15th Sep2015

‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Blu-ray Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp, Ben Platt, Skylar Astin, Ester Dean, Hana Mae Lee, Adam Devine, Katey Sagal, Ben Platt, Chrissie Fit, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Flula Borg, John Michael Higgins | Written by Kay Cannon | Directed by Elizabeth Banks


When a film like Pitch Perfect delivers, and becomes a hit, where can the sequel go? The answer is simple push the heroes back to rock bottom so they can drag themselves up to the top again, if that’s what they want. That does raise the question though… Is that enough to keep Pitch Perfect 2 on top?

When the Bellas perform in front of the President an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction by Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) leaves them a national disgrace, resulting in their removed from the Aca-Circuit. To clear their name and regain their status and legacy, they decide to take on the world in International competition, which America never win. At a time they need strength though, graduation and the future loom, with some Bellas like Beca (Anna Kendrick) focusing on things outside of the team.

Pitch Perfect 2 made me worry for the first half of the film as it felt like it wasn’t really finding its feet and the story felt like it was floundering with no real direction. My worries were unfounded though as there was a reason for the lack of focus. Pitch Perfect 2 is about a team with no direction who needed to come back together to find themselves. In the same way, the movie itself is formed to feel the exact same way, or at least feels like it is.

In many ways, the movie is a typical Hollywood comedy, and a fairly routine feel good story about friendship and achieving goals. What wins through are the performances, especially Rebel Wilson and Adam DeVine as Bumper. When these two are on the screen they steal the movie, working well together with chemistry that makes their comedy flow well. Wilson’s character, even with the unfortunate name really is the glue that holds the film together at times. You do have to wonder if it would be the same movie without her.

While Pitch Perfect 2 does do its job well, you do have to turn your brain off at times and not think of the weaknesses in the story. This isn’t the type of movie though that needs to be built on realism, and there are points where you do realise that the world of the Bellas is abstracted from reality. Nearing the conclusion when the film finally goes International, there is an almost cartoon nature to their trip. The fact that the international competition feels so rushed too may bug some people. I did question it, but again saw the logic in keeping the competition element short. It is obvious that the decision had been taken to focus more on the characters and their stories and not being just another competition movie.

If Pitch Perfect 2 has a problem it may be that it creates a lot of promise, then fights to deliver it. To focus on the characters as it does, the competition element takes something of a back seat. When the characters are the strength of the film though this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Rebel Wilson may be a scene-stealer, but this does not mean that others hide in the shadows. One of my favourites from the first film, Lilly (Hana Mae Lee) as an example has plenty of moments in this sequel, as do the others, and that is what keeps the film entertaining. The focus on creating characters with depth is what makes Pitch Perfect 2 work.

While the film may not be perfect, fans of the original will enjoy Pitch Perfect 2 because it delivers more of the same, but in a confident way. Praise should be given to director Elizabeth Banks and writer Kay Cannon for the direction they chose to take. What they deliver in the movie is a bold and legitimately funny movie with character. Which is something that many other Hollywood “comedy” movies seemingly struggle to deliver these days.

Pitch Perfect 2 is available on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday September 21st.

Review originally posted on PissedOffGeek

Comments are closed.