Less than Perfect

Oh, the sequel game. Here we are yet again. At this point, while I always hope good movies are successful enough to make a profit and be rewarded, box office phenomenons are a dangerous thing. Why is this? Because nowadays, even the mildest hit has studio execs clamoring for a sequel. Not that I'm even saying the original Pitch Perfect was a really good movie, but it was pleasant enough. So pleasant, that its crowd-pleasability inevitably called for a sequel. So is this unnecessary sequel the rare exception that justifies its existence, or better yet improves on the original? Unfortunately, in this girl's opinion at least, the answer is neither.

This movie is dealing with a lot of problems; somehow it manages to be too much and not enough all at once. So much is crammed into this movie that they have a hard time focusing on any particular aspect for too long. The sequel picks up three years after the first movie ends. After a public embarrassment, the Barden Bellas find themselves once again as the underdogs and Anna Kendrick's Beca comes to a personal crossroads. But that's not all! There's an official new Bella, as well as a couple other new faces to the group that are never really directly addressed and two additional romances (unfortunately at the expense of the first movie's main couple whose story is completely sidelined this time.) With all this new material, the side characters who were already such thinly drawn stereotypes in the first movie get even less to do this time. And the humor that comes at the expense of those stereotypes more often led to groans than chuckles.

Though Pitch Perfect 2 is generally uninspired, it is not without it's redeeming qualities. The edition of Anna Kendrick's side story about working at a recording studio is actually a good one. It's nice step for her character to take from the first installment and it's nice to see her talent get challenged for once. Also just as with the original film, Rebel Wilson gets blessed with all the best dialogue...the new Guatemalan character, on the other hand, gets stuck with the worst. But the best thing about Pitch Perfect 2? They ditched the vomit humor. Then again, they replaced that with a barrage of Fat Amy vagina jokes...so I'm not really sure if it's an improvement or not. Fans of the original need not worry too much though; the beats are similar enough and the characters they love still remain very much themselves, so you'll probably have a fun time. I, on the other hand, found it to be unfortunately mediocre. EMILY RATING: 5.5/10


Sarah said...

I thought you had a special place in your heart for vomit jokes. :) At least, that's what I remember from our younger days. Jane Austen's Mafia, anyone? :)

Johanna said...

Rare is the time when lightning strikes twice. Anchorman 2 anyone? I think it's even harder for a comedy than a drama. I guess I'll sit this one out.