I’m gonna be straight up. This review of Pitch Perfect will be biased. There is simply no way that I would not absolutely adore a film about geeky singing clubs, particularly when said singers go node to node in an a cappella riff-off featuring the 80’s classic No Diggity. Oh, and did I mention that there are enough 80’s references to wake you up before you go go, including an ode to John Hughes that made me stop the world and melt with you? So if you want an aca-urate, impartial review of the film, read this one by David Edelstein, or this one. . . Oh wait, all the other reviews of this movie gush over it as much as I do. Forget it, stay here and read on.
Pitch Perfect is pitch perfect. You’ll be grinning from ear to ear, with the catchy song choices, a barf scene that joins the ranks of Stand By Me, the non-stereotypical stereotypes, the talented cast, and the witty writing, straight from the funny brain of former 30 Rock writer, Kay Cannon. This 112-minute battle of GLEEesque acapella singing groups, flourished with a charming love story, coed antics, and unexpected melodies, will make you belly laugh throughout, cringe occasionally (you know, like you do when watching Curb Your Enthusiasm), and sing Ace of Bass for no less than a week after you leave the theater.
Beca, the main character, played by Anna Kendrick of Up in the Air, is a college freshman who likes to keep to herself while mixing classics like early Jackson 5 with Bruno Mars on her high-tech portable music-mixing machine.
Her love interest, Jesse, played by Skylar Astin, walks the fine line between cool and dork, dipping his toe into both sides at various points of the film. When the two of them find themselves on dueling a capella teams, the the heat is on.
Not only did I find myself drawn to the magnetic chemistry between Kendricks and Astin, but I was also completely engaged by the entire ensemble cast, comprised of young budding stars, actors, comedians and one songwriter who is rocking the pop charts right now, Ester Dean (look her up, her resume is amazing). Most notable was Rebel Wilson of Bridemaids fame, whose character, Fat Amy, has no shame to her game, or her name, and drops hilarious one-liners that were partially scripted and partially on her own a-chord.
Joining her in the hilarious category is Adam Devine as Bumper, whose name alone cracks me up. Comedian Hana Mae Lee as Lillly, the softest crooner ever who “starts fires for joy,” was the other stand out performance to me, as well as the cameos made by co-producer Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins.
It was obvious while watching the movie, how much fun the cast and crew must have had making it (and it certainly was obvious after interviewing all of them), and that fun spills out from behind the screen, into the audience. So that’s it in a Cliff Note, or should I say clef note? It’s just pure, un-accompanied fun.
Pitch Perfect opens nationwide on Friday, October 5th. Go see it!
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