Pitch Perfect 2 Review

I hardly considered Pitch Perfect to be a good enough movie to deserve a sequel; ‘mediocre at best’ would be a more accurate description. To its credit it did have great singing, cinematography, one unique character (Jesse) and fine camerawork. However, poor characters, unfunny jokes, and an avalanche of clichés made that film a forgettable pile of average. The completely pointless sequel was….. about the same thing as the first.

This is directed by Elizabeth Banks, written by Kay Cannon and Mickey Rapkin, and stars: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Haliee Stienfeld, Brittany Snow, Katey Sagal, Ester Dean, Adam DeVine, John Michael Higgins, and Elizabeth Banks. The Bella’s are more popular than ever and are performing for a very important public figure. However, a colossal mistake ruins the whole performance and the Bella’s career is now in jeopardy. In order to reclaim everyone’s respect, they have to win an international a cappella competition. I will begin with the positives. For one, this movie has some funny moments. The main reason the jokes were not funny in the first film was because they were not given enough direction in their acting. In Pitch Perfect 2, their expressions and reactions are over-the-top and well timed (for the most part) and because of this, many of the jokes surprisingly got me laughing. The musical numbers are amped-up to the max and provide visual experiences to behold, and the a cappella itself is beautiful. Oh, by the way, Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele) is in this movie and he delivers the funniest lines in the whole film.

I gave both Pitch Perfect films a 5 rating on IMDb because for every positive aspect, there is an equally negative moment. In this movie, the characters (with the exceptions of Keegan and Anna Kendrick’s characters) are bland, stereotypical, or just have one trait so you can tell them apart from a piece of wood. Heck, two of the Bella’s hardly have a line or personality in the entire movie. But the two worst characters in the entire movie would be Higgins and Banks’ characters. They make the worst jokes and flat-out offended me a few times. That may sound a bit histrionic, but they say things like, “This is what happens when you send women to college.” all the time! I’m not that sensitive, but these jokes went a bit too far if you ask me, and I’m a guy! There is also a new member of the Bella’s who is Guatemalan, and they make EVERY Central-American stereotype joke in the book, one of which was actually funny, but the rest can be seen as ‘very offensive’. The story is just copy-pasted from every other high school drama movie ever made, and although this is not the worst example of this overdone plotline that I’ve seen (that would be Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, blah, blah, blah, you know how much I hate that movie).

It is truly a marvel as to how both Pitch Perfect movies have opposite points. The comedy is funnier in the second, while the characters are better in the first. The musical numbers are more powerful in the second, but the direction is stronger in the first. And the story is average for both films. What I’m getting at is that neither movie is better or worse than the other. Although, both movies should be avoided. This gets Guy’s Guru Grade of C.

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