MOVIE REVIEW: PITCH PERFECT (2012)Posted: May 16, 2013
Running time: 1 hour, 52 minutes
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Skylar Astin, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow
Director: Jason Moore
When Pitch Perfect hit theaters in fall 2012 I didn’t rush out to see it. It received rave reviews from the critics but I’m always hesitant to watch musicals. I do have some musicals that I enjoy, such as Cats, Sweeney Todd, and Singin’ in the Rain, but since I knew Pitch Perfect would include today’s biggest hits I didn’t want to watch a 2 hour Glee-inspired movie.
I have finally watched it and I enjoyed it! I suppose one downside is that the plot is very predictable. There’s no surprises here and it all ends just as you would expect. However, the music scenes are fun, all of the actors are funny and have distinct personalities, and overall it is very entertaining.
Beca Mitchell (Kendrick) is a reluctant freshman student at Barden University. She wants to move to LA and pursue a career in music, but since her father is a professor at Barden he convinces her to try college for a year. If she gets involved at school and still doesn’t like it, he promises to help her move to LA. Enter the Barden Bellas, an all-girl a capella group led by Aubrey (Camp) and Chloe (Snow).
There’s a funny scene that shows how Beca is officially recruited into the group, and one-by-one the Bellas create a group of misfits: super soft whisperer Lily (Hana Mae Lee) who actually seems a bit disturbed, sex-obsessed Stacie (Alexis Knapp) who has a huge bust-line and shirts that are a bit small, Cynthia-Rose (singer-songwriter Ester Dean) who has amazing vocals and a gambling habit, and lastly Fat Amy (Wilson) who is a fan favorite for obvious reasons -she’s freaking hilarious.
Of course we need to have a love story, so let’s cue Jesse Swanson (Astin) a fellow freshman who develops a crush on Beca. He joins the Bellas’ archnemesis, an all-male a capella group called the Treblemakers. Can they find love even though they are on rival teams? Hm?
All of the songs are performed in fun sequences, and are definitely the highlights of the film. Some of the songs include Rihanna’s ‘Don’t Stop the Music’, Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Since You Been Gone’, and even ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ by Simple Minds gets remixed for the movie.
This is probably a movie that I’ll only watch every once in a while, but it was quite enjoyable. Below, check out Anna Kendrick performing ‘Cups’, which turns out to be one of the most popular scenes from the movie:
Anna on David Letterman:
The official music video (skip to 1:15 if you want to just get to the music):
Did you enjoy Pitch Perfect?