Where Seen: Movie Theater
Production Company: Brownstone Productions (III), Gold Circle Films
Distributed By: Universal Pictures
Director(s): Jason Moore
Writer(s): Kay Cannon (screenplay), Mickey Rapkin (book)
Stars: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin and Rebel Wilson
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
When I first saw the previews for Pitch Perfect was interested in the movie but a little wary at the same time. After all I was interested in Glee and that show just took such a horrible turn. But my curiosity outweighed my dread and so I went to go see this with a friend. For me, Pitch Perfect is everything that Glee should have been.
I loved the musical arrangements and I really liked how all the members of the group got to be a part of the overall song. And not just stand there and dance as so often happened on Glee. the story line was also realistic, though it was pretty cliched. There really wasn’t any big surprises in this movie but I am ok with that as I was entertained. Although I could have done without some of the gross out scenes which almost made me gag on more than one occasion.
Anna Kendrick, who played Becca, reminded me a lot of Amy Adams but without the annoying voice. She’s got this girl next door look that can always be edgy and she pulls off the character of Becca well. But the ones who tended to steal scenes were Rebel Wilson (Fat Amy) and Hanna Mae Lee (Lilly). Rebel Wilson was just so outrageous and out there and had some of the best one liners in the movie. Hanna Mae Lee didn’t say a lot in the movie and when she did it was barely audible but the things I could make out were shocking and hilarious. Lilly was such an awkward character on screen and very much the oddest one in the group but it was so hard not to notice her. She was the character you looked for in the background to see what crazy thing she was doing next. I have no idea how Lee managed to keep such a straight face to get her lines across. I’m also looking forward to watching Pitch Perfect n DVD just so I can turn on subtitles and catch everything Lee’s character had to say.
I don’t think that Pitch Perfect will win any of the prestigious awards but it might be one of those films that becomes a fan favorite. Its also a movie that I think will appeal more to girls than guys….well…those manly men who like action and violence more than singing and dancing. Not that there was much dancing here….but there is enough. The songs were all catchy in beat and I found myself tapping my foot a little as they were being performed. I also downloaded the soundtrack from iTunes shortly after seeing the movie so you know that I enjoyed the music. For me, Pitch Perfect is a movie worth seeing in theaters but its a definate DVD rental if you don’t have the time or money for the cinema. Its one of those rare movies that I wish there was a sequel already in the works and yet I also dread that as well. As sequels so often can be so terribly bad. But I’ll worry abut that if it happens. For now, I’ll just cue up my iPod and dance around to the music from Pitch Perfect.