Writer: Kay Cannon (Screenplay) Mickey Rapkin (Book)
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, Adam Devine, Katey Sagal, Anna Camp, Ben Platt
Plot: After a humiliating command performance at The Kennedy Center, the Barden Bellas enter an international competition that no American group has ever won in order to regain their status and right to perform.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Delightful Sequel
Story: Pitch Perfect 2 starts as we learn of all the success the Barden Bellas have had in the world of A Capella now performing for the President. The show doesn’t go as planned as Fat Amy (Wilson) humiliating herself and the how team making national media.
Chloe (Snow) always wants to find a way to redeem themselves as she wants to enter the Bellas into the World Championship or face being banned from competition forever.
Beca (Kendrick) wants to move on with her life and career in music while the Bellas get a new member Emily (Steinfeld) as they go into the touring the World. The Bellas have to take on the German champions that intimidate them every time they meet but also face new career choices that could split them up and start their new lives.
Pitch Perfect 2 is the sequel to the surprise hit and this time the story puts the girls in a position where they have to regain the fame they have just lost. Dealing with this shows how united the girls are but part of the story that I really enjoyed watching was the real factors of the girls facing the reality they will be leaving college and going into the world and however much they loved the music side of things they need to look to their futures. I do think this side of the story helps make this fully enjoyable throughout.
Anna Kendrick: Beca is the lead performer of the Bellas when the incident happens, knowing she is in the final year of college she has already starting to plan her future with an internship with a record company where she gets to see the darker side of the music industry. I will say I wasn’t keen on the part of the character where she gets sexually confused because that seems added for no reason. Anna is good in this role even if she does start to have weird character development.
Rebel Wilson: Fat Amy is the cause of the problems after her flashing incident, she continues to be the best friend of Beca while finally having to work out her feelings for bumper. Fat Amy does give us most of the laughs. Rebel gives us the performance we have come to know from her.
Hailee Steinfeld: Emily is the daughter of a Bella icon that gets to join the team through the legacy program. She has dreamed of this chance and working with Beca offers up a chance she could only dream off. Hailee is a good addition to the cast giving us a character that could continue the series.
Brittany Snow: Chloe is the head of the Bella household always getting herself worked up about each performance and holding herself back in college to continue this life. Chloe enters us the situation of never wanting to take that chance to get to the next stage of our lives. Brittany is good in this role but does sadly become more a supporting one this time around.
Adam Devine: Bumper is from a rival team from the first outing and is still around the college, I do feel we needed more from his character because he is usually all the laughs. Adam does well but in this reduced role we are disappointed.
Support Cast: Pitch Perfect 2 has a good supporting cast with the rest of the Bella, the fellow groups being the rivals. Each member does help the story unfold.
Director Review: Elizabeth Banks – Elizabeth gives us great work from behind the camera make us enjoy the film throughout.
Comedy: Pitch Perfect 2 has solid laughs throughout without turning to them too often.
Music: Pitch Perfect 2 has brilliant use of music remixing some of the favourite songs.
Settings: Pitch Perfect 2 makes each show feel like a spectacle while keep the college scenes looking grounded.
Special Effects: Pitch Perfect 2 has a few uses of special effects which all work for the time they are used.
Suggestion: Pitch Perfect 2 is one for the fans of the original otherwise you won’t be interested. (Fans Watch)
Best Part: Final Show.
Worst Part: Random character change to Beca.
Chances of Tears: No
Chances of Sequel: One is planned.
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: No
Budget: $29 Million
Runtime: 1 Hour 55 Minutes
Tagline: We’re Back, Pitches
Overall: Enjoyable sequel that is all singing and dancing.