Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)

Director: Trish Sie

Writer: Kay Cannon, Mike White (Screenplay) Mickey Rapkin (Book)

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Hailee Steinfeld, Ester Dean, Hana Mae Lee, Kelley Jakle

 

Plot: Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices.


Tagline – Last Call Pitches

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Nice Conclusion to the Trilogy

 

Story: Pitch Perfect 3 starts as the Bellas tired of their everyday lives, reunite for an overseas military performance. Beca (Kendrick), Fat Amy (Wilson), Chloe (Snow), Aubrey (Camp) and Emily (Steinfeld) along with the rest set up to tour and perform with fellow bands for military families.

Arriving the Bellas learn they are not on the same level as the fellow bands which brings the Bellas together to improve their own game and et themselves for their lives.

 

Thoughts on Pitch Perfect 3

 

Characters – Beca has been working as a music producer, her dream job, but she is struggling with the artists, which leads to her going on tour with the Bellas for one last round before trying to find her place in the real world. Fat Amy brings us the jokes through the film, embracing her image and this trip gives her a chance to re-connect with her father. Chloe and Aubrey are both struggling in real life and thrive on bring the group back together. Emily is still the youngster member of the group and this time she does start to fade into the background of the group.

PerformancesAnna Kendrick in the leading role is good in her role where she handles the singing wonderfully and is the role she can handle with ease. Rebel Wilson is always the centre of attention with the comic timing this time she does it solo without Adam Devine to bounce off.

StoryThe story picks up with the Bellas as they reunite again, they are all at pivotal points in their lives and this will be the last chance they have to perform together and once again they must prove themselves to the next level. We do have a lot of sub plots for the girls which can at times feel buried compared to others, but the highlight of the story is the Gail and John character providing commentary to the film, pointing out the problems in the previous films. This will tick all the boxes for the fans of the previous films.

Comedy/MusicThe comedy is a nice mix even if most falls for Rebel Wilson to hit home, the music brings a mix of the popular songs that get great remixes.

SettingsThe settings takes us around certain Europe where we would have military bases showing we are going bigger for the Bellas.


Scene of the Movie –
Riff off.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Trying too hard with side stories that don’t hit because they don’t get enough time.

Final ThoughtsThis is a nice conclusion to the Pitch Perfect trilogy, it could easily show growing up with the Bellas as they heading to the real world and finding their feet. The music does hit home well too.

 

Overall: This is an enjoyable movie you can enjoy from start to finish.

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The Babysitter (2017)

Director: McG

Writer: Brian Duffield (Screenplay)

Starring: Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Robbie Amell, Hana Mae Lee, Bella Thorne, Emily Alyn Lind, Andrew Bachelor

 

Plot: The events of one evening take an unexpected turn for the worst for a young boy trying to spy on his babysitter.


Tagline – Dream girls can be a nightmare.

Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Twistedly Entertaining

 

Story: The Babysitter starts as we meet high school geek Cole (Lewis), he gets picked on by the other students, never feeling like he fits in. he has a close friendship with his babysitter Bee (Weaving) who turns heads because of her beauty, even though she is one of the most down to earth people in Cole’s life.

When Cole’s parents go away on a trip, it leaves Cole and Bee alone in the house, but this time Cole wants to learn what happens when he is asleep, which starts off as normal teenager shenanigans takes a dramatic turn for the worse as it turns out Bee and her friends Max (Amell), Sonya (Lee), Allison (Thorne) and John (Bachelor) are devil worshippers. Cole must prepare to defend himself against them once he learns their secret.

 

Thoughts on The Babysitter

 

Characters – Cole is a high school student, he gets picked on daily even though he has a close friendship with his sexy babysitter. When he decides to stay up and learn what she gets up to when he is sleeping, he must learn to stand up for himself to stay alive. Bee is the sexy babysitter that is a fountain of geek knowledge which helps her friendship with Cole. It is when we see her darker side character that we get to see how see acts around her friends because of her alternative motives. Max, Sonya, Allison and John are the fellow friends that are involved in Bee’s big plan and worshipping.

PerformancesThis has some of the best performances in any horror comedy this year, Judah Lewis as the high schooler is great showing both the innocence of his struggle and the strength he has the ability to show. Samara Weaving gives us one of the strongest performances in horror in years, she knows her looks work for her character and the brains only develop her to the next level of bad. Robbie Amell gives us one of the most entertaining performance in the film because he plays the mentor without being a friend.

StoryThe story plays into the idea of what your babysitter is doing while you were sleeping, we go into a cult like status and a battle for life and death. If you could see Home Alone with a violent twist into survival horror. The tone of the film does shift but it does remain fun throughout the darker side of the film. The story does include original ideas even if you can see how the kills will end up going because the use of foreshadowing is slightly too in your face.

Comedy/HorrorThe horror comedy mixes together deliciously in this film, I felt the film had the same tone as Tucker & Dale vs Evil, balancing both very well.

SettingsMost of the action in the film takes place in the one home which I feel keeps the film contained in the battle for survival.

Special EffectsThe effects are used to make the kills look as brutal as they could, some do add to the comedy too.


Scene of the Movie –
Born to Run.

That Moment That Annoyed Me You can work out the kills a times.

Final ThoughtsThis is a wonderfully fun horror comedy that is getting the praise it deserves, it has moments of tension when needed while also spending time poking fun at the genre clichés.

 

Overall: Fun, entertaining and bloody delicious.

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