Release Date: 20 April 2015 (USA)
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Adam Devine, Skylar Astin
Running Time: 1h 55 min
The Barden Bellas are back. And this time they’re better than ever – until they perform for the Obamas, and it all goes disastrously wrong. The Bellas are stripped of their National Acapella Championship title, as well as their Championship Tour, and are left the laughing stock of the Acapella circuit. Their places are taken by the European Acapella Champions, and the girls aren’t happy. But despite their embarrassment, they’re not banned from entering the World Championships, so the Bellas sign themselves up, and in their words, they’re “Going to Copenhaaaaaaagen!”
While the Bellas deal with their Aca-tragedy, a new freshman legacy, Emily, performs an original song for the Bellas in an attempt to join their group. Although they are banned from auditioning new Bellas, she came to her. And she’s a legacy, so they can’t refuse, can they?
As the Bellas prepare for the World Championships, lead Bella, Becca, takes up an internship at a recording studio in pursuit of her dreams as a music producer. The other Bellas begin to notice her absence and take them all on a bonding retreat where they finally find their sound again.
However, after meeting their incredibly talented, yet equally intimidating European rivals, Das Sound Machine, the Bellas worry their performance at Worlds won’t be enough – especially as no American team has ever won before. Nevertheless, they put their heart and soul into their final performance and do something no other Acapella group has ever done before. They perform Emily’s original song with previous generations of Bellas, and once again, they bring the house down.
There’s only one word to sum up Pitch Perfect 2 – Aca-Awesome. With any sequel, we always look to the previous movie to compare. And although Pitch Perfect 2 was slightly more calculated and structured (which isn’t always a good thing) than the original Pitch Perfect, it was still full of light-hearted humor, sing-along songs, girl-power and a whole load of fun.
One of the most entertaining aspects about this movie is that it doesn’t try and copy anyone else, and it doesn’t try and fit into one genre. The musical talent, the singing, and the dancing are synonymous with a musical – yet it’s not a musical. The love story between Bumper and Fat Amy is like a Rom-Com – but Pitch Perfect 2 isn’t a Rom-Com. The whole movie is full to the brim with laugh-out-loud moments (mostly from Fat Amy and the wacky whisperings of the Bella who was born with gills of a fish and loves to set fire to things) – but it isn’t a comedy. And the coming-of-age sequence of Becca and her internship is synonymous with the post-college movie. But it’s not that. Instead, it’s everything rolled into one, in a brand new style that we can all get behind.
However, it is fair to say that without its epic cast, Pitch Perfect 2 would not have been as fun, or popular. Rebel Wilson brings her effortless Australian humor, Anna Kendrick brings her annoyingly-brilliant windpipes, Hailee Steinfeld brings her pop-princess personality, and the rest of the Bellas all bring their own unique personalities, likes and dislikes throughout the whole movie. It makes us all want to create our own girl-group so we can be just as powerful as these girls. This is one of the most important messages to come from Pitch Perfect 2. Although people may say it’s ‘only about singing’, these girls stick together. They have each other’s back, and they push each other to be the best you can be. And that is a message that young people in our world need to hear.
All in all… Aca-perfect.