Pitch Perfect: Not a Note Out of Orderby Kiara Daswani on Oct, 02 2012
This is a collaborative article between Kiara Daswani and Surmayee Tetarbe.
Last week we had the pleasure of watching an early screening of the movie Pitch Perfect, centered around the lives of collegiate a cappella singers. The movie was a fun and thoroughly entertaining two hours – a much-needed break from the stress of midterm season.
The story is a familiar one – the new, antisocial girl on campus, Beca (Anna Kendrick), joins an all-girl underdog a cappella team, faces a few setbacks, and then becomes their rising star and key to success. The movie adds several interesting characters and dynamics to keep the audience constantly engaged despite its extremely Glee-like nature.
Hands down, Rebel Wilson steals the screen as “Fat Amy”, contributing to the comedic merit of the movie. In addition, the “villains” of the movie – the douchey all-boys a cappella team – don’t disappoint in their roles either. Girls will swoon over Skylar Astin’s performance as Jesse, the nice guy with the voice of an angel (everything a girl could ever want in a guy). And, of course Anna Kendrick and her sidekick, Brittany Snow, play their parts perfectly – with Kendrick adding just enough sweet in her character’s spicy personality to make her role believable. Overall, the acting in this movie is great. Are they going to win the next Oscar? Probably not. But they’ll definitely keep you entertained all 112 minutes.
Musically, this movie upholds the promises of the trailer, with great renditions of both classic and Top 40 songs. However, unlike musicals, the characters don’t spontaneously break out into song. The final scene showcases a very diverse collection of songs – ranging from Bruno Mars to the theme song of Breakfast Club. The actors’ singing matches up well with their acting skills. So often it is easy to lose one or the other, but every actor manages to keep it balanced in this movie. You’ll definitely find yourself singing, dancing along with, and rooting for your favorite characters.
Even though the movie plot and song mashups can get cheesy and cliché, you will still leave with a warm and fuzzy feeling and a smile on your face. Don’t walk in expecting a revolutionary idea, but definitely do walk in if you are craving a feel-good movie.