Is it better than the first…..hhhmmm maybe? Is it worth seeing in the cinemas you better acca- believe it
Elizabeth Banks – in her first full length film directing debut shows that she really does know her comedy – which we already know from her acting. It shows she really has put her heart in this. The film is extremely predictable but then most comedies are and l was happy to just sit relax and have a laugh. The plot is slow to start but the jokes are there right from the beginning and don’t stop. Some feel a little forced at times but for the most part it works well
Our very own Rebel Wilson gets more screen play in this instalment and produces the easy laughs proving that she is acca-awesome, sometimes to the point or rib hurting laughter (she also ads in an Aussie joke that was quite cute for us Aussies but might be lost on a wider audience), but my favourites were John (John Michael Higgins) and Gail (Elizabeth Banks) our commentators following the Barden Bellas on their journey to the World A cappella championships. Their comedy is a lot more deadpan and at times l found only a few people laughing at their zingers whereas l found them quite hilarious
Keegan-Michael Key has a cameo appearance and l squealed with joy when he came on as he is one of my favourites, l love his sense of humour and was happy that, even though his role is stated a cameo, he does have more than one scene and actually manages to tell Bella Becca to step and try a bit harder.
Our new Barden Bella played by Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) as the Bella legacy, Emily shows that bringing in new characters is a good thing. She is just as quirky as the original Bella’s and brings her own comedy to the mix
Brittany Snow is of course great playing her character Chloe, she and Anna Kendrick’s character Becca grow the most in this instalment – which was, l felt a bit harder to show as their on screen time isn't as big as the first instalment.
The new A cappella group in this one is Das Sound Machine from Germany and they are our Bella’s rivals and while l loved their singing and thought they stole the screen when preforming l felt a little confused as to how old they were meant to be. I’m assuming they are all meant to be at college? It’s not really made clear and if so they all looked a little old. If you loved the treble- makers you maybe a little disappointed they are shown but only have 2 small singing parts and for the most are part of the background.
There is a lot more music in this one, it felt much more Glee-esque (is that even a word.…well it is now!) and there was a wide range with even a small amount of country music included. I swear at one point l expected Kurt and Rachel to walk on screen and start singing with them, there is however a cameo by the group Pentatonix (a fantastic A cappella group) that is quite quick so keep an eye out for them, for the most part l enjoyed the songs chosen and the riff off scene is acca-perfect although one song used had been used enough in Glee and Rock of ages so felt they could have chosen another song but l can see it pleasing the masses.
All in all Pitch Perfect 2 is going to have you singing and dancing in your seats, if you need a laugh and a chance to relax l can’t recommend this enough.