If you have some spare money lying around and want to go out for a fun movie-night, then please go watch Mad Max: Fury Road (I can’t recommend that movie enough) and steer clear of Pitch Perfect 2. That’s my most honest advice to you guys.
After the Barden Bellas give a horribly disastrous performance at the Kennedy Center for President Obama’s birthday, they are suspended by the Barden University from ever participating in any acappella showcase or competition ever again. In order to redeem themselves the Bellas propose the idea that if they win the World Championships of Acappella, the university will reinstate them. But oh wait, there’s more! No American team has ever won that championship because (and I quote) “That’s because they hate us. THE WHOLE WORLD HATES US!”
My Take on the Movie:
I was and still am a huge fan of the first movie. I’ve seen it 10+ times and know it’s every single scene by heart. “Cups (When I’m Gone)” was the first song I properly sang and recorded with Audacity (not just bathroom-sing-it or car-drive-shout-it) and I’ve loved it ever since (coz I sounded so damn good singing it). Part 1 had so much heart! It had countless sweet, heartfelt and genuinely funny moments, it overflowed with genius witticism and had great character development. But sadly none of that is found in Pitch Perfect 2. NONE OF IT!
I don’t usually compare sequels to their predecessors, but this time I kept thinking about the first part and recalled the sheer beauty of it and I couldn’t keep myself from feeling overly-disappointed by the MESS they’ve created now.
Shallow, Racist, Stereotypical, Fat-phobic Jokes Everywhere!
I know, I know, Pitch Perfect 1 also had a some racist, stereotypical jokes. But they were a few in number and were actually funny because it had a brilliant script. In 2, well it just had really bad writing. Cringe-worthy in fact. Don’t get me wrong, there were a few good jokes here and there but even they couldn’t make me laugh out loud; they just made me blow some air out of my nose.
Let’s see, first off, Fat Amy. Oh for crying out loud why did the whole movie have to rely on her shoulders alone? She was everywhere, in every scene, saying stupid and annoying fat jokes at every chance she got. We get it! You’re fat! It’s funny! Ha ha ha! ENOUGH ALREADY!! She clearly doesn’t know how to act so why she was made the highlight of this film is beyond me.
As for the other unfunny stereotypes: the Hispanic girl who makes weird jokes emphasizing on her tough and cruel life before arriving in the States and her current illegal immigrant status; the hot tall chick’s still the one with a loose character; the gay black woman has nothing to say except her minority status as a gay black woman and her intent to score the hot tall chick; and last but not the least, the Germans are evil -_-
Weak Storyline and No Character Developement Whatsoever
I remember what made the first film so great. The CHARACTERS! Remember how we fell in love with Beca and Jesse’s love story? How much we could relate to all these girls trying to make a name for themselves or just “fit-in”? How these completely different weirdos bond together and build something magical out of their friendship?
Pitch Perfect 2 had no solid storyline. All the main leads had no chemistry together. I couldn’t connect with the new girl they introduced into the Bellas – Emily Junk – who was, I think, intended to be the new Beca of this film? It didn’t work out at all.
Anna Kendrick was the only best thing about this film and she was (almost) nowhere to be found. Wow. She had almost 20 minutes of proper screen-time.
Instead of just focusing on one love story like the first film, the writers decided to include TWO new love stories, both of which were complete disasters. Emily (the new girl) + Benji felt awkward and forced as if their scenes were put in just to fill up some leftover reel. And Fat Amy + Bumper was just *facepalm*… *sigh*… Just no. Although the “We Belong Together” performance on the boat was good, but the rest? Nope.
Forgettable Musical Performances
It is supposed to be this movie filled with awesome jaw-dropping acappella performances of pop songs that the world LOVES! But all of them were uninspiring, forgettable and not FUN as I wished they would’ve been! The riff-off was the one sequence in the entire movie where I said to myself “Hmm this is actually good.”
The songs that were featured throughout the movie were not particularly my favorites. Well they ARE in my phone but they’re not as catchy and “repeatable” as the ones that were featured in PP1. And oh yes, it also felt like PP2 was a 2 hour long promo of Jessie J’s new song “Flashlight” because it came on again and again… and again… and again. It’s a great song, I admit it! But not as great that you have to shove it in into every other scene! Jeez.
And finally, the World Championship! Oohh I had so much high hopes for that! I thought they’re were gonna be so many amazing performances by people of such diverse ethnicities and cross-cultural backgrounds; but all we got was one loud incomprehensible song by an Indian group of whom I couldn’t catch even one word of and one other “Canada’s Got Talent” type performance by a Canadian group.
A thoroughly flawed film, poorly directed, a complete mess, not funny and overall an utter disappointment. You might disagree with me; it can be fun for a lot of people, but I was not entertained because the first movie was just too good and this was NOTHING like that. I wish Pitch Perfect 2 never happened.
Life Lesson Learned:
Not every movie deserves a sequel. They are awesome as stand-alones.
4 out of 10 Potahtos