Genre: Comedy, Romance, Music
Directed by: Jason Moore
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson
Aca-scuse me! It’s not just about a show choir.
Despite being horribly put off by the title, I still managed to hear some rumblings about this movie before it came out. Normally I’d have ignored a film with poster ads and trailer that made it seem like a try hard B-movie comedy trying to cash in on that-actress-in-something-you’ve-seen or another twist on the same rom-com in ANOTHER SETTING. But wow! This film was great.
I describe Pitch Perfect the same way I would Crazy, Stupid, Love, in that the film deserves a better title for such a good movie. Much as we’re told not to judge a book by its cover, we judge movies by their titles.
Pitch Perfect is hilarious throughout, in clever and unexpected ways. So many scenes set you up for certain powder-puff sweetness then jackhammer comedic madness that make to do a Taylor Swift surprise face before tearing up with laughter.
The story centres on Beca (Anna Kendrick), who upon arriving at university gets forced by her lecturer father to integrate herself into the school rather than staying a loner. Despite her best efforts she reluctantly accepts a place on one of the Acapella show choir teams, The Belles. I should point out that if you think this is Glee grown-up then you are mistaken, this is not a kid’s film.
The Belles are forced into collecting a rag tag group of new Belles they lose their high profile status in the show choir community. This all female squad of singers have the best range of styles you could hope for, from the expected beauties with good voices and freeness in bed pals, to the genius kind of self-deprecating powerhouses – namely Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids) as self titled Fat Amy.
As you may expect, there is a romantic element to this tale but it’s not forced along like you might think. Beca’s love interest is movie-obsessed Jesse (Skylar Astin). Despite the constant will-they-won’t-they, I actually didn’t want them to get together by the end because it threw the movie off a little. This movie doesn’t take show choir seriously but still manages to do it well. Encouragingly the songs aren’t too frequent and they definitely aren’t what you’d expect.
I highly encourage anyone who enjoys a good comedy movie to go me see this.
P.s. You may find yourself feeling “pitch slapped” per the films tag line, and being okay with it.