When it comes to films, Pitch Perfect is about as light-hearted as it’s possible to get. It’s an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza with pretty female leads trying to win the national college a cappella competition, beating their rival male team in the process. Anna Kendrick is Beca, a forceful teenager who longs to go to LA and start a career in the music business but is made to go to college by her professor father. He encourages (or bribes) her to join a club so that she’ll feel more integrated with college life, and so she joins the Barden Bellas a cappella group. Their main competition is the all-male Treblemakers and, surprise surprise, Beca strikes up a will-they-won’t-they type romance with one of the male singers, all the while trying to revolutionise her own group’s sound.
As far as plots go, it’s extremely limited, rather silly, and very predictable. It reminds me a lot of the Bring It On films because it follows the same kind of formula – the underdogs in a competition have to overcome fighting amongst themselves, fallings out and boy drama, so that they can make a spectacular comeback. They win the competition, the girl gets the boy, everyone’s happy, the end. That’s pretty much all there is to it.
However, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this film. Yes, it’s incredibly daft, and some of the acting (Beca’s father in particular) is downright appalling, but at the same time it was good old-fashioned, cheesy (very cheesy) fun. If you want something that’s going to require no thought or brainpower whatsoever, but will put a smile on your face and maybe get you to bust a few moves or sing along, then Pitch Perfect should probably be your first port of call. It was easy and it was sort of funny (although I really could have done without any of the projectile vomiting scenes). There’s also a sequel due to be released in the near-future, which looks like it’s going to tick all of the same boxes. I’m surprised to admit that I quite want to see it. I was ready to be so scathing about this film, and part of me still wants to be just because, to be honest, the whole thing should be kind of lame. I thought it was going to be along the lines of High School Musical, and that’s just not something that anyone needs to see. Clearly I shouldn’t be so quick to judge though. Okay, so it was a bit lame, and essentially consisted of nothing but fluff, but it also made me smile so I think I’m okay with it.
See previous Film Review featuring A Beautiful Mind.