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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ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nomination – B – Bridesmaids (2011)

Director: Paul Feig

Writer: Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo (Screenplay)

Starring: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, Ellie Kemper, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Rebel Wilson

 

Plot: Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride’s best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Standard and Forgettable

 

Story: Bridesmaids starts as we meet Annie (Wiig) a woman down on her luck, be it love or in business, her best friend Lillian (Rudolph) gets engaged leading to Annie needing to meet Lillian’s other friends including biggest rival Helen (Byrne) and the mother of three Rita (McLendon-Covey), newlywed Becca (Kemper), loud mouth future sister in law Megan (McCarthy) as they prepare for the big day.

As the wedding planning continues Helen and Annie’s rivalry increases as Annie is forced into going to Vegas with the rest of the bridesmaids as the wedding day comes closer.

 

Thoughts on Bridesmaids

 

Characters – Annie is the woman watching how her best friend is getting married with a new group of friends where she doesn’t fit in with as much, she isn’t having her own luck in love either and her career is gone down the drain. Lillian is the one getting married, she must remain calm as her friends look to become friends with each other. Helen is the rival friend, she comes from money showing Lillian a different life than the one she would have without Annie around, Helen does seem to be trying to replace Annie. We have three other bridesmaids that all have their unique personas with the married with kids one, the newlywed and the crazy one that gets most of the laughs.

PerformanceKristen Wiig is good in the main role as the woman whose life is falling apart or never where she wanted to be. Maya Rudolph gives the most natural performance in the film never trying to grab a laugh like most of the rest of the cast. Rose Byrne continues to show he ability to dive into different roles. I am hugely confused why people went mad over Melissa McCarthy’s performance in this film got an Oscar nomination it was nothing memorable.

StoryThe story focuses on one woman whose life isn’t going the way she thought it would be, the engagement of her best friend seems to be the final straw, we do get to see how friendships can get tested to levels as time goes by and friends make new friends, a problem we all go through but in the end we get a lot of filler for the supporting bridesmaids in the film, that doesn’t connect to Annie which the story hints at it being her reaction to most things.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy does feel like it misses on the most part, we get a couple of good laughs but otherwise the jokes feel very forced.

SettingsThe settings mostly come off as misses as nothing becomes overly iconic in anyway which leaves us not sure where certain parts of the movie are set.

Scene of the Movie – Most of John Hamm’s scenes.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The hype doesn’t live up to it.

Final ThoughtsThis is a comedy that I only heard good things about and I couldn’t happen to think it was overrated and boring in places.

 

Overall: Standard comedy that doesn’t hit very often.

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Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

casting cardDirector: Elizabeth Banks

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.

 

Actor Review

 

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 BanksElizabeth 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.

 

Believability: No

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.

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Grimsby (2016)

casting cardDirector: Louis Leterrier

Writer: Sacha Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston, Peter Baynham (Screenplay) Sacha Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston (Story)

Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Rebel Wilson, Mark Strong, Isla Fisher, Johnny Vegas, Scott Adkins, Penelope Cruz, Gabourey Sidibe

 

Plot: A new assignment forces a top spy to team up with his football hooligan brother.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Just Awful

 

Story: Grimsby starts as we meet council estate football hooligan Nobby (Cohen) who has a large family but has been searching for his long lost brother Sebastian (Strong) his whole life. Sebastian is a secret agent working for MI6.

When Nobby learns that Sebastian is still alive he finds him in the middle of a mission and accidently makes Sebastian the prime suspect in a terrorist attack which is really being run by Rhonda George (Cruz). Reluctantly the two have to work together to clear Sebastian’s name and keep Nobby’s family safe.

Grimsby is an action comedy story that understands that it is happy to parody plenty of films. The problem is the parody gets lost in the humiliating grossed out comedy that is going on. The secret agent stuff is passable but sadly the comedy kills any of this. So many of the scenes in this film come off awkward and the only remotely good thing about this movie is that villain plans could make sense.

 

Actor Review

 

Sacha Baron Cohen: Nobby is a football hooligan living in the council estates in Grimsby who has always kept hope that his brother will return to his life. When he finds out about his brother he finds himself having getting in his brother’s way and having to take part in the latest mission. Sacha is an actor I believe has all the talent in the world but he keeps doing all these awful roles.

Mark Strong: Sebastian is the slick spy that has been working on his latest mission when Nobby interferes making him the prime suspect. He wants to clean his name but has to work with his idiot brother leaving him having to face his hardest mission to date. Mark is an actor I have huge respect for but I found myself wondering why on Earth he took this role that fully embarrasses him.

Rebel Wilson: Dawn is the girlfriend of Nobby, she is the perfect match for him without being anything to involved. Rebel is nothing but a supporting character not getting the time needed on camera to make anything happen.

Penelope Cruz: Rhonda is the famous face planning the attack, while her plan is one of the better ones from a villain we barely even get to see her character on screen. Penelope is one of the few highlights but she just doesn’t get the time to shine.

Support Cast: Grimsby has a supporting cast all designed to add extra laughs through the different situations our character finds themselves in.

Director Review: Louis LeterrierLouis does try his best with a poor script but this film won’t leave him with a good reputation in comedy.

 

Action: Grimsby has very simple action that doesn’t add anything to the story.

Comedy: Grimsby doesn’t hit any good comedy marks in my eyes with most being crude throughout.

Settings: Grimsby throws the characters into random location which well don’t get used well enough.
Special Effects
: Grimsby has lazy effects that just don’t work and are awkward throughout.

Suggestion: Grimsby is one to avoid at all costs. (Avoid)

 

Best Part: Villain’s plan.

Worst Part: Where do I start?

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: Yes

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

Tagline: Behind every hero is an embarrassing sibling

 

Overall: Dentist treatment is more enjoyable than this film.

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Franchise Weekend – Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)

casting card

 

Plot: Larry spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Nice Conclusion to Trilogy

 

Story: Night at the Museum 3 Secret of the Tomb starts by taking us back to 1938 when Ankmenrah (Malek) tomb is discovered saying about a curse. Move back to present day and the Natural History Museum where Larry (Stiller) is preparing for a big show but the tablet has started to corrode which makes the exhibits acting out of character.

Larry must learn the story about the tablet from an old enemy Cecil (Van Dyke). This leads Larry to travel to London with Teddy Roosevelt (Williams), Jedediah (Owen Wilson), Octavius (Coogan), Attila (Gallagher), Sacajawea (Peck) Dexter and Laaa (Stiller) to learn the secret of the tablet and along the way make some new friends from history.

Night at the Museum 3 Secret of the Tomb has story that is fitting to finish any trilogy because we get to see Larry move on the way he wanted to in his life, we also get an adventure in another famous museum bringing it over to my shores of England. This side of the story was good without being outstanding. The hardest part of this move to watch now is the final act in the London museum because of the speech Robin Williams gives will bring a tear your eye. I will say this feel like what Toy Story 3 was with the time to move on side to the story working really well, but not reaching the same levels.

 

Actor Review

 

Ben Stiller: Larry is now the ‘effects’ man within the museum but when the tablet starts corroding he must find the answers in the London museum where the adventure becomes a battle for life and death as he deals with his parenting issues. Ben is good in this leading role where he does have a few serious scenes as well as the comic ones.

Robin Williams: Teddy Roosevelt comes along on the adventure once the tablet starts losing its powers which causes him to act out of character, he continues to give the lines that shows Larry needs advice for. Robin is good in this role that is very difficult to watch in the final act.

Owen Wilson: Jedediah along with his best friend Octavius get stuck in the middle on their own adventure in the London museum, he is the cowboy character we all know and love in this film. Owen is good in this role playing to his strengths.

Steve Coogan: Octavius is Roman general that works with Jedediah in a good set of adventures that all add to the comedy involved in the story. Steve is good in this supporting role where we see his comic side shine through.

Support Cast: Night at the Museum 3 Secret of the Tomb has one of the smallest supporting casts with only a few characters used from the original and only a few added in the London museum.

Director Review: Shawn LevyShawn finishes the trilogy very well with the touching moments that work for real life events.

 

Adventure: Night at the Museum 3 Secret of the Tomb takes the adventure to London where we get what we have seen before.

Comedy: Night at the Museum 3 Secret of the Tomb has good laughs that will have things for everyone while some are good to me others missed.

Family: Night at the Museum 3 Secret of the Tomb is one the whole family could enjoy from start to finish.

Fantasy: Night at the Museum 3 Secret of the Tomb continues the fantasy elements of the story without being too different.

Settings: Night at the Museum 3 Secret of the Tomb uses the London museum which work without being anything new.
Special Effects
: Night at the Museum 3 Secret of the Tomb has what I would consider the worst effects in the trilogy where you can clearly see the CGI moments which is really disappointing.

Suggestion: Night at the Museum 3 Secret of the Tomb is one the whole family could enjoy from start to finish. (Family Watch)

 

Best Part: Williams final scenes.

Worst Part: I am a fan of Rebel Wilson I do really think she is funny but in this she comes off very awkward.

Funniest Scene: Pompeii

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: Maybe in the final act.

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $127 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

Tagline: One final night to save the day

 

Overall: Beautiful goodbye to the characters we have all come to know and love.

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