hearts and local radio stations, and we couldn’t be happier that she is back along with the rest of the Bellas. But, the big question is, does “Pitch Perfect 2” measure up to the incredible first movie. That answer is 110 percent YES!

This time around, the sequel is helmed by the incredible Elizabeth Banks and adds some amazing new characters such as Emily (Hailee Steinfeld) and Pieter Krämer (Flula Borg). With Banks at the head and an incredible cast of actors that sing, dance and make us laugh every step of the way, “Pitch Perfect 2” is the fresh air that this style of movie needs.

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The Barden Bellas are faced with a whole new challenge after being banned from collegiate competitions because of a performance in front of the president that exposes a little bit too much down under. To get themselves reinstated, they make a deal that if they win the world championships, they can keep competing. The only thing standing in their way is a leather clad group of very attractive German vocalists known as Das Sound Machine.

One thing that the first movie delivered on is the laughs and this movie hits the comedy mark every single time! From a dramatically hysterical scene where Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) is rowing across a lake singing “We Belong” by Pat Benatar, to the entire sequence at the Bellas’ retreat, this movie had the entire crowd roaring with laughter. I like to think that I have a very good sense of humor but for some reason, I hate seeing comedies because I think they are stupid and unoriginal. This movie however, made me laugh so much, my jaw hurt. Also, as evidence from the girl in the audience who clapped every time she laughed, they was a lot of clapping.

The laughs are great but obviously people come to see this movie for the music. After the soundtrack for the first movie became a huge hit, it seemed unlikely that this one would be able to replicate that magic. Again, they proved me wrong and delivered some of the best musical moments in the series yet. From the opening sequence with Rebel Wilson’s character hangs from silks singing “Wrecking Ball” to the simplistic, but beautiful original number at the end of the movie – everything was flawless!

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One moment that almost caused hysteria was the moment when they all started singing the “Cups” song. An audible gasp, and chatter was heard throughout the theater as the sound of smacking hands resounded. It was a moment that I knew was coming, but was entirely unprepared for.

I would like to take this moment to express how perfect Anna Kendrick is. If you don’t follow her on Twitter (what’s wrong with you!) you may have missed the fact that Kendrick pretty much plays herself in the “Pitch Perfect” series. Her natural humor shines through in this movie and she proves once again that she was born to perform. Anna Kendrick is a national treasure and must be protected at all costs.

Side note that has nothing to do with the movie, but with the audience that I watched this movie with. The opening of this review reflects a living, breathing stereotype that dragged their boyfriends in to see this movie. Obviously this doesn’t mean to generalize all people that see this movie as “white girls”; you know the girls who’s life force is sustained by drinking sugary Starbucks nectar and owning 27 pairs of yoga pants.

I pray that no one gets a crowd like the one I had because they were rude and completely ignored common movie theater etiquette. Curse the day that Apple made the strobe light notification on their phones. I digress.

Overall, this movie was an extremely enjoyable affair and I pray that Elizabeth Banks will be back to direct more of these movies!

4.5 Rating

‘Pitch Perfect 2′ arrived in theaters May 15, 2015 and stars Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Elizabeth Banks, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam DeVine, Ben Platt, Flula Borg, Anna Camp, Skylar Astin, Ester Dean and Katey Sagal. The film is directed by Elizabeth Banks.

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