With the exception of the ones that came out in the 70’s I don’t like movie musicals. So why was I sort of wanting to see this movie? I guess because the previews, specifically the parts including Rebel Wilson as Fat Amy, made me laugh.
Watching the movie I realized something, I like Rebel Wilson and all but I need her like I need most sweets, only in small doses. Luckily she’s not the main character although she pretty much is a scene stealer whenever she’s on screen.
So Pitch Perfect seems to follow talented kid movie plot cliche number, oh pick any number. Our main character Beca (Anna Kendrick) is talented freshman at Barden University. However Beca wants to do something her “stodgy” father thinks is too risky, not finishing college and going off to be a DJ, music mixer, something. Of course she’s a bit of an outsider and doesn’t fit in with the other Barden students including her roommate.
At Barden, the big thing isn’t sports or fraternities and sororities, it’s acapella singing. Yes folks, singing. And this is where we come into plot point number two, The Bellas. Headed by Aubrey (Anna Camp) the once champion group can’t seem to get back on top. Part of it is their routine is stuck in the last century, the other part is a little incident that happened last year at finals. The Bellas are desperate so they are recruiting just about anyone they can to join. What they end up with is a mix-matched pack of outcast talent, including Beca who is mostly there because her dad is pushing her to give college life a try, but she can also sing damn good.
Most of the movie is pretty much every mainstream teen/college movie I have ever seen, although this movie had better one-liners than most, and all aren’t delivered by Wilson. Two of the most hilarious characters are the commentators for the competition. They deliver some of the most cutting, spiteful, commentary completely professional or deadpan. And I have to admit I loved the musical numbers, and even the ending as sickeningly sweet as it was. But like most of the movie you knew what’s going to happen pretty much every step of the way. I guess though sometimes maybe you need a good predictable movie. Consider Pitch Perfect a mini brain vacation with singing.