By Daniel Morgan, Advertising Manager
Pitch Perfect 2 is now in theaters, and it is aca-awesome. The entire cast is back in this jamming-packed sequel to one of the most fun movies of the 2010s.
The movie fast-forwards to the Barden Bellas’ senior year as they are defending their International Championship of Collegiate A Capella (ICCA) titles. After an embarrassing, yet hilarious, mishap at the Kennedy Center, the Bellas face possible disbandment.
As they are disqualified from competing in the normal collegiate competitions, the Bellas choose to represent America in the World Championships of A Capella, where “every four years, the best from around the globe compete for world domination.”
No American team has ever won the World Championships, so the Bellas have their work cut out for them. As they face personal struggles, love affairs, and their futures, the Barden Bellas must band together and find their sound again.
This gut-busting film welcomes back the beloved Bella cast members, including Anna Kendrick as Beca, Brittany Snow as Chloe, Ester Dean as Cynthia-Rose, Alexis Knapp as Stacie, Hana Mae Lee as Lilly, and fan-favorite Rebel Wilson as Fat Amy.
The hilarious commentators, John and Gail (John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks), return as well as shorter appearances by Jessie, Benji, Bumper, and Aubrey (Skylar Astin, Ben Platt, Adam DeVine, and Anna Camp).
Banks also stepped up and directed the film, making it her successful directorial debut. Newcomer Flo (Chrissie Fit), a Latina who joined the Bellas prior to Pitch Perfect 2, has some funny one-liners here and there that are blunt and stereotypical of Latino stereotypes (but we all laugh regardless). Freshman Emily (Hailee Steinfeld) is the only Bella recruit allowed this year because of her being a legacy thanks to her mother (Katey Sagal).
Emily’s character is the typical fresh face of a sequel, making her every move extremely predictable. While Emily has singing props and Flo provides some laughs, Fat Amy remains as the comedic genius of Pitch Perfect 2, keeping the audience in stitches throughout the film. She even has a big solo, which deserves a “crushed it.”
Fans of the first movie will not be disappointed. All of the elements that made Pitch Perfect a harmonious success are pumped up even more in this sequel. The aca-mazing riff off is bigger and more mesmerizing than ever as well as the final Bellas performance, which everyone knows will be great anyway.
Pitch Perfect 2 is filled with pitch-slapping arrangements of so many great songs. There are current hits like “Wrecking Ball” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” and timeless hits like “Any Way You Want It,” “Lady Marmalade,” and “Doo Wop (That Thing).” There is tons of music, which is perfect!
As one of the biggest movies of the summer, Pitch Perfect 2 is stocked up with guest appearances. You know it’s going to be a good movie when President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle make a cameo appearance in the very first scene. Snoop Dogg, Pentatonix, and the Green Bay Packers also make cameo appearances among others. Oh yeah, did you know the Packers can sing? Aca-believe it.
The big question: is Pitch Perfect 2 as good as Pitch Perfect? My answer would be a very hesitant no. This is a very good movie with great direction, musical numbers, and comedy gold, but it’s not easy to be compared to the first one. Pitch Perfect 2 is everything we would want it to be and more, but it just slightly lacks in the magic and originality that Pitch Perfect thrived on.
Pitch Perfect 2 is the movie to see right now. After much anticipation, Universal Studios delivered another smash it. Go see it in theaters while you can! And yes, I know what you’re all thinking: it’s time for a Fat Amy spin-off movie. I aca-agree.
You can view the trailer here.