Cert: 12 A Runtime: 112 mins Director: Jason Moore Cast: Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Ben Platt, Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp and John Benjamin Hickey
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After hearing about Pitch Perfect from numerous friends, I thought I would give it a go. It seemed like an utter cliché of a film, like Glee but it wasn’t what I expected. So what is Pitch Perfect? The Barden Bellas are a collegiate, all-girls a cappella singing group thriving on female pop songs and their perfect looks. After a disastrous failing at last year’s finals, they are forced to regroup. Among the new recruits is freshman Beca (Anna Kendrick), an independent, aspiring DJ with no interest in the college life. But after she meets Jesse (Skylar Astin), from the rival all-male a cappella group, Beca has a new outlook and takes it upon herself to help the Bellas find their new look and sound and get back into the competition. One of the many charmingly realistic things about Pitch Perfect is it steers clear of the typical teen romance trap, and collectively subverts them by staying focused on the misfit Bellas and the competition at hand, rather than the relationships they may go on to form. This was a more mature film than I expected to see, with a stable commentary on the quirks of life and the beauty of being different. Even the film stays away from lackluster character stereotypes, making The Treblemakers pompous and self-consumed, yet truly showing that they have talent and possess serious singing skills.During more than one of the numbers, I questioned how, um, authentic some of this singing was.
Sometimes, we can tell that the beautiful Anna Kendrick is singing songs like “Titanium” and see that The Treblemakers are perfectly recreating a beat-less version of “Right Round,” but at other times we can see that some of the sounds are rather unnatural. Let me just say that the vocals occasionally sound widely overproduced and some of the musical sounds mirror those of synthesizers.Yet this isn’t enough of a problem to distract the viewer greatly. Director Jason Moore makes smart decisions about keeping the direction fast-paced, and screenwriter Kay Cannon is aware of the female adolescent culture and can near perfectly replicate it. Not every decision is a surefire hit, seeing as there are far too many jokes about projectile vomit and one random and unnecessary scene that takes place shortly after the second instance. Regardless, it can be noted that Pitch Perfect is one of the most impressive and complete tween efforts of the year, showing little immaturity, but a grand amount of understanding of the increasingly complex teenage demographic.