Entertainment Hive 2018

Pitch Perfect 3

Review by Honey B

Director:  Trish Sie Cast: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, John Lithgow, Elizabeth Banks, Ruby Rose Plot: Now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, the Bellas return in Pitch Perfect 3, the next chapter in the beloved series that has taken in more than $400 million at the global box office. After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren't job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time. Verdict: Pitch Perfect 3 delivers a fun, action-packed and satisfying swan song in the Bella’s last outing. Actually, the ladies of song cram a lot into a 90 minute movie from a whirlwind tour of Europe to trashing a hotel room, romances and blowing up a yacht. There may be a little bit too much going on in this movie but hey the edgy over-the-top feel is what made the first movie such a hit – and, of course, the music. Before the action gets underway, the harmonising former college music stars are faced with trying to fit into the real world and find jobs other than singing. Beca (Anna Kendrick) is finding it hard to produce music she is proud of and is particularly disillusioned, Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) relies on Beca and finds herself grappling with her past and the other girls just need one last curtain call. It’s no surprise they jump at the chance to take part in a mini- European tour and a competition to get signed by DJ Kahled. Competition is what drives these young ladies and they are up for it. The arrangements in this third instalment are spot on and the “riff off’’ is an absolute highlight as The Bellas go up against several different bands including a touch chick rock group, a country band and a hip hop crew. Ruby Rose as Calamity in the rock group Evermoist takes an instant dislike to the girls and her fierce ensemble is potentially the biggest threat to the Bellas. Rose was made for this role with her constant snarl and rocker attitude on show. The cracking one-liners and humour of this franchise are also a standout with Rebel Wilson showing off her powerful comedic timing, while commentators Gail (Elizabeth Banks) and John (John Michael Higgins) again get to play off of each other as they follow the Bellas around for a documentary. John Lithgow plays Fat Amy’s estranged father and this sub-plot in the flick turns the movie into an action blockbuster, However Lithgow has a pretty appalling Aussie accent. Much to Wilson’s credit she takes the added physicality with both hands and is thoroughly entertaining as she fights off bad guys. Kendrick is again a tiny powerhouse throughout the film and is the perfect gutsy, sweet foil to Wilson’s brash and ballsy character. While the script isn’t as strong or coherent as in the previous two films, there’s still plenty to enjoy. It’s a thrill to see these flawed characters aim for the high notes again and to revel in the aca-sensation and music of this franchise. Sing it one last time!  (Movies are rated out of 5 stars)
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