Director: Elizabeth Banks
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, Adam Devine, Katey Sagal, Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp
Age Restriction: 10-12 PG L
Genre: Comedy, music
Runtime: 115 minutes
Release date: 15 May 2015
The Barden Bellas are back in all their acapella glory in this bigger and better sequel to the 2012 surprise hit Pitch Perfect.
This time though they’ve disgraced themselves in front of the president of the United States in a stunt involving Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) accidently hanging off a stage sash and as one reporter puts it "gave the president a birthday gift from down under".
Facing critical backslash, the Bellas are given an immediate suspension from all acapella related competitions except the World Championships, which they decide to enter and win as a means of redeeming themselves.
Of course, this is deemed impossible by many considering that no American acapella team has ever won this title before because as acapella commentator John Smith (John Michael Higgins) puts it: "they hate us".
Of course, the Bellas face obstacles that stand in the way of their success. Last time it was about working together as a team and this time it’s about keeping up with the trends, changing and innovating.
Joining the Bellas is newcomer Emily (Hailee Steinfeld) – an aspiring songwriter, while Bellas leader Beca (Anna Kendrick) has accepted an intern position for a music production company and decides to keep it a secret from the team. At the same time, Beca begins distancing herself away from the group in a bid to start thinking about her future as it’s her (as well as the Bellas’) last year at campus.
One can only wonder why Universal Pictures scheduled this sequel into the prime May release date spot sandwiched against competition such as Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road and Tomorrowland. However, after viewing it, I can now see why.
Pitch Perfect 2 is a solid follow-up and is without a doubt one hundred percent and completely better than its predecessor, and will probably (in my opinion) go on to be one of the most entertaining comedies of the year.
Unlike the simplistic nature of its predecessor, Pitch Perfect 2 divides and conquers; conjuring up a bigger more composite story with lots going on, and boy does first time director Elizabeth Banks pull it off quite nicely.
Banks – an actress who many have come to know for her comedy films and who also reprises her role from the first Pitch Perfect as the second acapella commentator Gail, brings her brand of humour to the film. Pitch Perfect 2 certainly proves Banks’ expertise in the genre as the humour is well-written, skilfully executed and will have you busting a gut on the floor in stitches. Yes, it’s that hilarious and so much funnier than the original.
The original film’s scene-stealer Fat Amy is the one who brings in the most laughs and gets the best one-liners and dialogue, with Wilson having no trouble stealing spotlight once again in her newly expanded role.
Speaking of acting, the rest of the cast all do a sensational job in their respective roles while the characters who are only important to the story are nicely developed and well handled.
Getting to the dialogue, Pitch Perfect 2’s is sharper, wittier and a downright improvement.
The original film had a knack for being a tad bit touching, and the same goes for the sequel. However, with more pressing issues to deal with this time round expect more soppy moments.
The music, acapella, vocals, and song selections are an improvement as well, plus we get to see Snoop Dogg sing Christmas songs in one hilarious sub-plot.
And just when you think it couldn’t get any better, Pitch Perfect 2’s climax ends up topping the original’s as it ventures onto a whole new level that’ll have audiences emotionally fired up and will leave you with goosebumps. Yes, Pitch Perfect 2 goes out with a bang!
Verdict: Bigger story, excellent acapella set list, hysterically funny, wonderful characters, touchy moments and a goosebump rising finale all position Pitch Perfect 2 as a superior and ultimately better follow-up.