Published on May 18th, 2015 | by SgtKaiju0
Pitch Perfect 2 – Review
PP Sequel? Acca-awesome? Not so much….
I, like many, were most enamored with the original PITCH PERFECT film. Whilst essentially being BRING IT ON for A Capella groups, Anna Kendrick and her crew brought enough spark and charm to the film to make it a surprise breakout hit. And so the Bella’s return for a second round, this time taking their fight to Worlds.
And, unfortunately, the film falls flat. The film falls into two traps that beset the world of sequels, the combination of which leaves the movie disappointing and forgettable.
Firstly, it falls into the common trap of being the same film all over again. In PITCH PERFECT, The Barden Bellas suffer a humiliating public incident (vomit), have to regroup (in an empty swimming pool), embrace a new member (Becca), Becca has to deal with her commitment to the Bellas (against her career goals) and ultimately triumph at a competition (Nationals) by bringing something new to the A Cappela scene (remixes). And in PITCH PERFECT 2, The Barden Bellas suffer a humiliating public incident (full-frontal nudity), have to regroup (camping), embrace a new member (Emily), Becca has to deal with her commitment to the Bellas (against her career goals) and ultimately triumph at a competition (Worlds) by bringing something new to the A Cappela scene (SPOILERS). I get that most Sports Films follow this set formula (and just like BRING IT ON, PP is very much in the Sports Film genre in terms of tropes), but this felt too close to the originals. Think MIGHT DUCKS 2 off the ice.
The second issue that often arise with sequels is the Flanderisation of the character, a trope very evident here. Stacey was a bit sexually forward in the first one, now is just sexual jokes. Cynthia is a lesbian the first film, now she is just lesbian jokes. Same for new addition Flo and token background characters Jessica & Ashley. Almost all the rounded characters that made the original fun have been reduced to catchphrases or tropes of their former selves.
All this being said, it’s not all bad. Whilst the Bumper/Fat Amy romance is clunky and heavy handed, the charisma of actors does carry it through, and Key (from Key & Peele) is a special delight as Becca’s new boss. For the fans of the original, it is a fun diversion, but don’t expect to be enamored again…