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Pitch Perfect & Pitch Perfect 2

Our resident film reviewer Grace is back with her latest recommendation and some helpful insight so that all us youth workers out there can chip in to any Pitch Perfect related conversations our young people are having and sound like we know what we are talking about. Also…let’s be honest, we’re probably going to find ourselves drawn towards the Pitch Perfect 2 screen next time we are at the cinema…in which case keep reading to see what Grace thinks… 
 

It’s finally here!!! Pitch Perfect 2! I cannot tell you how long I’ve been waiting for this. Me and 7 of my friends, all big fans of the original Pitch Perfect, went to see this in the cinema and we all enjoyed it and laughed a lot.

The Pitch Perfect phenomena all started in December 2012 when the first Pitch Perfect hit the cinemas. It was full of loveable characters, like Fat Amy (yes, that really is her name!), Beca and Jesse, and AMAZING songs. All of the songs were covers of popular songs like Price Tag by Jessie J but they were sung acapella (without instruments). The film was full of comedy and hilarious jokes and it became very, very popular.

I however, was a bit behind, so when I was told how amazing the first film was it was already out of cinemas. I had to wait for it to come out on DVD and as soon as I saw it, I fell in love and it remains one of the best films I’ve seen and one of my favourites. Interestingly the studio released it on a wing and a prayer, unsure of whether it would work or not and clearly it exceeded their expectations.

One of the standout things to come out of this film was the ‘Cup Song’. It was performed by Anna Kendrick in the film and soon YouTube was filled with copies… just type the ‘Cup Song’ into YouTube and see how many results you get! It involves using a cup and your hands to create the beat for the song (ring any bells?!).  I’ve never been able to do it though, it’s just too confusing!

Pitch Perfect 2 was released in the cinemas a couple of weeks ago. The story continues from the first film and follows the story of the Barden Bellas an all-girl acapella group. After an embarrassing performance in front of the president of the United States the Bellas are not allowed to perform or recruit any new members. In a desperate bid to clear their name and regain their status they set out to win the acapella World Championships and beat the legendary German acapella group, Das Sound Machine. It once again features acapella covers of songs like Timber by Pitbull ft. Ke$ha but there is also an original song which is really good. Now it may seem like a chic flick but at the cinema there was a family made up of three teenage boys and no teenage girls at all! There is enough comedy for everyone!

Pitch Perfect 2 again stars Anna Kendrick as Beca, the leader of the Bellas (who was also in Into the Woods which I reviewed a while back) and Rebel Wilson who plays Fat Amy, a brilliantly funny actress and character. It also stars Elizabeth Banks as Gail, the president of the acapella association (who plays Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games series), and also directed Pitch Perfect 2. There are also cameos from Snoop Dogg and President Barack Obama. Yes… Really!!!

Going to the cinema last week I was nervous that Pitch Perfect 2 would not be as good as the first, and I’m so glad it did not disappoint. The songs were brilliantly sung (again), the humour was witty and had perfect timing (again) and the acting was great (again). I don’t think the storyline was as good as the last one as it kind of felt a bit random, but all in all another great movie from Pitch Perfect. I wonder if there will be a third?!

Written by Grace, our 14 year old mega film fan!  

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