A Bit Pitchy: Pitch Perfect Movie Review
October 7, 2012
For the past few months, I’ve been bombarded by advertisements on YouTube, Spotify and other internet utilities to watch this movie. Ultimately, I was enticed by the vocal scores and went to see it for the music arrangement , all in a capella – pretty impressive. However, little else was particularly astonishing and mind blowing about the movie, much to my disappointment. Unsettling me at times with its slow moving plot and rudimentary humor, it fell short of my expectations as a movie. However, I found that fact made up by some well-done acting and a soundtrack exceeding anything I could have expected.
The story revolves around Barden University college freshman and aspiring DJ, Beca, and the struggles of her a capella group the Barden Bellas, who have a reputation of having well sung but boring “old-school” performances. After a “messy” embarrassment of a performance the prior year at the International Collegiate Competition, leader of the Bellas, Aubrey, competes with Beca’s attempts of modernizing and remixing their songs, wanting to keep their pieces traditional. The Bellas undergo embarrassment, fights and many other troubles on their road to trying to win Nationals. The movie’s settings are mostly either the Bellas’ rehearsals or their competitions, making it hard to include a strong plot. There is a somewhat interesting, yet predictable, love story between Beca and her colleague, Jesse, a member of the Bellas’ rival a capella group, the Treble Makers, but not much else about the plot is very exciting.
The cast includes Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Adam Devine, and Anna Camp, who each do a good job of portraying their characters in an entertaining way. The acting wasn’t bad at all, though the characters themselves were often outrageous and unrealistic. Most of the characters were one dimensional and the audience didn’t get a chance to get to know very many of them.
Though the movie had its humorous moments, I would not go see it for the comedy. Some of the jokes were clever but most of them fed off of the characters’ weird, over-the-top personalities. The majority of it was stupid jokes with many crude antics and gross humor.
The strongest part of the movie was most definitely its musical arrangement. From the beginning, the oral symphony of the a capella groups silenced the audience and made them stare in astonishment. The scores were very well arranged and each of the cast members had a spectacular voice to add. If nothing else, I would highly recommend watching the movie for its soundtrack. The music takes on a whole different personality than on the radio as instruments are imitated by the characters and the songs are remixed to perfection.