Verdict: 4 / 5
There are only three syllables that can perfectly describe Pitch Perfect 2; aca-awesome.
The sequel to Pitch Perfect definitely lives up to the hype of the first film, if not exceeding it. Expecting to see a rerun of all the jokes previewed in the trailer, I was pleasantly surprised to find this wasn’t even the start of the hilarity of the film.
Just as quickly as Fat Amy’s pants disappeared, so did the Barden Bella’s title as three-time national champions. Carrying their disgrace, their only chance for redemption is winning the biggest international competition in the acapella world. The introduction of a new generation is seen through Emily (Hailee Steinfeld), a new member of the group, and a Bella legacy.
During this heated time, Beca (Anna Kendrick) starts an internship at a record label run by Keegan Michael Key. Although this portion of the movie is only a sub-plot, Keegan Michael Key’s no-bulls**t producer persona make for some of the best comedy in the movie. Beca struggles to find her ‘voice’ as an artist and has to prove herself as more than just a Bella.
Although Pitch Perfect 2 is fairly hopeless in the way of a good plot, it has established itself as a movie driven by raunchy gags and endless but no less surprising one-liners. The overall impact of the acapella performances aren’t as impressive as before. But with a riff off based on John Meyer’s ex’s, how can you not love this movie?
The German competitors, with their mildly offensive accents, added a nice change to the stagnant college demographic. The choreographer Aakomon Jones makes the dancing just as exciting and there are some unexpected covers including Lollipop, Tsunami and Uprising arranged by Ed Boyer.
If you are looking for a plot you won’t find it here, but if you want a two-hour laugh, this is it. This might just be the best comedic sequel released.