By Jessica Curtis
The Bellas are back in “Pitch Perfect 2,” the hilarious and much anticipated sequel to 2012’s “Pitch Perfect.” Though it may not have had the benefit of the first film’s originality, the sequel stands on its own with mesmerizing and, at times, slightly uncomfortable performances, and is full of great humor and heart.
Those that are fans of the first movie will be happy to see all their favorite nerds back on the big screen and singing in action. The story continues three years after the Bellas win their first competition, and the girls are attempting to regain their once proud status after a humiliating performance for the President of the United States (Yes, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama make special guest appearances.)
The only way they can do this is by performing in the World Championship and defeating a seemingly unbeatable team from Germany. The girls must come together for their final hurrah as a team ” most of them are set to graduate.
Everyone’s favorite couples are back. Beca (Anna Kendrick) and Jesse (Skylar Astin) are continuing their relationship where the first film left off. Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) and Bumper (Adam DeVine) heat things up with an extremely awkward romance. We also see sparks fly for the adorkable Benji (Ben Platt) and the newest member of the Bellas, Emily (Hailee Steinfeld).
There are a few more comedic additions to the film, such as new Bella member Flo (Chrissie Fit), and special appearances by actor David Cross and a few of the Green Bay Packers, who put on an unforgettable a cappella performance.
Much of the film is extremely funny, and the chemistry between all the characters seems very natural. It’s like you’re going to see old friends perform for the last time.
The singing and dance numbers in the film have developed and surpassed much of what we saw in the first movie. From the start, it is clear that the Bellas are no longer a small time a cappella group but matured professionals.
The final performance alone sends a message that anything really is possible when you are willing to put in the effort.
What is also refreshing about this film is the focus on the uncertainty of the future, especially for college students. We get to see the fears the girls have about moving forward and away from the family the Bellas established. The film is a nice reminder of living in the moment and not forgetting to pursue your passions in life.
While the film is clearly a comedy, “Pitch Perfect 2” created characters many of us could relate to and reminds us the importance of seizing opportunities and moments we may never have again.
I highly recommend this film, Anyone that enjoys comedy and singing won’t be able to resist its charms.
“Pitch Perfect 2” is rated PG-13 for innuendo and language.
“Pitch Perfect 2” is in theaters now.
4.5 stars (out of 5)
Courtesy Universal Pictures
‘Pitch Perfect 2’
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