Movie Review: Pitch Perfect

I am spectacularly tone deaf, to the point where I love to live vicariously through tv shows and movies where singing is involved. Not just musicals (although they do hold a very fond spot in my heart), but movies where singing is a key plot point. 

There’s only one thing I love more than singing, and that’s a cappella. 

When you combine a cappella with hilarious actresses like Rebel Wilson and Anna Kendrick, and totally hot male leads like Skylar Astin, well, you get something that I’m definitely going to enjoy. 

Like Perks, I missed seeing Pitch Perfect in cinemas due to my travels, but was elated to find it on my plane. 

Pitch Perfect tells the story of university freshman Beca who just wants to work in music production, but who’s father is a Professor who insists she completes her studies. After being overheard singing in the shower, she is forced to audition for her school’s all girl a cappella group, the Bella’s. 

What follows is a hilarious journey through the a cappella choir competition, complete with rivalries, love interests, brilliant songs, and requisite drama. And quite possibly the best character entrance ever when male lead Jesse shows up (but then again, I’m a sucker for singing guys). 

Think of a season of Glee, set in university, condensed into an hour and a half, with no annoying or creepy story lines, and you’ll have a good idea of what to expect from the movie. 

Just everything about the movie is brilliant. From “Fat Amy” who introduces herself that way because she knows people will call her that anyway (Rebel Wilson is so awesome at playing totally kick ass characters), to the Beca/Jesse storyline (spoilers: but I admit I started crying when Beca started singing “Don’t You Forget About Me” in the finals), I laughed my way through the entire film. 

It’s fluff, with no overwhelming messages to be gained, but sometimes all you need is a fluffy movie to warm your heart (especially with movies like “Les Mis” and “The Impossible” around at the moment).

If you’re not into the show choir genre, I’d stay way, way, away from it, but if you’re looking for a heart warming comedy with some totally awesome tunes and some brilliant female leads, then Pitch Perfect is definitely for you. 

Rating: 5/5
Released By: Universal Pictures

Pitch Perfect has finished playing at most cinemas in Australia, but it won’t be too long before the DVD is released if you missed it. 

frangipani princess xoxo

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