Okay, I’m reviewing another movie, but this should be it for a while.
Pitch Perfect is a fun, uplifting movie. Not only are the songs great, the songs are presented as performances—in contrast to musicals, where people burst out in song for no reason. You can completely enjoy the singing, even if you don’t like the plot.
Don’t get me wrong, I liked the story. They didn’t pretend to do anything original. Anna Kendrick plays Beca, the smart new girl who comes along to an all girl group of singers, is looked down upon by the leader, but eventually is able to remix their act. What I like about this movie is it’s an old story done well.
Kendrick herself is amazing. When she does her audition for the group, the movie theater I was in was hushed in amazement. I knew she was an actress but had no idea she had that level of talent. And she’s completely believable as the seemingly unflappable girl who knows her stuff, but has a good deal of brittleness beneath the cool exterior.
All the songs are a capella. The boy group who are their bitter rivals are amazing. And when the leader of the girls keeps insisting they sing “I Saw the Sign,” it is laugh out loud funny. After a certain unpleasant character leaves the story, there are no bad guys when it comes down to the final competition. Just enjoyable singing that leaves the viewer with a lift.
I now have two different pictures of Anna Kendrick as desktops, one at home and one at work.