The only reason I decided to watch the movie Pitch Perfect is because I am a lover of music, musicals and how music can be portrayed in various art forms. I have watched music evolve in a way from one point to another in my short period here on surface earth and have come to the conclusion that the best trigger of emotion from people is music.
Have you ever wondered why over the course of every generation, there are a set of musicals people can point to as belonging to their generation; from the cool musicals to the weird ones, from the creative ones to the ones that just imitate, from the ones with popular culture to the ones you just cannot identify with, all have a way of fitting into a niche from a very wide audience.
Pitch perfect is one of the musicals I would classify as somewhere in the middle of a Venn diagram of cool music imitating/based on popular culture. It is loosely adapted from a book and portrays some cool ‘Acapella’ runs that make you want to check out the people who actually do things like that over on YouTube.
I did not know most of the songs they sang in the film but I was quite impressed by the things they were doing with their mouths alone (not as impressed as with some of the things I’ve watched online though).
While some of you may know the ‘Acapella’ artform currently exists, movies have a way of introducing people to things they may not have known before and Pitch Perfect executes that really well.
[toggle title=”Plot/Production“]Removing all the music and excitement of watching a movie like this, the Plot was genuinely solid. It’s sort of a coming of age film where some of the characters are maturing and making decisions that would probably determine the directional course of their lives at least for a bit.
The little things they do matter a lot because they make up the whole; so going through this film you see characters trying to deal with success, ‘failure’, tolerance, trust, teamwork etc as they do what they love…..Sing ‘Acapella’.
Production was also very good and you can see the work put into making the music what it is. I would not call it the best on this level but I believe it fit well into the current state of music in the world and would carry most of the audience along very well.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Cast“]Beca Mitchelle played by Anna Kendrick
This young woman was at a place in her life where she thought school was a total waste of her time and life. It’s good she had some reasonable folks in her space to push her out of that space. No doubt she was a very creative person and could have done really well but I am of the opinion people are so much in a hurry to grow up these days and rush the process of maturing and developing properly. The world is in such a hurry today, and while doing things early is all and well, I am not of the opinion that she should have just cut off going to school. (My Opinion though).
I did like the character and the personality portrayed and how she could still grow and learn and tolerate so well with her equally strong character. Good job Ms Kendrick on a memorable performance.
Jesse Swanson played by Skylar Astin
Obviously there has to be a budding romance or the film would not be complete. This guy was a good, fun-loving very likeable character and Skylar looked like he had fun playing the role, he just wasn’t the most memorable of characters at the end of the day.
Aubrey Posen played by Anna Camp
I understand this young woman and her quest for success but if you want a dictionary definition for dictatorship then you can just point at her. This is the sort of person that claims to be doing everything by the book while bullying everyone to have her way. Was she so blind she failed to realize that what they were doing was not working? (At least if they wanted to win). The whole thing had become almost like a religious ritual to her.
I was expecting someone to deck some sense into her long before the eventual revolt but I guess all is well that ends well. Mehn this was one annoying character! Meaning the actor did a really good job or is just as annoying in person. Lol, I hope not.
Fat Amy/Fat Patricia played by Rebel Wilson
If anyone is to be pointed to as the life of this movie then it would definitely be this character. She radiates self-assurance in a body that should naturally ooze insecurity and self-esteem issues. It was refreshing to hear some wit regarded as comedy even if it still had the crude stuff. There was a time comedy was more intellectual but I guess we are in a space now where as someone put it: Stupid sells!
[toggle title=”Supporting Cast“]Very well-rounded supporting cast in this movie which included
- Cynthia Rose played by Ester Dean in her acting debut (Ester Dean is a very popular songwriter who has written with the likes of Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry, Keri Hilson, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Nicki Minaj, Kelly Clarkson, Ciara, Nicole Scherzinger, Usher, Kelly Rowland, Rihanna, R. Kelly, Britney Spears, Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em, Tinie Tempah, and Lil Wayne just to name a few J )
- Hana Mae Lee who ate her twin in the womb and
- The two silly folks making commentary during the competitions played by Elizabeth Banks (who also produced the film) and John Michael Higgins.
Going through the movie once again I realize I really enjoyed it. It was real fun to watch and if you want to just have a light evening of laughing I recommend you watch Pitch Perfect.