Pitch Perfect (BluRay) Review
Genre: Comedy, Romantic Comedy
Not so much?
So were you one of those people who thought that Pitch Perfect looked atrocious? You know the trailer with the girl singing in the shower and being accosted by the completely unaware ditz played by Brittany Snow. Yeah, so did I. Actually, I was pretty much dragged to the theater by my younger sister […]
So were you one of those people who thought that Pitch Perfect looked atrocious? You know the trailer with the girl singing in the shower and being accosted by the completely unaware ditz played by Brittany Snow. Yeah, so did I. Actually, I was pretty much dragged to the theater by my younger sister who has a soft spot for silly teen comedies. So I prepared myself, bought some Haribo Gummi Bears, a large soda I hoped wouldn’t cause me to have to leave the theater in the middle of the film and took my seat. Then something happened that hadn’t in a long time; a movie surprised me.
The story is pretty straight forward, Beca (Anna Kendrick) is an offbeat music production student who would rather be in LA paying her dues at a record label then stuck at Barden University where her estranged father teaches. Through a series of mishaps she ends up joining the all female acapella group The Barden Bellas which is comprised of a likeable bunch of outcasts after the Bella’s horrible showing at a national competition the year before scares away any decent new recruits. From there the story runs a pretty predictable route including the eventual success of the Bella’s and the culmination of Beca’s love story with a member of the opposing acapella group in the finale performance.
It was silly, of course it was, it centers around two rival acapella groups for crying out loud. There was plenty of what you’d expect in a teen rom-com; cutesy love story, an array of girls supposed to represent classic cliques, Top 40 hits and even a montage or two. Nevertheless there are also the makings of a classic comedic film, including a pair of irreverently inappropriate judges in the form of Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins.
However the story is not where this film shines. I have two words for you, Rebel Wilson. As Fat Amy, “You call yourself Fat Amy?” “Yeah so twig bitches like you don’t do it behind my back”, Rebel Wilson shines. She is without a doubt the star of this movie. Wilson, who also played Kristen Wiig’s roommate in 2011’s Bridesmaids, has a plethora of amazing laugh out loud lines. It’s reported that she improvised most of her scenes and would go on 20 minute tangents that would have the whole cast and crew in stitches. Which one can only assume is what makes Wilson’s lines seem organic and perfectly timed.
Music is also a large part of this film, though most of the performances feature Top 20 hits, there are also some more thoughtful choices. A highlight being Anna Kendrick’s performance of “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone” by Lulu and the Lampshades complete with the cup routine as well as a nod to “Don’t You Forget About Me” by the Simple Minds made famous in the 80s classic The Breakfast Club. Beca, the film’s protagonist, also creates some amazing mixes of songs that really would have made just as good a soundtrack as the cast performances which made the official album.
For a comedy obviously aimed at an audience of late teen/early twenties women this movie actually has a remarkable crossover audience appeal. I would compare it to Bridesmaids but for a younger audience. It’s refreshing to have more and more female driven comedies being made and overall I believe Pitch Perfect hit on something fresh and interesting while maintaining its marketability to both sexes.
Pitch Perfect will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download on December 18th.
You can see the trailer here.