Counterpoint: Pitch Perfect not much to rave about
By Julie Anderson
3 out of 5 stars
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Pitch Perfect, which was predicted by some critics to be the biggest female-oriented comedy since Bridesmaids, did not necessarily live up to the hype. While this comparison may have made it extremely difficult for Pitch Perfect to live up to expectations, the film proves on its own that the only similarity between the two is an actress.
The film surrounds two rival a cappella groups: the all-female Bellas and the all-male Treble Makers. The Bellas have always been in the shadow of the nationally ranked Treble Makers, but it seems that their luck may change with the addition of Beca (Anna Kendrick). Although Beca is reluctant to join, she is taken under the wing of senior member Chloe (Brittany Snow). Beca uses her musical aptitude as a DJ to inspire the group with fresh ideas, which is viewed as a threat by the reigning leader of the group, Aubrey (Anna Camp). Additionally, Beca befriends Jesse (Skylar Astin), the newest recruit for The Treble Makers. This, combined with the rest of The Bellas motley crew of characters, may affect their chance at finally beating The Treble Makers.
Undoubtedly, the main reason to see this film should be for Rebel Wilson, who plays the hilariously charming character of Fat Amy. Wilson is clearly the breakout star of the film, delivering numerous one-liners. The strange, quiet girl Lilly (Hana Mae Lee) was also surprising funny, playing up her creepiness to get uncomfortable laughter from the audience. Other than these two characters though, everyone else stuck to their roles as predictably as they could. Beca was the rebel with a chip on her shoulder, Aubrey was the uptight control freak, Bumper (Adam DeVine) is the pompous jerk and leader of The Treble Makers, and so on.
Another disappointment aspect of the movie was that the scenes were often arranged in an odd way, which made following conversations somewhat difficult. Shots would jump around without any set focus on a particular subject, which ultimately effected the tone of the film; what would normally be a sentimental moment would suddenly go to crazy, slapstick humor. I often wasn’t sure how to feel as an audience member.
At the very basic level, Pitch Perfect functions as any typical movie: A girl tries to fit in with a group of underdogs and together they try to rise to the top. Throw in a romantic entanglement and some hijinks along the way, and that’s the movie. The covers of the songs were interesting but no different than watching an episode of Glee.
Pitch Perfect straddles the line between teen movie and raunchy comedy, but doesn’t quite reach either. I really wanted to like it more than I did; after all, there’s really no reason not to. But Pitch Perfect just didn’t satisfy the void for a predominantly female comedy like the critics boasted it might.