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Pitch Perfect


Pitch Perfect 1Pitch Perfect (2012)

Directed by Jason Moore

Based on the book “Pitch Perfect” by Mickey Rapkin

Screenplay by Kay Cannon

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Adam DeVine, Skylar Astin, Brittany Snow

Beca (Kendrick) is the newest member of the Bellas, an all-girl singing group. Now she’s using her unique ideas and energy to help them beat their on-campus rivals.

Pitch Perfect 3“Lezbe honest”, there haven’t been a ton of comedies made about the on-campus a cappella craze. It took the book by Mickey Rapkin to get this genre the recognition it lacked. Kay Cannon (30 Rock) adapted the book into the screenplay that Jason Moore (Sisters) worked with while directing this movie. The film stars Anna Kendrick (50/50), Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids), Adam DeVine (Neighbors), Skylar Astin (Wreck-It Ralph), and Brittany Snow (Hairspray).

Pitch Perfect 2It took a lot of imagination to build a story around something like an a cappella singing competition. Apparently Mickey Rapkin was up to the task, writing the book that led to the film. The story is surprisingly interesting while still hilarious and entertaining. The strength comes from the wide variety of memorable characters created for the story. The story also works in the musical numbers nicely, never seeming to interrupt the flow of the story. While this IS mostly a vehicle for unique versions of popular songs, there’s still a little meat on the story. It’s a fun one.

Pitch Perfect 10The acting in this movie is great, especially considering the wide range of skills required of the cast. The producers had to find people who could not only act, but also sing and dance. Anna Kendrick was a good start in their search. She has great comedic skill, but still comes off with a sense of sincerity that the role really needed. Her singing voice is just icing on the cake. Adam DeVine is another great addition to the film. His confidence plays nicely given the role he plays. He also has enough singing ability to keep up with the rest of the cast. Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, and Skylar Astin are just a few of the other great talents in this movie. The blend of comedic and musical talent really helps this movie rise above satire. The performances are memorable and the chemistry is evident from all of the stars.

Pitch Perfect 8The music, the music, the music. I don’t know what else to say about this movie. While I might not be the biggest connoisseur of a cappella music, this has some great performances. The song choices made, and the style with which they’re performed all seem to fit perfectly into the story. While I’m not going to buy the soundtrack, I did really enjoy the music in this one.

Pitch Perfect 9This movie does a great job blending adult comedy and music. If you’re a fan of any of the stars this is one you need to see. I would also recommend this one to fans of off-beat comedies. People who love musicals might enjoy this one, but they should be prepared for a different kind of experience. I give this one 4 out of 5 stars.

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 112 Minutes

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5 Comments on “Pitch Perfect”

  1. Dan O. February 9, 2015 at 12:46 PM #

    It’s sweet, likable, and goofy enough to be worth the watch. Although, I still wasn’t as in love with this as many others were. Maybe I have no soul or something. Good review.

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    • jeffro517 February 9, 2015 at 1:39 PM #

      I’m sure you’ve got a soul. I really liked this one, but it’s also clearly got a target audience that’s pretty narrow.

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