Film Review: Pitch Perfect

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I went into this film with fairly good expectations, but I was not expecting it to be quite so funny.

Starring Anna Kendrick, Pitch Perfect chronicles an ‘alternative’ girl’s assimilation into the world of competitive college a capella groups.  Kendrick plays Beca, an aspiring DJ who’s only at college to please her father.  After being accosted in the shower by a pushy choir girl, Beca joins an all-girl group of singing misfits, trying to earn back a winning reputation after a performance disaster in the previous year’s nationals.  Despite the music not being quite my cup of tea [aside from an awesome rendition of BLACKstreet’s “No Diggity”], Pitch Perfect won me over through its humour.  Even Rebel Wilson – who I’ve never been a fan of – was genuinely funny as Fat Amy.  With the obligatory love interest [Skylar Astin] a member of the number one rival vocal group, the film has all the right ingredients and uses them well.

There are, of course, the obvious comparisons to be made – but rather than trying to be a Glee knock-off, Pitch Perfect takes a meta moment to address such similarities within the script: “This isn’t a high school club where you can sing and dance your way through any social issue or confused sexuality” says audition-wrangler Tommy [played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse].  The whole performance choir genre was spared no mercy, as the film relished in making fun of itself – particularly during the competition performances, thanks to my personal highlight of the film: the irreverent commentary provided by past performers John and Gail [John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks].

Humorous yet inoffensive, Pitch Perfect is a film that I would recommend for people of all ages.  It really is bloody funny.

 

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