‘Pitch Perfect 2’ was entertaining but failed to live up to the original.

As much as I was excited to see this film, along with a cameo of acapella group Pentatonix, I was a little disappointed in the film. As most sequel’s are, they’re never as good as the first. There are a few obvious exceptions, but they’re few and far between.

There wasn’t the same magic as the first film and there didn’t seem to be enough of an obstacle the sub-plot of Becca’s personal life in the record studio that she just seemed to easily breeze through into the boss’ good graces. There was no build up, no real tension. It may have been that the film was trying to take on too much and didn’t know how to handle it. Pitch Perfect seemed to try and emulate its predecessors success and never really got close to even achieving that. And the songs were nowhere near as well arranged or performed as they should be.

And just a question: how did the Bella’s manage to afford to fly to Copenhagen? Flights like that aren’t cheap and I didn’t expect the Bella’s to be loaded but I guess that’s something the audience is meant to accept and move on for the other spectacles the film presented.

And also: if you get invited to a party at a house where a creepy guy in a bathrobe opens the door and there’s no one else inside, isn’t that a clear sign just to run?

There are some nice themes such as how scary it is to leave university, growing up, and friendship, but those moments are pulled down by the hints of racism and sexism. If anything, it was an awkward laugh that was forced from the audience.

Don’t get me wrong though. The film was entertaining and not something to be read even the slightest bit into but for me, at least, it didn’t quite live up to the original

Film-O-Meter: 5/10.

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