A few years ago, a TV show entered our lives that would change the world. That show was Glee, with it’s funky geekdom of song and quirkiness, Glee inspired tonnes of people that show choir is cool again.
The Glee influence had brought back an era of musical TV and film which uses the fun pop element and twists it classically and creates a whole new genre. And it’s into this genre that Pitch Perfect sits.
Part Romance and part Gleekdom, Pitch Perfect takes the age old story of new girl at school (Anna Kendrick) falling for cute guy with aspirations (Skylar Astin) and through various trials and tribulations (being on opposite singing teams in this case) brings them closer together.
The story is a simple one but used well in a blend of the touching Teenage get-together movie style we are so used to seeing and this new found love for all things musical-mash-up.
Kendrick’s character joins the Bellas, a down-on-their-luck all female acapella show choir who desperately need to audition for newbies as the previous ones have graduated. Naturally along comes a whole host of social misfits including a whispering girl and Fat Amy played by Rebel Wilson. And it’s here that the film finds its comedic outlet, mainly through plenty of fat jokes.
The problem with this film was that unfortunately, most of the actual funny bits were in the trailer, so if you have seen that, then you’re not going to be treated to much more comedy.
The songs and the set pieces, such as the riff-off are inspired and work really well with a really good mix of tunes that you will recognise instantly.
In summary, a fine film with some nice performances, but it did just feel like an extended episode of Glee.