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Musical Comedy with Fine Music and Familiar Comedy
on July 17, 2015
Whether you like the film itself or not, you will admit there is one good thing in “Pitch Perfect”: acapella performances. Well, it may not be as good as you expected, but still it is fine. Don’t expect more than that, and perhaps you will enjoy the musical comedy, despite the predictable story and stereotyped characters.
Anna Kendrick is Beca Mitchell, a freshman, who is recruited into an all-female acapella group the Barden Bellas. Skylar Astin is Jesse Swanson, a nice and outgoing guy who joins another group Treblemakers. Part of the film is about their romantic relationship, and two stars did a decent job.
But the film’s storyline is weak. Beca says she really wants to be a DJ, which is not very convincing. Beca is rebellious enough to disobey the group’s leader on stage, but will not quit the group, or the college for that matter. Why should we follow this impossible and almost non-existent story, especially when she is often an unlikable person?
The reason is, of course, the film’s musical set-pieces, and they are decent. The rest of the film is just another formulaic Hollywood-made college comedy.