The Bellas are back, pitches! In the hilarious sequel to the hugely popular Pitch Perfect, we find the Barden Bellas at the beginning of their senior year of college after winning the national a Capella championships for the third year in a row. When a wardrobe malfunction during their national tour threatens to disband the group, the ever-tenacious Bellas work to restore their reputation by preparing for the World a Capella Championships. In the midst of preparing for the Worlds, the seniors in the group try to balance their time with the Bellas while also preparing for life after college. Lead singer Beca (Anna Kendrick) finds herself in a stressful situation when she tries to balance her new internship at a record label and preparation for the World Championships, and the oldest member, Chloe (Brittany Snow) struggles with letting go of the group and moving on. These are not the only problems presented to the Bellas. Their biggest competition, German a Capella group Das Sound Machine (DSM) shakes their confidence with flashy performances and big sounds. As the World Championships get closer, the singing troupe must unite to find their sound again. Pitch Perfect 2 is all about singing, and the singing doesn’t disappoint. The a Capella performances paired with the choreography gives audience members a memorable experience. There are more musical numbers in this movie than there were in the first, and you can tell that they really put their heart and soul into the sound and visuals of the movie. DSM’s techno songs and sounds were great; the sound quality of the movie was expertly done, making the songs even better. Pitch Perfect 2 is exactly what fans of the first movie would want to see in theaters; all of the characters have returned, and a number of popular songs will make you want to get up and dance. The covers in the movie range from 90s rap hits to country to modern big hits. The mashups that they bring to the table are really great as well. I also thought that the beatboxing was really impressive. Some of the funniest moments came from the cameos — and there are a ton of cameos. From YouTube celebrity, Flula to the Green Bay Packers, these characters will have you laughing throughout the entire movie. The one critique I have for the movie is that they could have done a better job of incorporating the characters’ stories into the movie. Anna Kendrick does a great job as Beca, and I thought that this movie should have focused more on her struggle to move past college into the real world. And Hailee Steinfield’s character, Emily had the potential to add a lot to the storyline as the newcomer to the group. Pitch Perfect 2 is a great movie for a girls’ night out. If you want to laugh and have a good time, round up your girlfriends and head to the nearest theater to checkout this aca-mazing musical comedy. This movie review is brought to you by Studio C! where movies taste better! 1999 Central Park Dr. | Okemos, MI 48864 (517) 381-8100 | studioctheatre.com
Alicia Pilmore is a Communications Specialist at M3 Group and Editor for the Capital Area Women's Lifestyle Magazine. She loves writing, wine tasting and spoiling her cat, Pishi.