Pitch Perfect 2 - Movie Review (Video)

The mics are on, the stage is set, time to harmonize your notes because the Bella's are back!

Set 3 years after the first movie, Pitch Perfect 2 brings the Barden Bella's back to the silver screen and they are better than ever.
But after being humiliated in front of none other than the President of the United States himself, the Bella's get shamefully removed from the Acapella Circuit.
In order to regain their status and put their name back up to where it once was, the Bella's enter an international competition—a competition no American team has ever won.
To accomplish this colossal task, they need to further strengthen the bonds of friendship and sisterhood, and blow away the competition with their amazing aca-magic!
With new friends and old rivals tagging along for the trip, the Bella's take on the journey of accomplish their dreams.

The film, compared to its predecessor, has more hilarity to it. The full theater that I saw it with was laughing almost on a minute-by-minute basis, at times even more! From the ridiculous opening sequence, to the awesome cameos, up until the post-credits scene. The movie was just a packed with laugh-out-loud moments. It was also bigger than ever, with our main heroins facing adversity from all over the word, and it really was fun to watch. It's definitely worth seeing if you're just looking for easy and light-hearted entertainment.
But to be quite honest, I actually didn't like it as much as I initially thought I would before going to see it. And I was taken aback by these exact feelings right after getting out of the theater.
I've had some time to process my complaints about the movie since then and I'd like to share them with you.
First and foremost , I felt like the whole movie was just rehash of the first. It basically had the same feel to it, the same beats and flow, and roughly the same ending. Not that it's necessarily a bad thing, but this time, it really felt like it came from the same mold as the last one, but was just topped with more decorations to make it seem bigger and flashier, and the lack of effort in making it feel like it's own thing, I didn't appreciate very much.
The movie is...kind of a mess. It was all over the place. There's new blood introduced that we spend a lot of time with and who I thought would be the movie's main character, until about half an hour into the movie. Now that I think about it, I am actually having trouble deciding who the real main character is! Was it still Beca? Or her? Or Fat Amy? SNOOP??? The new girl Emily was kind of pointless if you really think about it as she doesn't really have any deep ties with the movie's story or anything. You could've probably cut her out of the film and nothing much would've changed.
The narrative flow is established early on, but then we just mess around for an hour until the movie ends. No real character development or anything, everything was just stagnant aside from them beating around the bush while throwing gags and jokes.
The main conflict is Beca getting distracted from the Bella's, and hiding her internship from her friends. But then the issue is solved in minutes. I mean, what did that plot-line even bring to the table? Just so she and that new girl can force that Flashlight song on our throats even more? Anyway, it really would've been fine if there was something else to bring to the table. But alas, that is not the case. A lot of aspects from movie felt forced, for example, the blatant, in-your-face product placement that the movie was riddle with. The movie might as well have been shown like this, for fuck's sake. And I don't really remember the first movie relying on racist humor. The ethnic jokes and jokes about women, felt in bad taste. so much of it, everywhere! Not saying everything has to be politically correct, but it was used for cheap laughs. Especially the Mexic-oh excuse me, Guatemalan girl.
I don't think she had one line that wasn't a stereotype about her getting killed by drug cartels or something similar. And in retrospect, that kinda sucked.
 Every time the movie went sentimental it weighed nothing and felt undeserved. I wish they had spent less time on boring montages and more time developing an interesting story-line or advancing any of the characters. None of the characters developed or changed....it was a very flat movie for me.
 And for the last of my complaints, the songs and performances didn't impress me very well either. Though I really liked the German group, Das Sound Machine, and actually think they should've won
 Huh...Suspension of disbelief.

 To wrap it all up. It did feel more forced than the first one and though conflict and rivalry exists, it was still anticlimactic because you know they’re graduating and therefore winning. The plot was kinda whatever but there are a ton more jokes and more singing. So if you're just looking for a good time with friends, I guess you could see it. It'll still be loads of fun for sure.
 And I just want to make clear that I do not hate the movie, but rather, just wish they worked more on improving it and not just carbon-copying the first one and injecting more jokes into it.