In this sequel to Pitch Perfect, the collegiate a cappella group called the Barden Bellas enter into an international competition, but they are told it will be impossible to win because they are from the U.S.
The girls refuse to give up and vow to be the first Americans to take home the top prize.
What We Thought:
I firmly believe that the first Pitch Perfect is The Breakfast Club for this generation. Just like people nowadays still go back and watch The Breakfast Club while new generations discover it, I think Pitch Perfect will be that film 30 years from now. We’ll see special anniversary edition re-releases and theatrical screenings. I think it’s that good of a movie.
So it would be impossible for Pitch Perfect 2 to live up to that greatness, right? Well, yes, but Pitch Perfect 2 is far from a disappointment. In fact, I genuinely enjoyed the hell out of it.
Is it missing a little bit of the magic that made the first film so special? Yes, but only a little. If the first movie was a perfect 100%, then the sequel scores a terrific 90%. It’s extremely funny, and I laughed throughout the entire film.
For my money, the biggest flaw is the sidelining of Skylar Astin’s Jesse character. Even though he’s still together with Anna Kendrick’s Becca, he really has little to do in the sequel and is barely in it, which is a shame because he was one of my favorite parts of the first film.
That said, though, if you love Pitch Perfect like I do, you will definitely enjoy this one. Go see it!