Pitch Perfect 2 is a 2015 American musical comedy film produced and directed by Elizabeth Banks and written by Kay Cannon. It is a sequel to the 2012 film and centers around the all-female a capella singing group in their attempts to win the World Championship.
I don't know why I had such pleasantries about the first film. Maybe I found there to be some charm with Anna Kendrick's performance, or maybe I found it refreshing to see a film about an a capella group. I don't know but whatever was there wasn't in this film.
Their singing is still on-key and their performances are admirable but the film aspect is where everything struggles and becomes abrasive. Rebel Wilson's character has always been one that I don't really understand or like very much. Dubbed as Fat Amy, the character exudes confidence and a vivacious attitude that the film constantly tries to meddle with. The character doesn't inspire individuals to be comfortable with their bodies because she's always the punchline to everyone's joke. They aren't laughing with her as much as they are laughing at her, mocking her for wardrobe malfunctions and constantly insulting or poking fun at her physical appearance. Which isn't something to be too annoyed with, but there isn't any wit to the humor either. She doesn't have to be a role model for youngsters, there is no obligation, in film, your only obligation is to be entertaining, and this film fails at that. For Fat Amy's character, the humor is mostly centered around being out-of-shape, and that's a gag that has been beat to death. Plain and simple, it isn't funny and instead, it's campy and comes off as a lazy attempt at comic relief that falls flat more often than not. Nobody else has any jokes or entertainment-value in-terms of actual dialogue or action. Anna Kendrick makes sexual comments about a rival a cappela band every once in a while though. Elizabeth Banks and John Higgins drop deprecating humor about The Bellas, but besides the initial novelty of it all that wore thin in the first film, they rarely say anything with any merit other than shock-value.
The story itself is about as paper-thin and thrown together as they come, with a feeling that its existence isn't necessary and was only thrown together in an attempt to capture the same magic (I'm assuming, once again, I can't remember enough about the first film, but once again, pleasant thoughts.) as its predecessor. Something feels 'off' about all the characters, like somebody who couldn't get in the mind of any of them, tried to envision where they would go next. The upside of it all is, of course, the actual competitions and the contests that happen. Like I said, The Bellas have many talented singers within them, and the rival-groups, also have singing chops to entertain the masses. The underlying stories and subplots all feel unneeded and take away from the talent of its cast.
In the end, Pitch Perfect 2 feels like an unpolished debut directorial effort from Elizabeth Banks who will hopefully use this as a means to catapult her to better things and continue to improve with each effort.The film feels strikingly unnecessary and like it doesn't have any of the charm that the last one had, it's bad and it's boring. A shame, considering the talent involved in it. I can only hope that this is the last of them, or that they find a way to make it fun, because considering this film is set to make at least twice what the first one made, I have no doubts they'll all be back for Pitch Perfect 3. I can't say that I will.