Title: Pitch Perfect 2 Director: Elizabeth Banks Year: 2015 Run time: 1hr 55m
“The Barden Bellas are back in Pitch Perfect 2, the follow-up to summer 2012’s smash a capella comedy hit. The film follows Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) and Beca (Anna Kendrick) as they prepare to graduate from Barden University.”
0:21 - Oh god, how I love the a cappella Universal thing. 1:23 - That was an actual president! I didn’t know they were allowed to be in films! 2:59 - “We maybe snapped our fingers if we were feeling frisky.” 13:35 - Stoked! Nothing wrong with that. 15:01 - “I don’t know, I failed maps.” 23:04 - O-M-aca-G. 28:14 - German a cappella Muse song is terrifying. 30:11 - “We are so not jelly.” 34:28 - No one records with beats headphones, surely? 36:39 - I need this Kendrick dee-oh-double-gee duet released for Christmas. 42:30 - They turned the riff off into a showdown this time. 51:36 - Didn’t realise they hated originals quite so much! 58:27 - “Do you need some of my confidence because I could maybe tone it down a notch?” 1:03:11 - A podcast by these two would hit the top of every chart going. 1:09:11 - Yay! Didn’t realise we were missing her until she showed up! 1:13:23 - A capella training montage. 1:18:09 - “You are one of us, you paid the registration fee.” 1:28:48 - I love that he totally owns not remembering any names ever. 1:32:47 - Yay Benji! 1:48:54 - Amazing credits.
It’s hard to say anything about this other than: Argh, best film ever! We were so looking forward to it, having loved the first one far more than I’d expected to. I’ve listened to the soundtrack many times since, and we pre-ordered PP2 as soon as it was available.
Thankfully, it lived up to the high expectations. Great returning characters, with some nice surprises along the way. Fab new characters too, with Hailee Steinfeld squeezing in seamlessly with her own brand of craziness to add to the group. Love the concept of the girls being knocked down a peg or two and having to claw their way back up, particularly against the absolutely terrifying Das Sound Machine.
A big part of the joy of the film comes from the partnership between Elizabeth Banks (great job directing her first film, too) and John Michael Higgins - particularly as this time out it feels like she’s starting to get wise to his misogyny and isn’t going to put up with it for too much longer.
Great songs, although I wasn’t too familiar with Flashlight before and couldn’t decide if I would have preferred a more familiar tune. It’s grown on me since. And oh, when they did a campfire version of Cups? That’s tear o’clock right there.
Loved every single second of it. Already planning to watch it again. And again.
Be Kind, Rewind - Mar 2017
Not much to add over and above the gush-fest that was my initial review, but only to say that upon a subsequent viewing, I’ve realised that Benji is the hero. You know, like how Hermione is considered the real hero of the Harry Potter films? Benji is the crux of the two Pitch Perfect efforts.