EVEN when this synthetic musical medley hits the right emotional notes, it’s hard to shake the feeling that the filmmakers are relying on cinema’s version of Auto-Tune.
In the third — and reportedly final — film in the Pitch Perfect franchise, the Bellas have gone their separate ways after winning the world championship. But post-college life has turned out to be something of a disappointment for the various members of the all-girl a capella group, a disparate bunch who have really only their music in common.Beca (played by Anna Kendrick) is working as a producer for a large record company, until she tells one of the label’s minimally talented artists what she really thinks of his latest album. Newly unemployed, she returns to the one-room flat she inexplicably shares with Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson).The outspoken Aussie misfit has never had any intention of getting a “real” job. She’s just waiting for her one-woman show Fat Amy Winehouse to take off. Meanwhile Chloe (Brittany Snow) is struggling to keep her head above water at veterinary college.
Dispirited by the compromises of the real world, the Bellas leap at the chance to join a USO tour to play for the troops in Europe.Outside the insular environment of college, however, their act suddenly comes across as rather minimalist and gauche.
To reconstruct the rivalry that gave focus to the two previous Pitch Perfect instalments, the Bellas vie for the chance to open for DJ Khaled (who underplays himself) in his upcoming arena show. Their competition includes a country and western group, a hip hop duo and an all-female rock band by the name of Evermoist — with jokes as tired as that, Ruby Rose’s frontwoman never stood a chance.To further “freshen up” Pitch Perfect 3, the filmmakers add a budding romance between Beca and Khaled’s British manager (Guy Burnet) based primarily on professional respect. Puh-lease! Not even Anna Kendrick can pull that one off.
Wilson fares better in a grafted-on side plot involving Fat Amy’s estranged con artist father (John Lithgow with a dodgy accent). The Australian comedian’s explosive, sausage-thwacking action sequence aboard the Mediterranean yacht where the Bellas are being held captive is outrageously entertaining.
All the while, the franchise’s patented running commentary from John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks becomes increasingly unhinged. The pair’s off-colour humour is well served by that whiff of desperation, yet one can’t help but feel their tone is informed by the filmmakers themselves as they struggle with the stress fractures caused by franchise fatigue.
Part caper movie, part musical rom-com, part high school reunion, Pitch Perfect 3’s competing
elements fail to harmonise.The story starts with The Bellas having separated ways and struggling to find their feet in the real world outside of Barden University. Beca quits her job, is reunited with the rest of the singing group, and enters a competition performing in various glitzy European cities for members of the military. Up against three other musical acts who all use instruments, The Bellas battle it out for the chance to perform in a televised show at the end of the tour alongside DJ Khaled (yes, DJ Khaled actually features in the film).To my bitter disappointment, certain beloved characters do not make a return in the trilogy, including Bumper, Jesse and Benji. Apart from these sad losses, the majority of the cast are back together. I was particularly happy to see the comic duo John (John Michael Higgins) and Gail (Elizabeth Banks), who follow the girls around on their travels, filming a documentary. Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) is on top form as usual, providing her laugh out loud one-liners. However, we also see a different side of Fat Amy’s character, with the introduction of her estranged father and an insight into her past.
Unsurprisingly, the movie’s soundtrack is great, and The Bellas don’t let us down with their spontaneous aca-pella outbursts. More catchy song covers, more spotless choreography, more romance, more comedy, but unlike the previous films, this one contains more action, with slap-stick fight scenes as Fat Amy gets into hot water with her dad. Even though this is highly unrealistic, it makes for an amusing watch.For me, the plot was a bit basic, with little development of sub-plots to keep the audience engaged. If you’re looking for an intellectually stimulating film, this isn’t the one for you, yet that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have anything to offer. It is funny, entertaining and glamorous, all of which make this a credit-worthy cinematic experience. It’s very easy for film-makers to kill much-loved stories by making bad sequels, but in my opinion the makers of Pitch Perfect have done a good job of keeping the films and its characters alive. It may not be as good as the original, but it’s pretty close. The film ends on an emotional high, with The Bellas giving their final performance and moving on to their different paths.
So, if you’re unsure what to do with that strange time in between Christmas and New Year when you don’t know what day it is, or if you want to start your 2018 off right, then I would recommend seeing this light-hearted film. Even as the last curtain falls, The Bellas’ legacy lives on, until its corny end.It’s the final encore for the Bellas as Pitch Perfect 3 is now playing in theaters across the country. Fresh off their championship in the sequel, the Bellas reunite for one last performance and for a good cause at that. The Bellas are getting back together after realizing it’s tough to make a living as an acapella singer, but they’re gonna reunite to put on a world-class performance for a USO tour.
Pitch Perfect 3 sees all your favorites return too. Anna Kendrick is back as Beca, Rebel Wilson is back as Fat Amy, Brittany Snow back as Chloe, Anna Camp as Aubrey and Hailee Steinfeld as Emily. This awesome quintet put together by Kay Cannon and Mike White, the two who wrote the screenplay, makes for a fun 93-minute watch at the movie theater.There hasn’t been an official release date for Pitch Perfect 3 to be released on Blu-ray and DVD yet, but based on the typical turnaround for movies to leave the theater and for sale takes about three-four months. Some movies are a little longer than others, but for the most part, it’s the standard waiting time. Therefore, based on the Dec. 22 theatrical release date, Pitch Perfect 3 is likely to be released on DVD/Blu-ray in April.
The good news is if you can’t wait that long, it should be available for purchase on Amazon Video about a week before the DVD/Blu-ray release.
Again, this is just a projected release date, so when the official release date is revealed, this post will be updated to reflect the new date.It was almost a given that following the success of the first two films in the Pitch Perfect series, a third instalment would come to the big screen. The story finds the beloved Bellas now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.
Pitch Perfect producers Paul Brooks, Max Handelman and Elizabeth Banks were certain there was another story to tell in the lives of the Bellas.
“We worked hard to put together an organic story on the second film, and we wanted to take our time and figure out what felt like an authentic next step for the Bellas. That took a long time, but we got it here,” explains Brooks.
For Banks, this third chapter represented a full-circle moment. She and her fellow producers had developed the series from its inception, and Banks stepped behind the camera to direct the juggernaut Pitch Perfect 2, apart from appearing on-screen. “This movie not only has more singing and more dancing than the previous two features, but it is a full-fledged action-adventure,” states Banks. “We were excited about the idea of literally making the Bellas action heroes, especially Fat Amy.”At the helm of Pitch Perfect 3 is director Trish Sie who remarks that “I’ve been a big fan of the Pitch Perfect movies ever since I saw the first one in theatres. It was one of those movies that filled me with a certain amount of existential rage, because I wished I had been a part of that film… and figured I never would get that chance.”
Anna Kendrick has been the heart of the Pitch Perfect series since the beginning, and fans have followed her character Beca’s journey from awkward freshman to performer on the cusp of a brilliant musical career. Kendrick reveals that she was thrilled to have Sie as a partner on this chapter in the series.
“We’re obsessed with Trish; she’s an amazing collaborator who listens and wants to hear our opinions. “She’s also musical and comes from a choreography background. You just trust that she would shoot it right.”
The actress also appreciated the teamwork that went into bringing life to the story first crafted by Kay Cannon, who wrote the first two films and who shares screenplay credit with Mike White on Pitch Perfect 3. “The humour has always been what made our movies stand out, and we’ve all worked together to bring out the best version of this script,” says Kendrick.
Fat Amy herself, Rebel Wilson, who has seen the character that she created take on an iconic life of her own, appreciates what all that her director gave to the set. “Trish brought such a great, fun vibe on- and off-set. I just love her energy. She’s so girl power, positive and motivating, and we’ve just had the best time working with her.”
One of the proudest moments of her astonishing career, Banks gives all her love to this chapter. “We’re thrilled to have a female director and an all-female cast, and to be promoting interesting and fun stories for women,” she provides. “There aren’t enough movies that do that. We love the message to young girls about the teamwork involved, about friendship, and what they can aspire to in their own lives. Trish brought an infectious energy to every meeting, as well as a passion and a resume that was right. We felt like we found a great person to be in charge of our film, and she just happens to be a woman. That is icing on the cake.”