Pitch Perfect 2 touched down on Australian shores on the 7th of May, bringing the promotion of sisterhood, female empowerment and acapella along in its wings. The Barden Bellas are back, and audiences all over the globe have gathered to witness the next stage of their acapella success, eager to escape into a world of music, friendship and hilarity.
With any solution there must initially be a problem, and the storyline of Elizabeth Banks’s Pitch Perfect 2 is no different, as the film begins with a wardrobe malfunction at Lincoln Center involving the character, Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson), and the malfunction evolves into a media scandal resulting in the Barden Bellas being banned from competing and auditioning in the USA. However, there is a loophole, and the Bellas set out to both gain back their status and win the acapella world championships – which no team from the US has ever won before.
Despite the prominent focus on acapella and the Bellas’ right to perform, there is also an underlying theme throughout the film of ‘moving on’; Beca (Anne Kendrick) attends an internship at a music production company and Chloe (Brittany Snow) is desperate to keep the Bellas together due to her fear of graduating and creating a life outside of her acapella group.
The script is clever and the lines are very quick-witted, with the broad selection of musical numbers really accentuating the light-heartedness of the film in the best way. The characters are extremely relatable to their audiences, and although there is a shift in some of the characters’ roles in comparison to the original film, the audience does not leave feeling as though they have missed out. The film’s easy humour allows it to reach people of all ages, and it is the perfect film for a laugh without having to think too much about what’s happening.
Despite the many good points of the film, the plot did feel slightly repetitive of the first film at times. The need for the Bellas to prove themselves and the testing of their friendships are evident in both the first and second film, and I do believe that the film may have been a little more enticing had it followed another sequence of events or plotline. There were also a couple of instances in which the humour was a little too easy or ‘overused’, and I was left feeling slight second-hand embarrassment rather than particularly humoured.
Overall, the film was hilarious and enjoyable, and I would recommend making time to see it on the big screen. The music will have you dancing in your seat, and Fat Amy’s inappropriate comments will almost have you crying with laughter. A blockbuster movie featuring a range of various music genres and ages does not come around very often these days, and with all aspects of the film considered, I’m definitely praying for a third installment.