I was a big fan of the show The Sing Off. I felt really bad when it was cancelled because I thought so many of the groups featured there had a lot of talent and I knew that I would not be able to see things like that anywhere else.
If you've been a reader of mine for a some time now, you’d know that I’m a big music lover. I grew up with my father playing all types of music and singing along with him and my sisters whenever we felt like it. That being said, it should not be much of a surprise that when I heard about this movie about acapella groups, I wanted to watch it because of my affinity to acapella and music in general.
Pitch Perfect is the story of the Barden Bellas, an all-female acapella group who lost in a previous national competition and wants to make a comeback. With the help of new recruits that include the funny Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson), tomboy Cynthia Rose (Ester Dean, who sang with Chris Brown in the song Drop It Low) and the "rebel" Becca (Anna Kendrick), the group takes on a new direction and eventually wins the national competition.
I didn't care much for the story, there isn't that much to it. What I was really after was the music and the singing. I love how these acapella groups can interpret a song and the music with just their voices. That takes a lot of talent a creativity to do.
There were several songs featured in the movie (and in the soundtrack) that I loved, but I’d have to say my favorites would be Cups (a solo by Anna Kendrick) and the riff-off songs (Mickey/Like a Virgin/Hit Me With Your Best Shot/S&M/Let’s Talk About Sex/I’ll Make Love to You/Feels Like the First Time/No Diggity). The short rendition of David Guetta’s Titanium was good too. I actually fell in love with Titanium because of this movie.
One song that I didn't appreciate much was Right Round by The Treblemakers. It’s something that I heard before on The Sing Off. I loved the version of The Beelzebubs and I recognized the arrangement right away when I heard it. They could have at least changed it up a little!
If you like music and singing and are in for a no-need-to-think-much kind of entertainment, this is a film to watch. It’s entertaining and has it’s funny moments but it’s not the “wow, I loved it” type of thing. It kind of grows on you if you listen to the soundtrack long enough though. Rebel Wilson is funny in this movie. I think she's one of the reasons why I enjoyed the film. That scene where she’s hit by burritos? Loved it!
I heard there are talks for a part 2 with Rebel Wilson and the male lead, Skylar Astin. Hmm, just might catch that one too.
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