Flash Movie Review: Pitch Perfect 2

The night was going to be the first of its kind in this part of the country. An amusement park was closing early to host a charity event that a group of us decided to attend. To gain entry into the park you had to have a special wristband; it was weird to see employees of the park usher out those who did not have one of these bands. However, it was a cool feeling to walk around the park with like-minded folks. The weather was perfect with a summer ending temperature accompanied by a gentle breeze. While we were walking around the park speakers that normally played non-descript background music were pumping out dance music. In fact the center outdoor stage was turned into a huge dance floor with spotlights and disco balls. It was such a successful event the park agreed to host another one the following year. Since all of us had a great time, we decided we would get together next year and do it again. The following year’s event was well attended and the weather was even better this time. As we walked around we noticed some of the rides were not available; we could not remember if they were open the first time. I noticed there were fewer restaurants and food kiosks available for us; luckily I ate before we left for the park. All I remember thinking at the time was the event did not have the same fun feel and magic as the first one.    AFTER creating a major embarrassment in front of the President of the United States, the Barden Bellas were banned from performing or auditioning; essentially it would eliminate the a cappella singing group from existence. The only way the women could return to performing was to enter and win an international competition that no American group had ever won. This musical comedy sequel quickly came on strong with its solid singing and dancing performances. Returning cast members like Beca and Amy, played by Anna Kendrick (Into the Woods, The Voices) and Rebel Wilson (Pain & Gain, Bridesmaids), were joined by Hailee Steinfeld (Begin Again, True Grit) as Emily and Birgitte Hjort Sorensen (Borgen, Marie Kroyer) as arch rival Kommissar. There were parts of this film I enjoyed but others seemed forced with cheap humor. In fact I thought several of the jokes were being beaten over our heads and a couple were distasteful in my opinion. Where the first movie was a classic underdog one; this one did not offer the same kind of connection for me. If I was not a fan of the singing portions, I would have been bored after a while. The magic was less compared to the original film. One surprise extra scene in the middle of the ending credits.

 

2 1/2 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on May 18, 2015, in Comedy and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the review. I was going to go see this, but after reading your review I think I will wait until it comes out on Vudu.

  2. My daughter really want to see this. They love Anna Kendrick, so good or bad the theater will get their money.

  3. So much of what’s in the movies and in series now fits your description of “forced with cheap humor” or just plain forced and cheap. Where are the movies that bring out the magic inside us, the movies that bring out the best in our humanity?

    There are scenes in series and movies today that would’ve been considered hard-core porn 20 years ago. Where are the movies that actually tell a story, that make you feel as if you’re right there with the characters instead of peeking through windows at things that have no meaning or merit?

    Sorry about the mini-rant. It just seems that you have a unique perspective and understand the frustration.

    • Please there is no reason for you to apologize for anything. I agree with you; in my opinion I feel it is marketing that has killed or maybe a better way to express it, has dented creativity. If something works then everyone wants to replicate it, assuming there can’t be another way to create magic. If you scan through my reviews you will notice there are very few 4 star movies. Thank you for stopping by to leave your comments; I appreciate it.

      • I do notice, and appreciate, your insights on movies. I still remember going to the theaters in the late 1960’s and into the mid 1970’s and wishing there was something worth going to see. Sometimes I think good movies come in waves.

  4. while it was watchable i cant say it was really good. it was dragged out and the jokes were obvious.. much rathered the first one it felt less forced and more interaction .. this was kind of like loads of ppl wanted cameos so they had loads guests. still it was a laugh.. ill go see anything for popcorn 🙂

  5. I watched the first movie (on the small screen) with low expectations and found myself pleasantly surprised. I wonder if it was that factor that perhaps propelled the first movie to be a “sleeper hit” and subsequently a sequel cash cow. That’s not always the best motivation when it comes to making a solid sequel. There has to be a hook in the story to make it worth revisiting – which is why Empire Strikes Back, Godfather II and Toy Story 2 are the best sequels. It seems like this is too much “more of the same” and therefore not as engaging as the ideas and characters are no longer fresh. I enjoyed the characters and singing so I will probably see this sequel but only once it’s free on the small screen (not that I can see it in the cinema anyway since it’s not a kid-friendly film).

  6. I was only modestly impressed with the first one, so not that interested in #2 (though I do like Anna Kendrick). But I’m very impressed with how this estrogenic ditty blew away testosterone riddled Mad Max at the box office, despite it’s (surprisingly) good reviews and massive advertising!

    • Like you Mitch, I was stunned this film took the #1 spot this past weekend. Especially when you see my review tonight of Mad Max: Fury Road. However, I think Pitch Perfect brought out a lot of young girls (based on my experience at the theater) and their mothers. Thanks for the comments, I appreciate it.

  7. I watched this movie last night so thought I would revisit your review. You were spot on as ever. I had enjoyed the first movie more than I anticipated but I felt like I wasted two hours of my life watching this sequel. It was a case of the film makers thinking they could coast on just the likability and familiarity of the characters and the engaging musical numbers without scaffolding both onto an interesting or compelling plot. There were actually way too many plot points and additional but redundant characters for there to be any focus. It was flabby and the jokes fell flat. I hope they don’t aim for a third movie.

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