Director: Trish Sie
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Chrissie Fit, Kelley Jakle, Shelley Regner, Ruby Rose, John Lithgow, John Michael Higgins, Elizabeth Banks
Age Restriction: 13 L V
Runtime: 94 minutes
Release Date: 22 December 2017
The Barden Bellas are back for their last go-round in the third and final Pitch Perfect film. The Bellas' previous musical adventure was a massive box office hit for Universal Pictures, all but making a follow-up inevitable.
The final chapter sees the retired Bellas now adapting to life in the real world, after graduating College at the end of the previous film. However, things aren’t going particularly well for the girls who are struggling to adjust, and are longing for the glory days.
After an emotional reunion of reminiscing, the girls decide to relive the glory days in the name of A capella when an opportunity to perform in the USO Tour – where they will sing for the United States Armed Forces and their families – presents itself.
Overall, Pitch Perfect 3 feels like a desperate attempt for a quick cash grab, as its narrative is nothing short of mediocre.
The second film perfectly wrapped up the Bellas' character arcs; and deciding to blow up a balloon and continue on only made their motivations in this film less interesting. Why? Because the characters faced their biggest challenge in the previous film, and with the core concepts already well established, the writers would of course run out of ideas.
The preceding chapters did an impressive job with the music, allowing the Bellas to get creative with their set list. Pitch Perfect 3, on the other hand, plays it fairly safe and straightforward – establishing nothing memorable.
However, the threequel is at least not all that terrible as the comedy, A capella singing and performances – particularly the scene stealing Rebel Wilson – more than outweigh the cons. Even the plot has enough entertainment value to recommend – but only on average levels unfortunately.
Verdict: Mediocre and unnecessary; 'Pitch Perfect 3' is concrete proof of why some sequels shouldn’t see the light of day.